In September 1874 she attended West Grafton school but she didn't finish it. In 1881, her sister Evelina moved to Boston and Leonora became the fourth housemaid of Miss Lavendar Lewis at her house Echo Lodge.
Life with Lavendar
Charlotta's life with Lavendar could hardly be considered 'normal'. The two were quite a pair, used to eating all sorts of indigestible things, having dreadful midnight snacks—which sometimes resulted in dreams!—, and having riotous occurrences on all occasions. Such was the situation when Anne Shirley and Diana Barry happened to come upon Echo Lodge one day, when Lavendar was pretending to have tea. Charlotta devoutly admired Anne's gracefulness and beauty, though she "liked Diana's beauty", as she assured Anne.
Residence in Boston
Charlotta the Fourth's residence in Boston is not elaborated on much. It is known, though, that she was delighted to be able to go to Boston. "And me only fifteen!"
Charlotta married a young Bostonian bricklayer by the name of Tom, who, of course, called her Charlotta. On the wedding day, though, he said "I take thee, Leonora." She had some children.
Leonora is a female given name of Greek origin, variant of Eleanor and means compassion or light.
- Charlotta (Leonora's nickname) is a female given name of Old German origin, variant of Carol and Charlotte meaning free man.
- Leonora and her sisters Julietta and Evelina shared the same nickname, Charlotta.
Behind the scenes
- Charlotte Mertens provided the voice of Charlotta in the 2008 German audio drama Anne in Avonlea.
- Claire Lewis portrayed Charlotta in two episodes of the 1975 TV series Anne of Avonlea. She is the first actress to play the part.
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TV series appearances
Audio drama appearances