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Royal Gardner
Biographical information
Born

1860s

Also known as

Roy

Physical information
Gender

Male

Hair colour

Black

Eye colour

Black

Skin colour

Fair

Family information
Family members
Affiliation
Family

Gardner family

Education

Redmond College

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"Tall and handsome and distinguished-looking – dark, melancholy, inscrutable eyes – melting, musical, sympathetic voice – yes, the very hero of her dreams stood before her in the flesh. He could not have more closely resembled her ideal if he had been made to order."
—Anne's first sight of Roy[src]

Royal "Roy" Gardner was the son of Mrs. Gardner, the brother of Aline and Dorothy Gardner and also Anne Shirley's beau.

Biography

Early life

Roy was born in early 1860s in Kingsport, Nova Scotia, to Mr. and Mrs. Gardner. He was raised there along with his sisters, Aline and Dorothy. Roy attended school at the age of six and he was a very smart student. He decided to continue with studies.

Redmond College

Though Roy was accepted into Redmond College, he had to defer his enrollment because his mother was ill.

Courtship with Anne

Anne and Roy during the last two Redmond years of college, were most definitely courting. Anne, who met him under a pavilion during a rainstorm, felt an "instinctive thrill" that he was the one. Dark, melancholy and inscrutable, Roy fit her ideal perfectly. When he offered her his umbrella, she readily accepted.

Their courtship continued to the end of their Redmond years, where it appeared that they were well-matched and happy. Though his mother and Aline did not take to Anne easily, Dorothy was more accepting and liked Anne right away. However, when Roy proposed to Anne, she suddenly realized that she did not love him as she believed and abruptly refused his proposal. Roy was upset, questioning if Anne had been sincere with him during their relationship. Anne reluctantly acknowledges that she truly believed she loved him during their courtship, but his proposal caused her to realize that she loved her idea of him more than who Roy actually was. Their relationship ends soon afterward.

Later life

He married after recovering from his disappointment from Anne's refusal and became happy.

Personality

Roy was intelligent and neat, and described by Anne to be like a diamond due to his perfection. However, though he possessed striking good looks as well as the ability to speak poetically, he had only seriousness on the inside. Hence, he was unable to truly relate to Anne like Gilbert could, and she eventually realised that she had been conning herself into loving him due to his perfection.

Physical appearance

Roy was described to be a tall, darkly handsome, and distinguished-looking young man. At their first meeting, Anne took particular notice of his dark eyes and his musical voice.

Etymology

Roy is a male given name of Irish and Gaelic origin and means red. It is also form of Old French term roi which means king. This name was very popular in the late 19th century.

Behind the scenes

Trivia

Gallery

Anne of Green Gables Wiki has 3 images of Roy Gardner (view category).

Appearances

Book appearances

Short story appearances

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