Emily's Quest (Emily Series #3)

Emily's Quest (Emily Series #3)

by L. M. Montgomery

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The third and final volume of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s celebrated Emily trilogy, Emily’s Quest is a vigorously drawn study of a woman coming to terms with love and her own ambition. In no other novel did Montgomery explore more fully the beauty, complexity, and wonder of love. In every detail, this mature novel, by one of the world’s best-loved authors, captures the drama and confusion of a young life on the brink.

Along with Emily of New Moon and Emily Climbs, Emily’s Quest is an honest and poignant portrait of a singular woman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553264937
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 07/01/1983
Series: Emily Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 147,681
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 7.91(h) x 0.67(d)
Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

L. M. Montgomery was born in 1874 on Prince Edward Island, Canada, where she spent her childhood living with her grandparents in an old farmhouse. A prolific writer, she published many short stories, poems and novels, many of which were inspired by the years she spent on the beautiful Prince Edward Island. Anne of Green Gables and its sequels have always been amongst the most popular of children's classics, yet many readers consider the Emily trilogy to be better, and indeed, Emily was the author's own favourite character. Montgomery died in Toronto in 1942 and was buried on her beloved island.

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One  I "No more cambric tea" had Emily Byrd Starr written in her diary when she came home to New Moon from Shrewsbury, with high school days behind her and immortality before her. Which was a symbol. When Aunt Elizabeth Murray permitted Emily to drink real tea – as a matter of course and not as an occasional concession – she thereby tacitly consented to let Emily grow up. Emily had been considered grown-up by other people for sometime, especially by Cousin Andrew Murray and Friend Perry Miller, each of whom had asked her to marry him and been disdainfully refused for his pains. When Aunt Elizabeth found this out she knew it was no use to go on making Emily drink cambric tea. Though, even then, Emily had no real hope that she would ever be permitted to wear silk stockings. A silk petticoat might be tolerated, being a hidden thing, in spite of its seductive rustle, but silk stockings were immoral. So Emily, of whom it was whispered somewhat mysteriously by people who knew her to people who didn't know her,  "she writes," was accepted as one of the ladies of New Moon, where nothing had ever changed since her coming there seven years before and where the carved ornament on the sideboard still cast the same queer shadow of an Ethiopian silhouette on exactly the same place on the wall where she had noticed it delightedly on her first evening there. An old house that had lived its life long ago and so was very quiet and wise and a little mysterious. Also a little austere, but very kind. Some of the Blair Water and Shrewsbury people thought it was a dull place and outlook for a young girl and said she had been very foolish to refuse Miss Royal's offer of a "position on a magazine" in New York. Throwing away such a good chance to make something of herself! But Emily, who had very clear-cut ideas of what she was going to make of herself, did not think life would be dull at New Moon or that she had lost her chance of Alpine climbing because she had elected to stay there. She belonged by right divine to the Ancient and Noble Order of Story-tellers. Born thousands of years earlier she would have sat in the circle around the fires of the tribe and enchanted her listeners. Born in the foremost files of time she must reach her audience through many artificial mediums. But the materials of story weaving are the same in all ages and all places. Births, deaths, marriages, scandals – these are the only really interesting things in the world. So she settled down very determinedly and happily to her pursuit of fame and fortune – and of something that was neither. For writing, to Emily Byrd Starr, was not primarily a matter of worldly lucre or laurel crown. It was something she had to do. A thing – an idea – whether of beauty or ugliness, tortured her until it was "written out." Humorous and dramatic by instinct, the comedy and tragedy of life enthralled her and demanded expression through her pen. A world of lost but immortal dreams, lying just beyond the drop-curtain of the real, called to her for embodiment and interpretation – called with a voice she could not – dared not – disobey. She was filled with youth's joy in mere existence. Life was forever luring and beckoning her onward. She knew that a hard struggle was before her; she knew that she must constantly offend Blair Water neighbours who would want her to write obituaries for them and who, if she used an unfamiliar word, would say contemptuously that she was "talking big"; she knew there would be rejection slips galore; she knew there would be days when she would feel despairingly that she could not write and that it was of no use to try; days when the editorial phrase, "not necessarily a reflection on its merits," would get on her nerves to such an extent that she would feel like imitating Marie Bashkirtseff and hurling the taunting, ticking, remorseless sitting-room clock out of the window; days when everything she had done or tried to do would slump – become mediocre and despicable; days when she would be tempted to bitter disbelief in her fundamental conviction that there was as much truth in the poetry of life as in the prose; days when the echo of that "random word" of the gods, for which she so avidly listened, would only seem to taunt her with its suggestions of unattainable perfection and loveliness beyond the reach of mortal ear or pen. She knew that Aunt Elizabeth tolerated but never approved her mania for scribbling. In her last two years in Shrewsbury High School Emily, to Aunt Elizabeth's almost incredulous amazement, had actually earned some money by her verses and stories. Hence the toleration. But no Murray had ever done such a thing before. And there was always that sense, which Dame Elizabeth Murray did not like, of being shut out of something. Aunt Elizabeth really resented the fact that Emily had another world, apart from the world of New Moon and Blair Water, a kingdom starry and illimitable, into which she could enter at will and into which not even the most determined and suspicious of aunts could follow her. I really think that if Emily's eyes had not so often seemed to be looking at something dreamy and lovely and secretive Aunt Elizabeth might have had more sympathy with her ambitions. None of us, not even self-sufficing Murrays of New Moon, like to be barred out.

