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When we first meet Anne, she is a 13-year-old girl who for nearly ten years has been without parents, after they died of fever, and has suffered because of it. She was forced to work since she was three and rarely had an opportunity to be a happy child. Yet, despite the bullying, partly due to her hair color and imagination, she has always found a means of escape and protected her ability to be vulnerable, open, smile, and curious.
Additional Information About Anne
Is very insecure about her size, red hair, and freckles – to the point she believes she is ugly.
Storytelling, and reading, especially romances, are one of her favorite hobbies, even though she doesn’t see herself finding love.
Cordellia is the star, if not alter ego, of Anne in her stories.
Formerly, her name was Ann Shirley instead of Anne Cuthbert.
At the end of season 2, proclaims she will become a teacher.
Is nicknamed: Melkita’ulamun by Ka’kwet (The name means A Strong And Brave Heart)
Learns her parents are dead and from Glennark, Scotland in Season 3, Episode 4.
Marilla Cuthbert (Geraldine James and Cassidy Fox)
Quiet, sometimes giving the vibe he is shell shocked, Matthew is shy but seems to only be out of fear more than because he likes the quiet. He can definitely be seen as an introvert, and one of the reasons he loves Anne so much is that she livens his life up beyond his normal day to day working the family land.
Additional Information About Matthew
Stopped going to school soon after his brother died.
Part of what molds Matthew’s relationship with Anne is how his relationship was with Michael. Someone who encouraged him to participate in life and social occasions despite being terribly shy.
Diana is one of Anne’s first friends and, outside of Matthew, one of the few people who, originally, is enchanted by her eccentricity. Though her mother sometimes isn’t, which occasionally forces the two apart.
Additional Information About Diana
Isn’t the strongest reader, which makes Anne’s ferocious love for reading one of the reasons why she loves her so much.
Jerry is a young man whose large family is too poor to send him to school, so he works, and at times lives, at the Cuthbert house helping Matthew and running errands. Also, he becomes like an unofficial little brother to Anne, who passes on some of what she learns in school to him.
Additional Information About Jerry
One of the reasons Jerry gets close to Anne is he is close to his sisters, who he usually sleeps with at home.
Jerry has brothers and sisters, with it appearing, as of season 3, he is a middle child. Also, all of his family sleeps on the floor.
Can speak, write and read in English but it isn’t clear if he can write and read his native tongue – French.
Like many of the girls, Ruby wasn’t fond of Anne because of Josie’s influence. However, between Diana and Anne showing herself to not only be a good friend, but reassuring and knowledgeable, they eventually become a trio, Ruby, Diana, and Anne.
Minnie May and Diana’s mother, who is traditional, like Marilla, but with her being a bit higher up on the social ladder, her expectations for her girls differ from Marilla’s with Anne. Which she makes clear to Diana as she pushes her to follow her footsteps.
Gilbert’s father who is bedridden for most of the time we know him, but in his youth was Marilla’s admirer who she cared for very much. He even proposed to her but was sadly rejected.
Additional Information About John
Before he left the area, as a young man, John asked Marilla to join him, but between Michael’s death and her mother being so distraught, she decided to stay home. Though, Marilla also notes she wasn’t brave enough to leave.
Before meeting Gilbert, Sebastian, nicknamed Bash and Trinidad, was a trimmer for 10 years and then worked at sea. But with having long separated from his mother, and having limited access to her, while a freeman, he wasn’t necessarily privileged.
But with meeting Gilbert, who he looks after like a little brother, he begins to develop a sense of family, and finds himself, even when they are off the ship they met on, sticking with the kid. Eventually even moving in with him.
One of Anne’s friends who is a sensitive soul, an artist, and in his interactions with Josephine, comes to accept he is queer. A discovery which forces him to live with her due to the way his family, and the times, are.
Sebastian’s mother who, unfortunately, isn’t a free person. At least, not free as her son to travel and be free. Instead, as she would if enslaved, she takes care of a house and finds herself minding someone else’s child more than her own.
Flirtatious, endearing, and a true grifter, of the combination of himself and Mr. Dunlop, he seems more at ease with conning people out of their money. Also, he is by far the bigger arse hole for he also likes picking with Jerry.
Additional Information About Nate
Pretended to be a geologist while doing his con and would have people pay $150 for their land to be tested.
One half of the Nate/ Dunlop operation which is much more chill when it comes to interacting with locals, though still very serious about making, rather stealing, money. However, with time, he comes to like Green Gables to the point of reconsidering participating in Nate’s scam.
With the death of her son Michael, Marilla, Matthew and Michael’s mother was left in a state of shock. Thus causing Marilla to pick up the slack, followed by Matthew quitting school. And, after death, Matthew does admit a certain amount of anger over their mother tapping out while she still had two children who needed her.
Additional Information About Marilla, Michael and Matthew’s Mother
Rachel’s husband who, unlike most men in Avonlea, is very 50/50 with his wife. Not just when it comes to domestic decisions but finances as well. Making him notable amongst the town – especially women like Eliza Barry.
Gilbert’s co-worker at Dr. Ward’s who proves herself to be a bit of an eccentric young woman. One who likes to talk to the skeleton in the office and even during a date with Gilbert will tease him and misdirect him to make things lively.
But don’t get us wrong, none of this is mean-spirited. It’s just, similar to Anne and Muriel, she is a one of a kind young woman who goes against the grain.
Prissy and Billy’s father who manages the family business. One that he’d rather leave to Billy, a boy not good with numbers, and who’d likely bankrupt the company, than have his daughter even be a co-manager of – due to his traditional values.
A liberal group of mothers who advocate for more access for the women and girls of the area. At least, in theory, as they often oppose more than they advocate for.
Also, this group has power over who teaches local children.
The closest town to Avonlea of note where Aunt Josephine lives.
Aunt Josephine’s Home
The home of Aunt Josephine is large and it is where she hosts a yearly party for the queer and eccentric community she’s become a patron of, alongside her partner Gertrude.
The name of the location Matthew, Anne, and Marilla live.
La Rue Auber
The name of Jeannine’s shop.
The town Green Gables is in where Anne’s family, Rachel’s, Diana’s, and many others live.
The area where the Black Canadians we’re introduced to are segregated to. It’s a marsh, wetland, with mud all over and where the air is so thick you’d think it was near a factory. And while there are some walkways, there are few and they are so thin that people can barely walk side by side.
Where Anne comes from.
Saint Albans Orphanage
Where Anne lived, off and on, from the age of three months to thirteen years of age.
Anne Officially Being Welcomed Into The Family
An event which takes place in Season 1, Episode 2
A Fire At The Gillis House
In episode 4 of season 1, Ruby’s house catches fire and thanks to Anne containing it, this turns the tide in how the girls, and community overall, see her.
The Dal Marie Going Down
A ship, with the Cuthbert family crops, which went down and nearly financially ruined the family and almost led to Matthew committing suicide – for the sake of a life insurance payment.
Gertrude’s Yearly Party
For years Gertrude, using Josephine’s money, would host a party for queer and odd people – giving them the chance to be themselves without the need of hesitation. Also, during this event, a passage would be read.
The School Being Burnt Down
Thanks to a careless mover, in season 3, episode 8, the children’s school burns down. Luckily, this happens with none of them in it and after the school term is over.