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Carmody is a village in Prince Edward Island, located near Avonlea.

HistoryEdit

In the 1870s, people from Avonlea and other nearby villages frequently went to Carmody to buy the things they needed due to the lack of stores in their hometowns. Carmody had two of them, one owned by William J. Blair and the other one by Samuel Lawson. Two doctors lived there at this time, Dr. Spencer and Dr. Blair. A dressmaker lived there as well.

In spring 1876, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert wanted to adopt a boy to help them around their house so they sent word to Mrs. Spencer by Richard Spencer's folks at Carmody.[1]

In the summer of the same year, Diana Barry went to Carmody to visit her aunt.[2] In the following weeks, Matthew and Marilla often purchased something for Anne in one of the stores, namely a fabric with stiff print of an ugly blue shade in order to make Anne new dress or some chocolate sweets.[3][4]

In October, Marilla went to Carmody on the meeting of the Aid Society, allowing Anne to ask Diana to come over and have tea at Green Gables. The next day, Diana went to Carmody with her father, leaving Anne unable to say farewell to her.[5]

In January 1877, Matthew met Mr. Phillips in William Blair's store and they talked about Anne's progress at school. A week later, Diana showed up at the doorstep of Green Gables and asked for help for her ill sister. Matthew immediately harnessed the sorrel mare to go to Carmody for the doctor. However, both the doctors were in Charlottetown so he had to drive to Spencervale to find one.[6]

Near the end of the year, Matthew went to Carmody determined to buy a nice dress for Anne. He always had gone to the Blair's store, but being afraid of his two daughters, he entered the Lawson's one. Matthew was surprised to find there a lady clerk, Lawson's niece Lucilla Harris. He didn't have enough courage to ask for dress and eventually left the store with a new rake and twenty pounds of brown sugar. Mrs. Lynde decided to make the dress herself and went to William Blair's store to buy a nice rich brown fabric.[7]

The last winter Anne spent in Avonlea before she started her studies at Queen's Academy, she had her new coat made by a Carmody dressmaker and a cap bought there as well.[8] The branch railroad to Carmody was to be finished before Anne's departure to Charlottetown.[9]

In the summer of 1880, the guests of White Sands Hotel got up a concert in aid of the Charlottetown hospital, and hunted out all the available amateur talent in the surrounding districts to help it along. A Carmody resident Winnie Adella Blair was to sing a Scotch ballad.[10]

During their first weeks at Queen's Academy, the Avonlea students went out to Carmody on the new branch railway every Friday night. Diana Barry and the young people of Avonlea were there waiting for them almost every time and walked them home from Carmody.[11]

After Matthew Cuthbert's death, Mr. Sadler from Carmody wanted to buy Green Gables. Marilla refused his offer as Anne decided to stay in Avonlea and not to study at Redmond College. She intended to teach at Carmody school, commute there and back in the warm weather and come home only for weekends during the winter. However, as Gilbert Blythe withdrew his application for the Avonlea school, Anne ended up teaching in Avonlea, Gilbert in White Sands and Priscilla Grant got the Carmody school.[12][13]

Mrs. Lynde: "They've given the Carmody school to Priscilla Grant. Didn't you go to Queen's with a girl of that name, Anne?"
Anne: "Yes, indeed. Priscilla to teach at Carmody! How perfectly lovely!"
Rachel Lynde and Anne Shirley discuss the new Carmody teacher.[src]

Anne and Diana drove over to Carmody on a shopping expedition. On the way home, Anne noticed a Jersey cow in Mr. Harrison's field and with Diana's help tried to get her out of there. Mr. Shearer of Carmody happened to drive by with his son Jim. He had wanted to buy the cow the previous week and offered the same again. Jim took the cow, left with her to Carmody and sent her to the town in the evening.[14][15]

The Carmody cheese factory was supplied with milk from nearby villages. Clifton Sloane drove there the milk from Avonlea.[16]

Joshua Pye from Carmody was chosen to paint the Avonlea Hall as all four families of Pyes who lived in Avonlea said they wouldn't give a cent unless Joshua got it. Roger Pye bought the colour and Joshua painted the walls, not knowing he had the wrong colour. Only after he finished the job and left home, Mrs. Lynde discovered the mistake he had made on her way from Carmody.[17]

At some point after the arrival of Davy and Dora Keith to Green Gables, Anne Shirley went to a concert held in Carmody.[18]

After a year of teaching at the Carmody school, Priscilla Grant decided to take school back in her hometown and Ruby Gillis became the next teacher.[19] She was very popular there and had many admirers among the local boys.[20]

"She talks about nothing but boys and what compliments they pay her, and how crazy they all are about her at Carmody. And the strange thing is, they ARE, too... Last night when I saw her in Mr. Blair's store she whispered to me that she'd just made a new 'mash.'"
—Diana Barry[src]

On May 23, 1883, the big storm came and hit the area around Carmody, leaving many windows broken and houses damaged.[21]

