2011: 88. Kilmeny of the Orchard

"The sunshine of a day in early spring, honey pale and honey sweet, was showering over the red brick buildings of Queenslea College and the grounds about them, throing through the bare, budding maples and elms, delicate evasive etchings of gold and brown on the paths, and coaxing into life the daffodils that were peering greenly and perkily up under the windows of the co-eds' dressing room."

Kilmeny of the Orchard, L.M. Montgomery

    This one is pretty slight*, and pretty treacly.  It's the story of Eric Marshall, a young man from a wealthy family, who, upon graduating (with honors, natch) from college, goes to a small PEI town to school teach, taking over the spot of a sickly friend.  While there he falls in love with a beautiful girl, who plays violin like an angel (the titular Kilmeny - what a name!).  Only hitch? She is mute - she has never talked, though (bien sur!) she is not brain damaged in anyway, and indeed, there seems to be no physiological cause for her muteness.  She, of course, loves him, but refuses to wed him and saddle him with a mute wife.  I will throw up a SPOILER, but you probably don't need to read the book to figure out that by the end Kilmeny will be talking again and they will be happily wed.  Plus, the book is written (as the opening lines about probably indicate) in the most flowery of Montgomery styles, probably to pad out the paper thin plot).  I guess what I'm saying is that this is not a favorite.  

Categories:  Fiction, Re-Read, L.M. Montgomery Project 

*So slight, in fact, that there is a short story version of it Among the Shadows, which does the job just as well, and adds a nice, spooky element. 

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017