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Grandpa Abraham and Grandma Elizabeth had fourteen children with the names of Roger, Olivia, Felicity, Felix, Julia, Stephen, Edward, Louisa, Alan, and Alec. The rest of the names are never given.
Roger, Olivia, Sara, and Peter live together. Both Roger and Olivia are single in The Story Girl but in The Golden Road Olivia marries Dr. Seton.
"Uncle Roger is big and jolly. But he teases people too much. You ask him a serious question and you get a ridiculous answer, He hardly ever scolds or gets cross, though, and that is something. He is an old bachelor."
Olivia is sweet and has blue eyes and blonde hair.
Sara: "No, she was not pretty. She was tall for her fourteen years, slim and straight; around her long, white face - rather too long and too white - fell sleek, dark-brown curls, tied above either ear with rosettes of scarlet ribbon. Her large, curving mouth was red as a poppy, and she brilliant, almond-shaped, hazel eyes; but we did not think her pretty.
Peter Craig is Uncle Roger's hired boy. His mother lives in a different town and cleans houses. They do not know where Mr. Craig is, but in The Golden Road he comes back.
"His name is Peter Craig, and he is a real smart little chap. But he's got his share of mischief."
Blair Stanley is Sara's father. He is an artist and travels about the world drawing portraits. "He had a pointed brown beard and thick wavy brown hair. His cheeks were a dusky red and the lashes of his closed eyes were as long and dark and silken as a girl's."
Felicity, who is The Story Girl's mother, and Felix have both passed away. Felicity passed away due to tuberculosis.
Julia lives in California and Olivia would like to visit her.
Stephan was a sailor and was lost at sea and I believe that Edward is a pastor.
Alec is married to Janet and they have three children, Dan, Felicity, and Cecily.
Alec: "To Uncle Alec we gave our warmest love. We felt that we always had a friend at court in Uncle Alec no matter what we did or left undone." "He was a small man, with thin, delicate features, a close-clipped gray beard, and large, tired, blue eyes."
Janet: "Aunt Janet, a big, bustling, sonsy woman, with full-blow peony cheeks gave us so much good advice and was so constantly telling us to do this or not do do the other thing, that we could not remember half her instructions and did not try."
"Dan was the oldest; he was my age - thirteen. He was a lean, freckled fellow with rather long, long brown hair and the shapely King nose. We recognized it at once. His mouth was his own, however, for it was like to no mouth on either the King or the Ward side; and nobody would have been anxious to claim it, for it was an undeniably ugly one- long and narrow and twisted."
Felicity: "She was plump and dimpled, with big, dark-blue, heavy-lidded eyes, soft, feather,golden curls, and a pink and white skin- 'the King complection'. Felicity had also delightful hands and wrists. At every turn of them a dimple showed itself." "To be sure, Felicity was a stunning beauty, But, with the swift and unerring intuition of childhood, which feels in a moment whit it sometimes takes maturity much time to perceive we realized that she was rather too well aware of her good looks. In brief, we saw that Felicity was vain." The book Felicity is quite similar to the first season Felicity, however; in the book Felicity has curly blond hair. Felicity is a cooking wonder and enjoys reading The Family Guide.
"Cecily, who was eleven, was pretty also- or would have been had Felicity not been there. Felicity rather took the colour from other girls. Cecily looked pale and thin beside her; but she had dainty little features, smooth brown hair of satin sheen, and mild brown eyes, with just a hint of demureness in them now and again. We remembered that Aunt Olivia had written to father that Cecily was a true Ward - she had no sense of humour."
Alan is the father of Beverly and Felix. Alan is a writer and travels.
We don't read a description of Beverly and Felix, but Bev is described as handsome and Felix is described as too fat.
Sara Ray, Clemmie in the series, is "a nice girl. She's only eleven, and her mother is dreadfully strict. She never allows Sara to read a single story. Just you fancy! Sara's conscience is always troubling her for doing things she's sure her mother won't approve, but it never prevents her from doing them. It only spoils her fun. ... Sara is pale and thin and nervous."
