What is an example of a soliloquy in "Anne of Green Gables"? 

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A soliloquy is most often understood in the context of a play when one of the characters expresses him or herself privately (aside) so that the audience has an insight into something the other characters are unaware of. In Anne of Green Gables, Anne talks a lot—something that Matthew, who will now share guardianship of Anne with his sister Marilla, is not used to. Anne talks regardless of who is listening, and although she includes short questions such as "haven't we?"... "isn't it?" ... "ain't I?" she never waits for a response and continues soliloquizing.  

Anne has a vivid imagination and likes to embellish her surroundings by using sophisticated words and even poetic language to make everything seem so much nicer than it really is. The reader learns much about Anne through her long speeches and graphic descriptions. In chapter two, Anne has been waiting at the train station for Matthew, who has just collected her. Having declined Matthew's offer to carry her bag, she launches into a speech about her bag, how she is excited to "belong" to someone, and her life in the "asylum" (the name for the orphanage) where there is "so little scope for the imagination." 

The usually quiet Matthew is barely involved in the conversation at all, and on the way home, Anne continues to talk. She wishes for a white dress, and although she has only the unflattering aslylum dress to wear, she imagines it is "pale blue silk." She comments that "when you ARE imagining you might as well imagine something worth while" and proceeds to mention everything about her train ride. She only stops because she has been wondering "what DOES make the roads red?" Matthew doesn't know and Anne continues to talk but does register that she is talking too much, and when Matthew admits that he is enjoying listening to her talk on and on, Anne is delighted.