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Chapter 4


is there? (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)Y2(end superscript) What is the name of that geranium on the window-sill, please?”

“That is “That’s the apple-scented geranium.”

“Oh, I don’t mean that sort of a name. I mean just a name you gave it yourself. Didn’t you give it a name? May I give it one then? Z2

“Goodness, I don’t care. But where on earth is the sense of naming a geranium?”

“Oh, I like things to have handles even if they are only geraniums. Yes,(begin superscript)A3(end superscript) I shall call it Bonny. I named that cheerry cherry-tree outside my bedroom window this morning. I called it Snow Queen because it was so white. Of course, it won’t always be in bleos blossom, but one can imagine that it is, can’t one?”


LMM Notes

LMM Note Y2
And it's so hard to keep from loving things, isn't it? That was why I was so glad when I thought I was going to live here. I thought I'd have so many things to love and nothing to hinder me. But that brief dream is over. I am resigned to my fate now, so I don't think I'll go out for fear I'll get unresigned again.

LMM Note Z2
May I call it — let me see — Bonny would do — may I call it Bonny while I'm here? Oh, do let me."

LMM Note A3
It makes them seem more like people. How do you know but that it hurts a geranium's feelings just to be called a geranium and nothing else? You wouldn't like to be called nothing but a woman all the time.


four geranium plants with bright red and pink flowers in a sunny windowsill

"I shall call it Bonny": Four bright geraniums in the window of the kitchen at Green Gables Heritage Place.

On the very first page of the diary Montgomery started after burning her childhood ones, she talks about her own geranium named "Bonny": "I like things to have handles even if they are only geraniums." See the Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery, 1889–1901 (September 21, 1889, p. 3).
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