Sunday, May 23, 2010

I just want you

"Anne laughed -- then shivered.

'I can never forget the night I thought you were dying, Gilbert. Oh, I knew -- I KNEW then -- and I thought it was too late.'

'But it wasn't, sweetheart. Oh, Anne, this makes up for everything, doesn't it? Let's resolve to keep this day sacred to perfect beauty all our lives for the gift it has given us.'

'It's the birthday of our happiness,' said Anne softly. 'I've always loved this old garden of Hester Gray's, and now it will be dearer than ever.'

'But I'll have to ask you to wait a long time, Anne,' said Gilbert sadly. 'It will be three years before I'll finish my medical course. And even then there will be no diamond sunbursts and marble halls.'

Anne laughed.

'I don't want sunbursts and marble halls. I just want YOU ... Sunbursts and marble halls may be all very well, but there is more "scope for imagination" without them. And as for the waiting, that doesn't matter. We'll just be happy, waiting and working for each other -- and dreaming. Oh, dreams will be very sweet now.'

Gilbert drew her close to him and kissed her. Then they walked home together in the dusk, crowned king and queen in the bridal realm of love, along winding paths fringed with the sweetest flowers that ever bloomed, and over haunted meadows where winds of hope and memory blew."

--Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of the Island, Chapter XLI: Love Takes Up the Glass of Time.

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