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Elements that Inspired L.M. Montgomery's Stories (con't.)

photo of Lucky the catscrapbook page featuring cats Another favorite image that Montgomery preserved in her scrapbooks was the cat. She was enthralled with cats, taking their pictures, clipping bits of their fur to preserve in the scrapbook, cutting out pages of photographs of them from magazines. She and George Boyd MacMillan in Scotland shared this fascination for cats, exchanging anecdotes throughout their thirty-nine-year correspondence. In her journals and letters Montgomery talked most often of Daffy and Lucky.

photo of Daffy the cat from scrapbook
She had Daffy shipped up from the Island after she and her new husband settled into Leaskdale, Ontario. Daffy appeared on the scrapbook page that described her wedding. Lucky became her companion and friend, and she dedicated Jane of Lantern Hill to his memory. In the scrapbooks we find pages of images that tell their own stories. Many of the novels have cats, prowling, being mysterious, charming the characters of the stories.

newspaper clippingsMontgomery cut out articles about cats and pasted those, too, into the scrapbooks. One such piece shows an engraving of Madame Ronner's cat Banjo. Did Montgomery have this image in mind when she revised her manuscript of The Blue Castle and changed one of Barney's cats from the name "Jiggle Squeak" to "Banjo"? The Blue Castle manuscriptIt is fitting, perhaps, that the very last entry in the scrapbooks, in 1937, is a comic article about a cat. Mr. MacMillan, no doubt, had sent her the British clipping about a huge, ex-movie-star, whiskey-drinking cat named Matthew of Greengables, who answered to the name of Marilla! Cats were so beloved by Montgomery that she even added a black cat to her signature.

Montgomery 's signature with Black Cat stamp

[for more information on Montgomery's visual imagination, please see Dr. Elizabeth R. Epperly's chapter "L.M. Montgomery's Visual Imagination" in the University of Toronto Press (2002) publication Making Avonlea: L.M. Montgomery and Popular Culture, edited by Dr. Irene Gammel. For more details about book covers see Andrea McKenzie's chapter in the same book. For more information about Montgomery and photography, please see The Bend in the Road, CD-ROM, available through lmmontgomery.ca]


Introduction | Adventures in Collecting | L.M. Montgomery's Works | Changing Perception of Montgomery's Writing | A Writer's Visual Imagination | Inspiring Others

go to LM Montgomery Institute at UPEI Website go to University of Guelph Website go to Lucy Maud Montgomery Birthplace Website go to Virtual Museum of Canada Website go to Confederation Centre of the Arts Website go to National Library of Canada Website go to English Home Page go to French Homepage clipping about Madame Ronner's cat Banjo clipping about cat named Matthew of Greengables