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The theme of imagination runs throughout Chapter 16: "Diana Is Invited to Tea with Tragic Results", of Anne of Greene Gables, by Lucy Maude Montgomery. Anne’s imagination runs from one incident to the next with multiple examples of Anne living in a dream world of her imagination.
One of the first statements Anne makes that points to her use of imagination is when she brings in autumn leaves to decorate her bedroom and says to Marilla, “And you know one can dream so much better in a room where there are pretty things. I’m going to put these boughs in the old blue jug and set them on my table.” She is setting the stage; this use of imagination is a beautiful example of imagery but Anne’s imagination does not always portend to wonderful things.
Her imagination often gets her in troublesome situations. She tells of the time she was supposed to get tea for Matthew and forgot to as she was caught up in thought so to remedy the situation she told him a story which she forgot the ending to but she simply used her imagination to make one up.
When she is allowed to have her friend come to tea, she says to Manilla, “You ARE able to imagine things after all.” She is so very excited to have her friend over that she imagines herself at the head of the table serving tea and treats to her friend. When her friend visit Anne tells her friend, Diana, a number of her imaginings and the consequences that occurred because she let her thoughts take over. She talks of imaginary illness, and of becoming a nun. Unfortunately, their afternoon tea takes a turn for the worst, and her imaginary plans go sorely awry.
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