Jasper Dale is known as the Awkward Man. He lives at Golden Milestone and farms and writes poetry. In The Golden Road he marries Alice Reade.
Peg Bowen lives in the wood and is thought of as a witch. Her character in the tv series is quite similar to her character in the book. Jasper is described as having beautiful dark blue eyes and long brown hair.
The Story Girl
"Just think, those are the very frogs father listened to when he was a little boy," whispered Felix.
"They can hardly be the same frogs," I objected doubtfully, not feeling very certain about the possible longevity of frogs. "It's twenty years since father left home."
"Well, they're the descendants of the frogs he heard," said Felix.
This isn't a quote, but I'll think you'll see that the idea of this paragraph was used in Sara's Homecoming.
We slipped out of bed and dressed, without arousing Dan, who as still slumbering soundly, his mouth wide open, and his bed-clothes kicked off on the floor. I had hard work to keep Felix from trying to see if he could "shy" a marble into that tempting open mouth.
From the Walk we went to the Pulpit Stone- a huge gray boulder, as high as a man's head, in the southeastern corner. It was straight and smooth in front, but sloped down in natural steps behind, with a ledge midway on which one could stand.
In chapter three The Story Girl tells a story that has Emily King's fiancÚ being killed by a gun accidentally going off. One can tell that the idea was used in The Hope Chest of Arabella King.
Bev asks what Peter is like which brings forth this conversation between Felicity and The Story Girl.
"He can hardly write," said Felicity.
"William the Conqueror couldn't write at all," said the Story Girl crushingly.
Then when Peter joins the crew the conversation of his going to church arises.
"Well, I ain't going to church till I've made up my mind whether I'm going to be a Methodist or a Presbyterian. Aunt Jane was a Methodist. My mother ain't much of anything but I mean to be something. It's more respectable to be a Methodist or a Presbyterian, or something, than not to be anything. When I've settled what I'm to be I'm going to church same as you."
"That's not the same as being born something," said Felicity loftily.
Another idea that was used in The Witch of Avonlea is from chapter four concerning Pat.
"Pat isn't a bit better. He just mopes about the kitchen," said the Story Girl anxiously. "I went out to the barn and I saw a mouse. I had a stick in my hand and I fetched a swipe at it- so. I killed it stone dead. Then I took it in to Paddy. Will you believe it? He wouldn't even look at it.
After the Story Girl convinces Peter to go to church we read this conversation.
"What is the matter with your stockings, Peter?" asked Dan bluntly.
"Oh, I hadn't a pair without holes in the legs," answered Peter easily, "because ma hadn't time to darn them this week. So I put on two pairs. The holes don't come in the same places, and you'd never notice them unless you looked right close."
Chapter five is entitled Peter Goes to Church and quite a bit of this chapter is used in Conversions
In chapter six the children begin seeking ways to make money for the school library. We read Clemmie's praying for money as well as Felicity's saying that fat boys don't like weeding. During this chapter is when we read of the magic seeds. The idea of the magic seeds is used in The Journey Begins. In the book, a boy sells the magic seeds that he claims he has gotten from Peg Bowen. The power of the seeds varies on the person who bought the seeds.
When the Story Girl is asking Mr. Campbell for money Mr. Campbell asks why he should give money. The Story Girl replies saying, "Because a lady asks you." This line is used in The Quarantine at Alexander Abraham's.
We also learn that Mr. Campbell great grandfather is Donald Fraser. I *think* that this is the name of the fiancÚ in Old Quarrels, Old Love.
In chapter nine after the children learn the truth of the magic seeds Felicity says, "After all, what could you expect from a pig but a grunt?" which is said by Sara to Felix in Song of the Night.
