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Dora Keith was the daughter of Mary Keith and her husband, the twin sister of Davy Keith, the niece of Richard Keith and most likely the wife of Ralph Andrews.


Early life

Dora and her twin brother Davy were born in 1875 in East Grafton to Mr. Keith and Mary Keith. They were raised together and lived only with their mother after their father's death.

In October 1881, when the twins were six years old, their mother became ill and died after some time. Marilla Cuthbert, the third cousin of their father, decided to take them in after Mary's death. After their mother's funeral in East Grafton, Marilla brought the twins to Green Gables.

Life at Green Gables

Dora was extremely obedient and did any task she was told to do. Marilla gave Davy and Dora a small plot of ground for a garden. Dora planted, weeded, and watered carefully, systematically, and dispassionately. As a result, her plot was already green with prim, orderly little rows of vegetables and annuals.

When Anne left for college, Davy could not eat his porridge, but Dora, not wanting to waste food (despite the fact that Anne was going away), ate hers and ate Davy's seeing that he couldn't eat his.

It was mentioned in Anne of Windy Poplars that Dora owned a kitten or kittens.

Marriage with Ralph Andrews

In 1892, seventeen-year-old Dora and Ralph Andrews were courting. Gilbert Blythe predicted that they would marry soon because Dora was worried that she would become an old maid.

If they married, it likely occurred in the mid 1890s and after the wedding they settled down at Ralph's share of the family farm. It's more than possible they had several children together, who became good friends with their cousins – Davy Keith's children and the sons of Billy and Jane.


"Dora, like the immortal and most prudent Charlotte, who "went on cutting bread and butter" when her frenzied lover's body had been carried past on a shutter, was one of those fortunate creatures who are seldom disturbed by anything..."
—Dora's personality.

Dora was obedient and eager to do what her elders told her to do. She was extremely unemotional, unlike Davy and was rarely able to cry more than two delicate tears, unless she got hurt.

When she was young, her older deskmate at school, Mirabel Cotton, frightened her by telling her about her buried uncle. Dora stated that she was only worried that she might see him in the dark.

Marilla said that she had more common sense than most mothers. She was considered perfect in looks and behavior: a complete contrast of her mischievous brother.

It is hinted that Dora married Ralph Andrews because she was worried that she would become an old maid.


Davy Keith

Davy was Dora's twin brother. She appeared to get along with him well, but did not like when he played pranks on her, an activity he did often, having few others to prank.

Anne Shirley

Little is said about the relationship between Anne and Dora, but it is most likely that like Davy, Dora eventually came to love Anne while at Green Gables. When it came time for Anne to leave for Redmond College, Dora kissed Anne primly and cried two delicate tears.

Ralph Andrews

Diana announced to Anne that Dora had her first beau and was courting him. It is implied that Dora later married Ralph because she was worried that she was going to become an old maid. She may have had several children with him also.

Minnie May Barry

Dora's best friend was Minnie May Barry and they shared secrets.

Paul Irving

When she was young, she liked Paul and wanted to marry him when he was older because he was kind to her. Paul did not return her feelings and became repulsed at the idea of young marriage.

Frank Bell

She was kissed by Frank Bell (most likely on the cheek), and didn't slap him or seem a bit cross though she claimed she didn't know he was going to. He was not her beau as she didn't announce it publicly.

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Annabelle Lanyon

Dora is a female given name of Greek origin and means gift.

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