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In October 1881, when the twins were six years old, their mother was ill and died after some time. Marilla Cuthbert, the third cousin of their father, decided to took them 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 proper 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, but Dora did not want to waste food. She was sorry Anne was going away, of course, but was that any reason why she should fail to appreciate a poached egg on toast? Not at all. And, seeing that Davy could not eat his, Dora ate it for him.
It was mentioned in Anne of Windy Poplars, that Dora owned a kitten or kittens.
- "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 tellng 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. Dora married Ralph Andrews because she was worried that she would become an old maid.
Diana announced to Anne that Dora had her first beau. She eventully married him.
Minnie May Barry
Dora's best friend was Minnie May and they shared secrets.
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.
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.
EtymologyDora is a female given name of Greek origin and means gift.
Behind the scenes
- Annabelle Lanyon portrayed Dora in six episodes of 1975 TV series Anne of Avonlea.
- Lindsay Murrell portrayed her in TV series Road to Avonlea in season five through seven and replaced Ashley Muscroft in that role.
- Ashley Muscroft portrayed Dora in second and third season of Road to Avonlea.
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TV series appearances