In the extras of season one when the children are trying out for their parts there is a seen in the barn where Sara talks about going barefoot to the magic lantern show. This can be read in chapter ten. The basis of the measles and Sara's talking Clemmie into coming to the show can be read in this chapter and the next chapter. (Episode: The Story Girl Earns Her Name)
Due to Sara Ray's [Clemmie] being ill Sara is doing penance and has various ideas. A frustrated Aunt Janet says, "I would say anything," retorted Aunt Janet. "I'd simply turn you over my knee and give you a sound, solid spanking, Miss Sara. ..."
In chapter eleven The Story Girl is talking about the moon and says, "I'd like a dress of moonshine, with stars for buttons."
"It wouldn't do," said Felicity decidedly. "You could see through it."
The idea of that dress is used in The Journey Begins.
In chapter twelve the Story Girl tells the tale of the The Blue Hope Chest of Rachel Ward. The idea of the story is seen in The Blue Chest of Arabella King.
This isn't in a movie or even mentioned, but I thought it was interesting. Dan King likes to read Henty books. Now, I'm not certain if this is correct, but there was an English author by the name of G.A. Henty who wrote stirring books for boys. I've read a few of them and I know that the books would have been written when The Story Girl takes place, so it's possible that this is the Henty that Maud means.
In chapter thirteen the old saying "It never rains, but it pours." is used. It's quite possible that this is where the writers got this quote that Rachel says in one of the episodes in either season one or season two.
From chapters twelve to eighteen the children are left home alone with just Uncle Roger. Quite a few of the events that take place during these chapters are used in The Proof of the Pudding. Two of the happenings in the book are the poison berries and the sawdust pudding. In this case, though, it is Sara who makes the pudding and not Felicity. Quotes such as "A nice way to talk to your sister when you may be dead in an hour's time." can also be read in the book.
Chapter eighteen is entitled "How Kissing Was Discovered". This chapter is nothing like the episode with the same title, but one can see that this is where the writers got the name of the episode.
I'm still reading through The Story Girl so check back in a week for more updates! After I finish reading the book I intend to read The Golden Road.
In chapters nineteen and twenty the children are convinced that the end of the world will be at two o'clock on Sunday. The episode Vows of Silence is based on this episode; however, in the book there is no confession to reading a diary out-loud or a comb being taken.
In chapter twenty-four Peg Bowen steps on Pat's tail and Pat scratches Peg's leg. The next day Pat feels poorly and continues to get worse each day. The children decide that they should each give Peg a gift and Sara writes a letter which begins with "Respected Madam". Many of the ideas in this chapter are used in The Witch of Avonlea. Once Pat is better Dan remarks that, "Pat just got sick and got better again of his own accord."
In chapter twenty-six the boys have a preaching contest. Peter is preaching and Felix, much to the horror of the others, cries out "Amen!". Peter gives Felix a look and says, "You haven't any business to call out a think like that right in the middle of a sermon," he said.
"They do it in the Methodist church at Markdale." protested Felix, somewhat abashed. "I've heard them."
I think that it's quite possible that that line is where the writers got Felix's line in Conversions where he says, "Methodists say amen a lot more than Presbyterians." ... "They do! I've heard them!"
In chapter twenty-six Sara Ray is frightened by Peter's sermon and she goes into hysterics and runs into the barn where Uncle Alec is. A furious Alec comes back and says, "And the next time I find you up to such doings on Sunday or any other day I'll give you cause to remember it to your latest hour." Janet says something similar to this inThe Quarantine at Alexander Abraham's. (Thanks, Kindred!)
Again, this may not be where the writers got this line, but it is possible. Peter and Felix have been fighting which ensues this conversation.
"I said they oughtn't to fight for fun, or bad temper," retorted Peter. "This is different. I know what I'm fighting for but I can't think of the word."
"I guess you mean principle," I suggested.
Yes, that's it," agreed Peter. "It's all right to fight for principle. It's kind of praying with your fists.
The talking about fighting for principle makes me think of Felicity's Perfect Beau when Gus and Arthur are fighting in the barn.