"Goodness only knows when we'll get glass for [our windows]. Mr. Barry went over to Carmody this afternoon but not a pane could he get for love or money. Lawson and Blair were cleaned out by the Carmody people by ten o'clock."
—Marilla Cuthbert[src]

In September 1883, Anne, Gilbert and Charlie Sloane had to go to the Bright River station since the branch line train from Carmody did not connect with the boat train.[22] However, whenever Anne was coming home from Kingsport, she got off the train in Carmody where Diana was waiting for her.[23]

Ruby Gillis planned to go a concert in Carmody with Herb Spencer in the summer of 1884. Several days later, a party was held at the Gillis' house and Morgan Bell of Carmody came there, being one of Ruby's numerous admirers.[24]

Not long after that, Anne went to Carmody to spend Sunday with her friends, causing the twins go on their own to Sunday school.[25]

LocationEdit

ResidentsEdit

  • Diana Barry's aunt
  • Diana Barry's cousins
  • Morgan Bell
  • Dr. Blair
  • William J. Blair
  • William J. Blair's two daughters
  • Winnie Adella Blair
  • Stephen Clark
  • Stephen Clark's first wife
  • Dressmaker
  • Priscilla Grant (briefly)
  • Ruby Gillis (briefly)
  • Lucilla Harris
  • Samuel Lawson
  • Samuel Lawson's son
  • Samuel Lawson's wife
  • Joshua Pye
  • Mr. Sadler
  • Jim Shearer
  • Mr. Shearer
  • Dr. Spencer
  • Richard Spencer's folks
  • Prissy Strong

BuildingsEdit

  • Carmody cheese factory
  • Carmody school
  • William J. Blair's store
  • Samuel Lawson's store

AppearancesEdit

Book appearances

Short story appearances

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Anne of Green Gables (Chapter 1: Mrs. Rachel Lynde is Surprised)
  2. Anne of Green Gables (Chapter 8: Anne's Bringing-Up is Begun)
  3. Anne of Green Gables (Chapter 11: Anne's Impressions of Sunday School)
  4. Anne of Green Gables (Chapter 12: A Solemn Vow and Promise)
  5. Anne of Green Gables (Chapter 16: Diana is Invited to Tea with Tragic Results)
  6. Anne of Green Gables (Chapter 18: Anne to the Rescue)
  7. Anne of Green Gables (Chapter 25: Matthew Insists on Puffed Sleeves)
  8. Anne of Green Gables (Chapter 29: An Epoch in Anne's Life)
  9. Anne of Green Gables (Chapter 31: Where the Brook and River Meet)
  10. Anne of Green Gables (Chapter 33: The Hotel Concert)
  11. Anne of Green Gables (Chapter 35: The Winter at Queen's)
  12. Anne of Green Gables (Chapter 38: The Bend in the Road)
  13. Anne of Avonlea (Chapter 1: An Irate Neighbour)
  14. Anne of Avonlea (Chapter 2: Selling in Haste and Repenting at Leisure)
  15. Anne of Avonlea (Chapter 3: Mr. Harrison at Home)
  16. Anne of Avonlea (Chapter 6: All Sorts and Conditions of Men ... and Women)
  17. Anne of Avonlea (Chapter 9: A Question of Colour)
  18. Anne of Avonlea (Chapter 10: Davy in Search of a Sensation)
  19. Anne of Avonlea (Chapter 19: Just a Happy Day)
  20. Anne of Avonlea (Chapter 26: Around the Bend)
  21. Anne of Avonlea (Chapter 24: A Prophet in His Own Country)
  22. Anne of the Island (Chapter 3: Greeting and Farewell)
  23. Anne of the Island (Chapter 7: Home Again)
  24. Anne of the Island (Chapter 11: The Round of Life)
  25. Anne of the Island (Chapter 13: The Way of Transgressors)

See alsoEdit

Locations
Cities
Boston · Charlottetown
Houses
Bonnyview · Echo Lodge · The Evergreens · Glen St. Mary manse · Green Gables
House of Dreams · Ingleside · Lone Willow Farm · Lynde's Hollow · Maplehurst · Mount Holly
Orchard Slope · Patty's Place · Tomgallon House · Windy Poplars · The Yellow House
Nature
Haunted Wood · Hester Gray's garden · Lake of Shining Waters · Lover's Lane · Rainbow Valley
Provinces
Manitoba · New Brunswick · Nova Scotia · Ontario · Prince Edward Island · Saskatchewan
Schools
Avonlea school · Glen St. Mary school · Queen's Academy · Redmond College · Summerside High School
Towns
Bolingbroke · Grafton · Hopetown · Kingsport · Summerside
Villages
Avonlea · Carmody · Glen St. Mary · Harbour Head · Lowbridge · Millward
Newbridge · Scottsford · Spencervale · Upper Glen · White Sands
Other
Avonlea Hall · Canada · Four Winds · Hammond Sawmill
Old St. John's Cemetery · Over-Harbour · Spook's Lane · Tomorrow

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