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Lennox Carter
Biographical information
Born

1860s

Also known as

Dr. Carter

Physical information
Gender

Male

Hair colour

Dark

Eye colour

Dark

Skin colour

Fair

Family information
Family members
Affiliation
Family

Carter family

Lennox Carter was a PhD at Redmond College and the husband of Esme Taylor.

Biography

Early life

Lennox was born sometimes in 1860s to Mr. and Mrs. Carter, probably in Nova Scotia. He was raised there and attended school at the age of six. Lennox decided to continue with studies.

Redmond College

In early 1880s, during Anne's studies at Redmond College, he held an Assistant Professorship. Lennox was boring and pompous. In 1888 he became new Head of the Modern Languages Department at Redmond and was dreadfully clever.

Engagement

Lennox fell in love with Esme Taylor and her family invited him for a supper to Taylor House because they thought that he would propose Esme.

"But, oh, Anne, she's hoping he means to ask her this time. Would he come over to the Island to visit his cousin right in the middle of the term if he didn't intend to?"
Trix Taylor about Lennox to Anne Shirley.

Trix, Esme's sister invited Anne Shirley, because they wanted somebody with brains to talk to him. Lennox was awfully fastidious, so Esme was desperately afraid he won't approve of her family - once he said to his cousin that a man couldn't be too careful about what kind of family he married into.

When he came to Taylor House, Esme's father Cyrus was in a dreadful humour, because Hugh Pringle beat him at a game of checkers that afternoon. All around the table were silent. Then Anne got a great idea: she told him that Cyrus Taylor went deaf very suddenly last week.

Trix and Pringle asked him what he thought 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 and was very surprised. Only Esme stood up with her father.

"Do you mean to say your father...?"
—Lennox Carter

When Mrs. Taylor accused him of crocheting, Cyrus exploded and then apologized to everyone. He let Esme marry Lennox and they were engaged.

Marriage with Esme Taylor

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

"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 about Lennox's wedding with Esme Taylor.

Personality

Lennox was dreadful clever and he liked blue colour. He was awfully fastidious but also young, shy and overly serious.

Physical appearance

"Dr. Carter, who was undeniably handsome and distinguished-looking, with crisp dark hair, brilliant dark eyes and silver-rimmed glasses."
Anne of Windy Poplars, Chapter 10

Etymology

Lennox is a male given name of Scottish and Gaelic origin and means with many elm trees.

Appearances

Book appearances

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