"Gilbert Blythe was trying to make Anne Shirley look at him and failing utterly....she should look at him, that redhaired Shirley girl with the pointed chin and the big eyes that weren't like the eyes of any other girl in Avonlea school."
(Anne of Green Gables)
"There is a book of Revelation in every one's life... Anne read her's that bitter night, as she kept her agonized vigil through the hours of storm and darkness. She loved Gilbert--had always loved him! She knew that now. She knew that she could no more cast him out of her life without agony than she could have cut off her right hand and cast it from her. And the knowledge had come too late--too late even for the bitter solace of being with him at the last. If she had not been so blind--so foolish--she would have had the right to go to him now.... If Gilbert went away from her, without one word or sign or message, she could not live. Nothing was of any value without him. She belonged to him and he to her. In her hour of supreme agony she had no doubt of that."
(Anne of the Island)
"...a happy and beautiful bride...came down the old, homespun-carpeted stairs that September noon--the first bride of Green Gables, slender and shining-eyed, in the midst of her maiden veil, with her arms full of roses. Gilbert, waiting for her in the hall below, looked up at her with adoring eyes. She was his at last, this evasive, long-sought Anne, won after years of patient waiting. It was to him she was coming in the sweet surrender of the bride. Was he worthy of her? Could he make her as happy as he hoped? If he failed her--if he could not measure up to her standard of manhood--then, as she held out her hand, their eyes met and all doubt was swept away in a glad certainty. They belonged to each other; and, no matter what life might hold for them, it could never alter that. Their happiness was in each other's keeping and both were unafraid."
(Anne's House of Dreams)
Gilbert Blythe is Anne's childhood friend who finally wins her heart. I know for most Anne fans (who have seen the movies) it's difficult to picture anyone but Jonathan Crombie as the incorrigible Gilbert Blythe. Crombie portrayed Gil perfectly in the Sullivan films Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Green Gables The Sequel, and Anne of Green Gables The Continuing Story.
Here are a few pictures of Jonathan Crombie as our Gil.