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Esme Taylor
Biographical information
Born

1860s

Also known as

Esme

Physical information
Gender

Female

Hair colour

Blonde

Eye colour

Blue

Skin colour

Pale

Family information
Family members
Affiliation
Family
  • Taylor family
  • Carter family

Esme Carter (nee Taylor) was the daughter of Cyrus and Mrs. Taylor, the sister of Trix and Pringle and the wife of Lennox Carter.

Biography

Early life

Esme was born in Summerside sometimes during 1860s to Cyrus Taylor and his wife. She was raised there along with her sister Trix and younger brother Pringle.

Engagement

Esme met Dr. Lennox Carter and fell in love with him. In February 1888, Taylor family invited Lennox for a supper in their house. Esme's sister Trix visited Windy Poplars and told Anne Shirley about troubles with their father. She was afraid that her father had one of his spells on so she invited Anne for a supper and hoped for her help.

The next day, Anne came to Taylor house. Cyrus was in a dreadful humor, because Hugh Pringle beat him at a game of checkers that afternoon. Lennox came, but they all were silent. Then Anne got a great idea. She told Lennox that Cyrus Taylor went deaf very suddenly last week.

Then Trix and Pringle asked Lennox what he would think about man who refused to let his wife have a dog, gave his wife a pair of goloshes for a Christmas present or believed the earth was flat. He thought they were talking about their father. Only Esme stood up with her father.

"What would you think of a man who spent a whole day hunting for the kittens of a poor cat who had been shot, because he couldn't bear to think of them starving to death?"
—Esme to Lennox Carter.

When Mrs. Taylor accused him of chochet, Cyrus exploded and apologized. He let Esme marry Dr. Carter and they were engaged.

Marriage with Lennox Carter

Esme married Lennox Carter in April 1888. Wedding took place in Summerside church one Wednesday afternoon.

"Speaking of weddings, Esme Taylor was married to her Ph.D. last month. As it was on Wednesday afternoon I couldn't go to the church to see her, but every one says she looked very beautiful and happy and Lennox looked as if he knew he had done the right thing and had the approval of his conscience."
Anne Shirley in her letter to Gilbert Blythe.

Personality

Esme was described as being pretty, but not very smart. She was sweet, and stood up for her father when all else failed him.

Physical appearance

"Esme, the beauty of the family... a very pale beauty, pale gold hair, pale pink lips, pale forget-me-not eyes... was so much paler than usual that she looked as if she were going to faint."
Anne of Windy Poplars, Chapter 11, The First Year[src]

Etymology

Esme is a female given name of Old French origin and means to love.

Appearances

Book appearances

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