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Life at Patty's Place
- "Her only daughter has recently married and gone to the foreign mission field. Aunt Jamesina is left alone in a great big house, and she is horribly lonesome. She will come to Kingsport and keep house for us if we want her, and I know you'll both love her. The more I think of the plan the more I like it. We could have such good, independent times."
- —Stella Maynard, in a letter to Anne Shirley[src]
In about early 1884, Jamesina's only daughter married and left Jamesina alone. Then Stella Maynard, her niece, wrote to Jamesina and asked her to come to Kingsport and keep house for a small group of young women (Stella and her friends) while they attended Redmond College. Jamesina was happy to oblige, and she brought two cats with her to Patty's Place: Joseph and the Sarah-cat. Although Anne, Pris and Phil, Stella's friends, 'awaited her advent rather dubiously', they quickly grew as fond of Jamesina – or 'Aunt Jimsie', as she was called – as Stella was. While Jamesina was at Patty's Place, she slept in the downstairs room off the living-room.
When the 1884 Christmas holidays arrived, the four girls returned to their homes, but Jamesina elected to stay with the three cats (the Sarah-cat, Joseph and Rusty) at Patty's Place. The weather was cold, so she let the cats sleep indoors at night. She was a merry soul, young at heart, and amiably got along with all the inhabitants of Patty's Place for the three years they stayed there.
- "But I am old-fashioned. My clothes are, and it stands to reason my opinions are, too. I don't say they're any the better of that, mind you. In fact, I daresay they're a good deal the worse. But they've worn nice and easy. New shoes are smarter than old ones, but the old ones are more comfortable. I'm old enough to indulge myself in the matter of shoes and opinions."
- —Jamesina to the girls of Patty's Place[src]
Jamesina was sweet, amiable and had a good sense of humour. She considered herself young (if not in body, then at heart) and was very kind and appreciative of all the girls at Patty's Place, though she despaired of Phil ever learning any sense.
Jamesina is a female name of Hebrew origin and means he who supplants.
- Jamesina was named after her father James who had died a month before she was born.
Behind the scenes
- In the 1975 TV series Anne of Avonlea, Jamesina was the aunt of Jane Andrews, not Stella Maynard.
- In Green Gables Fables (2014–2016), Jamesina's last name was revealed to be Erskine which is a clear reference to Eileen Erskine, the first actress who played the part.
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