In chapter twenty-eight Peter hasn't been feeling well and hasn't been doing his work. Felix, who is still upset with Peter says, "He's just lazy, that's what's the matter with him."
Peter becomes stricken with measles and one can tell from reading the chapters that this is what Peter's illness in Conversions is based upon. Felicity says, "Fancy catching them from a hired hand." and in the narration Bev mentions that old people die which Felicity also says in the episode.
The children are saying nice things about Peter and the Story Girl says, "It's too late to be saying all these nice things about him now," said the Story Girl. "He won't ever know how much we thought of him. It's too late."
Then later the children speculate whether or not Peter will got to heaven since he isn't a church member.
In chapter thirty-two Janet receives a letter telling her that Rachel Ward has died. "Hurrah!" shouted Dan.
"Donald King," said his mother severely, "Rachel Ward was your relation and she is dead. What do you mean by such behavior?"
I never was acquainted with her," said Dan sulkily. "And I wasn't hurrahing because she is dead. I hurrahed because that blue chest is to be opened at last."
Janet waits until the next day to open the chest, much to the protests of the children. Some of the contents found in the chest are the same, but there is no clock as there is in the episode,The Blue Hope Chest of Arabella King.
The Golden Road
In the first chapter the children play Blind Man's Bluff. Peter allows himself to be caught easily so that he might have the pleasure of catching Felicity. Blind Man's Bluff is played in Conversions and Peter does catch Felicity.
The Story Girl decides it would be fun for them to make their own newspaper. The employs the help of Bev and we are able to read extractions from the newspaper throughout the book. The newspaper that Felicity and Sara make in Dreamer of Dreams is similar to the one that is made in the book. However, in the book the newspaper is never printed in a widely read paper.
In chapter four the children make New Year resolutions and Cecily resolves "... to believe only half of what I hear." Cecily says something similar to this in The Materializing of Duncan McTavish.
Great Aunt Eliza visits in chapter six- or at least, that's what the children think. Much of this chapter is used in Proof of the Pudding. "Eliza" can't stay long, but stays for tea. Cecily shows "Eliza" old photos and Dan makes rather hilarious comments on the photos. Felicity does have a cooking error, but the error is not the pudding as it is in the episode. The children learn of their error and in a few days they receive a letter from Agnes Clark Lesley asking them to forgive her.
In chapter eight the children get lost in the woods due to a blizzard. They stumbled upon Peg's house and spend the night there. The description of Peg's house and the contents are similar to what we see when Felix gets lost in the snowstorm in The Witch of Avonlea.
While at Peg's house Peter asks Peg why she doesn't go to church. Peg replies saying, "Well, anyway, I belong to the round church," said Peg comfortably, "and so the devil can't catch me> at the corners.
This isn't necessarily where the writers got this line for Gus in Modern Times, but in chapter eleven Jasper says, "Don't let your hearts run away with your judgment and kill him with kindness.
In an episode (help!) I believe Rachel or Hetty says, "Idle hands are the devils workshop." I realize this is a quote said by more than Avonlea characters but in chapter thirteen Felicity says, "Satan finds some mischief still for idle hands."
Both Aunt Olivia and Jasper Dale get married in The Golden Road but they do not marry each other as they do in the show.
In chapter fourteen the children are talking to the wedding and Sara Ray is afraid that she won't be able to go. She says, "I've never been to anything." which if memory serves me correctly she says in The Story Girl Earns Her Name.
In chapter eighteen the children are preparing for the recitations for school. They talk about being nervous and Peter says, "My Aunt Jane used to say that an old teacher of hers told her that when she was going to recite or speak in public she must just get it firmly into her mind that it was only a lot of cabbage heads she had before her, and she wouldn't get nervous." This is used in The Story Girl Earns Her Name except Andrew is the one that gives Sara this advice.
In chapter twenty-one Peg Bowen comes to church. Quite a few of the things she says in Conversions are found in this chapter.
