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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
- "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.
Esme was described as being pretty, but not very smart. She was sweet, and stood up for her father when all else failed him.
Esme is a female given name of Old French origin and means to love.