- "He was clever and shiftless - just like a man. Oh, he had heaps of brains - and much good they did him!"
- —Cornelia Bryant about Frank.
Marriage with Rose
- "Frank was no hand to work, so they were poor as Job's turkey. Poor! They lived on potatoes and point, believe me."
- —Miss Cornelia about Frank and Rose's marriage.
Kenneth, his only son, was born in 1866, four years after Leslie. In 1874 he died. He fell off a big load of hay just as it was going into the barn, and the wheel went right over his little body and crushed the life out of it.
Life after Kenneth's death
- "Frank West began to go down after Kenneth's death. He wasn't strong and it was a shock to him, because he was real fond of the child, though, as I've said, Leslie was his favourite. He got mopy and melancholy, and couldn't or wouldn't work."
- —Miss Cornelia about Frank's life after Kenneth's death.
In 1876, two years after Kenneth's death, Frank hung himself in the middle of the parlour from the lamp hook in the ceiling. It was the anniversary of his wedding day. Poor Leslie had to be the one to find him. She went into the parlour that morning, singing, with some fresh flowers for the vases, and there she saw her father hanging from the ceiling, his face as black as a coal.
- "It was bigger than his character, believe me! Anyhow, it was bigger than Rose could afford, for the farm was mortgaged for more than its value."
- —Miss Cornelia about Frank's monument.
Frank is a male given name and means free Man in Latin. In English, frank also has the meaning of sincere or truthful. Variant of Franklin or Francis.
- Anne's House of Dreams (mentioned only)