In chapter twenty-three Cecily beseeches Mr. Campbell for ten cents for him to put his name on her missionary quilt. Mr. Campbell says that he will, but Cecily must wear the clothes that she is wearing now to church. This idea is used in Conversions when Sara wears old clothes to church so that Peter won't feel badly.
In chapter twenty-six Uncle Blair comes home and Janet's reaction to learning this is quite similar to her reaction in Nothing Endures But Change.
In chapter thirty-one we learn that Felicity fell out of the barn loft, but she did not injure herself. It's quite possible that the writers got the idea of Sara's falling out of the barn loft in Nothing Endures But Change from this chapter.
Chronicles of Avonela
The Hurrying of Ludovic Speed: This short story is the basis of It's Just a Stage. The only character that has the same name as a person in the episode is Theodora Dix [Dixon in the episode]. In the story Anne Shirley is discussing a way to get Theodora's beau of twenty years to ask Theodora to marry him. Anne tells Theodora to go out with another man. Theodora does this and it causes Mr. Speed to become jealous and ask Theodora to marry him.
Old Lady Lloyd: As you have probably guessed, this is the basis of the episode Old Lady Lloyd (aka Song in the Night). In the short story, Sylvia Gray comes to Spencerville to teach. She loves music and is trying to get a degree but has run out of funds. Old Lady Lloyd knows who Sylvia is and secretly helps Sylvia by giving her a dress and flowers. Old Lady Lloyd goes to church to hear Sylvia sing, but unlike the episode, she stays for the whole service. Old Lady Lloyd goes to her millionaire cousin Andrew Cameron and tells him that he should send Sylvia to study abroad. By the end of the story Sylvia learns who Old Lady Lloyd is and what the elderly lady has done for her.
Each in His Own Tongue: There are no similarities to any episode, but it's possible that from this story is where bits and pieces of Aunt Hetty's Ordeal came from. A grandson is forbidden to play the violin because his grandfather thinks that the music is of the devil. This is similar to what Hetty tells Gus and may possibly be where they got that part of the story line. Interestingly, the name of the boy in the story is Felix.
The Winning of Lucinda: This is where they got Old Quarrels, Old Love. Romney Penhallow has been in love with Lucinda for forty years, but they had a quarrel and they vowed to never speak to each other again. As in "Old Quarrels, Old Love", Romney comes back for a family wedding. Lucinda goes to the wedding with her cousins, and something comes up and her cousins are unable to give her a ride home. A person is supposed to give Lucinda a message to get a ride with someone else, but Lucinda never receives the message. Lucinda is left and she is forced to walk home. While walking she comes across Romney and they walk back together. The bridge that goes across the stream is not there and Romney begins to carry Lucinda across. Romney accidentally slips and falls and Lucinda screams out, "You idiot!" After that moment, they begin to talk to each other and eventually get married.
Aunt Olivia's Beau: This short story is where they got Aunt Abigail's Beau. Malcolm MacPhearson was a poor man, but he left and returned twenty years later rich. When he visits Olivia, he picks her up and swings her around and kisses her three times. Several times Malcolm stuffs flowers in an old vase. As in the episode, Malcolm doesn't wipe his boots before entering the house. He also showers Olivia with jewelry. Olivia refuses to marry him and Malcolm leaves. Her nieces help persuade Olivia that she really does love him and she and her nieces dash to the stagecoach to stop Malcolm from leaving.
The Quarantine at Alexander Abraham's: This is very similar to the episode Quarantine at Alexander Abraham's. The main differences are that Rachel Lynde is Miss McPherson, that there are no kids, and that by the end of the story Miss McPherson and Alexander plan to get married. The doctor is Dr. Blair and the constable is Jeremiah Jeffries.
The Blue Chest of Rachel Ward
The Proof of the Pudding
How Kissing Was Discovered
Dreamers of Dreams
There is a chapter entitled "By Way of the Stars". There is no episode with that name, but there is a Sullivan movie entitled so.
The Quarantine at Alexander Abraham's
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