Engagement with Stephen Irving
Lavendar Lewis was a very pretty young woman in her day, with big brown eyes and a sweet, winsome smile. Tall Stephen Irving, a young man who lived in the same area as her, fell in love with her. Lavendar was engaged with Stephen, but the two quarrelled—leaving a mark on their lives forever.
Life at Echo Lodge
Lavendar Lewis could not be expected to remain young forever. Her mother died and she became lonely and she took in each of the Bowman girls, four in all, for help. Lavendar Lewis could not afford the wages of a grown up girl. When they reached sixteen, the girl would go to Boston, and Lavendar would take in the next daughter.
Charlotta was the first girl. Apparently, Mrs. Bowman had a weakness for fancy names. The other three girls had very fancy names, but Lavendar called them all "Charlotta", in numerical order. At the time of Anne of Avonlea, "Charlotta the Fourth" (Leonora Bowman) was living with Lavendar.
Anne Shirley and Diana Barry, sometime in 1883, happened upon Echo Lodge, when they took a wrong turning in an attempt to go to tea. Fortunately, Lavendar had a table all set for tea for three—the fact which revealed to a delighted Anne that Lavendar "imagined things too".
It was a friendship from the start. Though she had grown old outside, Lavendar was a girl at heart. Calling them "Anne" and "Diana" at once, the threesome had amazing amounts of fun together.
Anne Shirley, teacher at the time, asked Lavendar if she could bring a pupil of hers, ten-year-old Paul Irving, to see the lady. Anne was sure they would get on well together—and she was right. After his visit, Paul went home and wrote his father about "Miss Lavendar".
Marriage with Stephen Irving
Stephen Irving, upon recieving his beloved son's letter, decided straightaway to go to Avonlea, to visit his son, mother, and possibly Lavendar. He did—and Anne asked Lavendar if he could come visit—and Lavendar said yes—and Stephen visited—and asked Lavendar to marry him.
Yes was the answer Lavendar gave, and for a month there was a whirlwind of activity, in which Anne and Diana nearly lived at Echo Lodge. Charlotta the Fourth's large blue bows could be seen nearly everywhere at once, for the house must be cleaned and prepared, the bride's apparel to be reckoned with, and the pantry well stocked.
It was a happy wedding day in 1883, when Lavendar Lewis and Stephen Irving finally made up the quarrel of old.
- "I think her parents gave her the only right and fitting name that could possibly be given her. If they had been so blind as if to name her Elizabeth or Nellie or Muriel she must have been called Lavendar just the same, I think. It's so suggestive of sweetness and old-fashioned graces and 'silk attire'."
- —Anne Shirley to Diana Barry about Lavendar[src]
Lavendar is a female given name and also name of the flower and colour.
- Lavendar was named so by her father, for when he was courting her mother, he slept between sheets that were scented of lavendar, and could think of nothing but her mother all night long.
Behind the scenes
- Monica Bielenstein provided the voice of Lavendar in the German audio dramas Anne in Avonlea (2008) and Anne in Kingsport (2009).
- Kathleen Byron portrayed Lavendar in the 1975 TV series Anne of Avonlea. She was the first actress to play the part.
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Short story appearances
TV series appearances
Audio drama appearances