She had looked her duty courageously in the face and found it a friend – as duty ever is when we meet it frankly.
Anne of Green Gables
After a successful year of study at Queens College and the future rosy with promise Anne had returned to Green Gables only to face in quick succession the death of Matthew and Marilla’s failing eyesight and the consequent sale of Green Gables.
Duty is, a moral or legal obligation, the binding force of what is right or what is required on one and is so often seen as an onerous responsibility.
However, there is a delightful twist or insight in Montgomery’s quote. Faced openly and courageously we can discover in duty a friend that leads us rather than onerously but delightfully toward maturity, living life freely and responsibly.