Rest in peace
|by Gina Dalfonzo|
Recent articles by L. M. Montgomery's granddaughter and biographer have put something of a damper on this year's Anne of Green Gables centennial celebration. According to these articles, the beloved author probably took her own life. (Her granddaughter, Kate Macdonald Butler, says she did; biographer Mary Rubio, who had access to more materials than Butler, seems not quite as certain, but concedes that it's most likely true.)
Frankly, having read Montgomery's published journals, I wasn't surprised. The journals record the life of a deeply sensitive, lonely, depressed woman who became increasingly unable to cope with trouble and loss. But aside from feeling sorry for her, I also feel sorry for the fans who have reacted with shock and incredulity. It's always painful to learn that our idols are human and capable of doing wrong.
In a cryptic note discovered after her death, Montgomery asked for God's forgiveness. I pray He granted her the peace that eluded her in life.
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