'What's your name?'In our house, we have been watching the Anne of Green Gables trilogy over the past couple of days. We hope to watch the third instalment tomorrow. I am a little reluctant about tomorrow's film. I grew up with the first two and have thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful romantic humour of them, not to mention the memories that they have brought back to me. I remember falling in love with Anne's character as a child and really enjoying The Road to Avonlea. However, I have never seen the third film and understand that it deviates considerably from Lucy Maud Montgomery's original series of books.
The child hesitated for a moment.
'Will you please call me Cordelia?' she said eagerly.
'Call you Cordelia? Is that your name?'
'No-o-o, it's not exactly my name, but I would love to be called Cordelia. It's such a perfectly elegant name.'
'I don't know what on earth you mean. If Cordelia isn't your name, what is?'
'Anne Shirley,' reluctantly faltered forth the owner of that name, 'but, oh, please do call me Cordelia. It can't matter much to you what you call me if I'm only going to be here a little while, can it? And Anne is such an unromantic name.'
'Unromantic fiddlesticks!' said the unsympathetic Marilla. 'Anne is a real good plain sensible name. You've no need to be ashamed of it.'
'Oh, I'm not ashamed of it,' explained Anne, 'only I like Cordelia better. I've always imagined that my name was Cordelia - at least, I always have of late years. When I was young I used to imagine it was Geraldine, but I like Cordelia better now. But if you call me Anne please call me Anne spelled with an E.'
'What difference does it make how it's spelled?' asked Marilla with another rusty smile as she picked up the teapot.
'Oh, it makes such a difference. It looks so much nicer. When you hear a name pronounced can't you always see it in your mind, just as if it was printed out? I can; and A-n-n looks dreadful, but A-n-n-e looks so much more distinguished. If you'll only call me Anne spelled with an E I shall try to reconcile myself to not being called Cordelia.'
Has anybody any thoughts about it?
In searching for a photograph for this post, I encountered this. As an Anne lover, I am skeptical of this. I would love to see it and enjoy it but I'm also worried that this sort of meddling may spoil the story for me. Is anybody who has seen it able to offer any insights? I would be very grateful.
Thank you so much.