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Emily's Quest 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
kathryngw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing and spectacular! Good writing, painfully wonderful with supreme bliss at the very end. The author literally lifts you out of the most miserable depths that it is possible for a reader to feel and throws you up into clouds of bliss! Highly recommended!
rainbowdarling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As the culmination to the Emily series, I like this one the best. It has that bit of drama and a little bit of mystery that made me want to keep reading. When I read it as a teenager, I remember thinking that the Emily books were dark, but having read them more recently now, I'm finding that really this is the only one with slightly dark elements, and even those pale in comparison to Montgomery's other books. All the same, I really did enjoy the progression of the story, the character's struggles with tradition, with ambition and with (perceived) unrequited love. The ending seems almost too clean to wrap things up in a satisfying way, but the ending does satisfy that need for closure and the need for all of the characters to be with those whom they love. I can't help it - sometimes I just need a story with a clean ending, and Emily fulfills that need.
KendraRenee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
ok, getting tired of romantic love stories. Time to read something by someone other than L.M. Montgomery, though I still do adore her.
callmecordelia1912 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Off all the Emily books, this was my least favorite. I spent most of the novel wondering how on earth she could become engaged to Dean, and why, oh, why, didn't she and Teddy simply tell each other how they felt. Then all this misunderstanding never would have happened. I felt so dreadful when she burned her first book. However, like all L M novel's every thing's always alright at the end.
seekingflight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lovely to re-discover this old childhood favourite. It's said that the Emily books are somewhat autobiographical, and more closely resemble LM Montgomery's own life than the Anne books. Reading this shortly after excerpts of Montomery's own journals, it's interesting to recognise certain (occasional) chunks of Emily's journal which appear to be taken from Montgomery's own journal almost verbatim.
onlyhope1912 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Off all the Emily books, this was my least favorite. I spent most of the novel wondering how on earth she could become engaged to Dean, and why, oh, why, didn't she and Teddy simply tell each other how they felt. Then all this misunderstanding never would have happened. I felt so dreadful when she burned her first book. However, like all L M novel's every thing's always alright at the end.
Wanderlust_Lost on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The third and final Emily novel I think this book is brilliant. I love the story and the idea that some people (Emily and Teddy, Ilse and Perry) just belong together. It's beautiful and moving and so romantic. I love Emily's prophetic dreams and visions and I love that Emily, unlike her counterpart Anne, never changes and never stops being herself. It's a delicious read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That ending....just so wonderful. Amazing ending to the series! Oh Ilse, what will we do without you? (:
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
This was a charming story and a finale to the wonderful Emily series. I wish Emily's story didn't have to end here! Devouring an Emily book is like reading pure poetic prose. The storyline of "Emily's Quest" was amazing. Emily is in a tug-of-war with her writing. She sometimes is successfully triumphant, and sometimes deeply failing at her writings. I really loved this particular series from L.M. Montgomery. One day, I will most definitely be reading all three books again.
Booklover1776 More than 1 year ago
I have always loved L.M. Montgomery's books. The Emily books are not my favorite that she has written (it is actually The Blue Castle and the Anne books), but they are still very good. It focuses on a heroine that is somewhat similar to Anne, but with a different twist. There are a total of three books in the Emily series. And I love the new look for the paperback! The artwork is beautiful. The only problem... now I want to update all of my collection of her books to match the new look. :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1: ATHLETICS <br> <p> 2: SURVIVAL <br> <p> 3: gold-smithing <br> <p> 4: STRATEGIES <br> <p> 5: mythincal creature knowlage <br> <p> Rune teaches the dragon class, so yeah. She will go to her classes if she doesn't have one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1. COMBAT MAGIC / 2. Combat / 3. Hunting / 4. Athletics / 5. Strategy / 6. Survival / 7. Monster fighting / 8. Healing / 9. Gladiating / 10. War combat./
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1. Combat <p> 2. Alchemy <p> 3. Strategy <p> 4. Animal Charming. <p> 5. Crafting <p> 6. Survival <p> 7. Monster Fighting <p> 8. Healing <p> 9. War Combat. <p> 10. Elementals
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1;ATHLETICS 2;Crafting 3Monster Training 4:COMBAT 5;Monster Combat 6;War Combat 7;SURVIVAL 8;STRATEGY 9;HUNTING 10;Art of Outlawing.
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This one takes you on many twists and turns and frustrating journeys. It is all worth it!
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silverwings More than 1 year ago
This books is so thrillingly romantic. I love Emily's love story. It was so touching, and I actually cried when Teddy's mother told her the truth. This book is worth reading and worth keeping!
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I got so drawn into this third Emily book that I completely zoned out! I also found myself saying a quick prayer for characters in the story--then I'd catch myself and realize they weren't real people! That's how true the book became to me as I read it. It took me two days to read it, and it only took that long because I had a big event I was involved in! L.M. Montgomery has written a story that comes very close to my heart and soul. Emily's dreams come true were so inspirational, and in a way, coincide with my own dreams come true!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is outstanding. It is the best out of the entire series, and also is one of L.M. Montgomery's best books. I have read many books, and everytime I pick this one up, I feel like I AM Emily. I understand her perfectly. She feels like the one best friend that understands you and you understand!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I read it all in one day. It was so good I couldn't put it down. LM is an awesome writer. She always writes something inspirational, and this book is no different. I suffered with Emily and laughed with her. It's a marvelous classic