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Ruby Gillis
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Biographical information
Born 1865
Died August 1884
Also known as Ruby
Physical information
Gender Female
Hair colour Blonde
Eye colour Blue
Skin colour Fair
Family information
Family members
Parents
  • Mr. Gillis (father)
  • Mrs. Gillis (mother)

Siblings

In-law family

  • Malcolm Andrews (brother-in-law)
Affiliation
Affiliation Story Club
A.V.I.S.

Ruby Gillis was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gillis, sister of Susan and several Gillis girls and the friend of Anne Shirley.

Biography

Early life

Ruby was born in 1865 in Avonlea, Prince Edward Island, to Mr. and Mrs. Gillis. She was raised there along with her sister Susan and several older sisters. Jane Andrews became Ruby's best friend.

School life

Ruby attended Avonlea school in September 1871 along with her best friend Jane, Diana Barry and Josie Pye. Her writing apparently had too much love-making in them, according to Anne.

Studies at Queen's Academy

Ruby joined a special class for students who wanted to become a teacher. She succesfully passed the test and in September 1880 she attended Queen's Academy. Ruby studied there for two years and graduated in June 1882. Her best friend Jane took two years' work in one year.

In September 1882 she got Carmody school and replaced Priscilla Grant in this position.

Death

"Ruby Gillis is dying of galloping consumption."
Rachel Lynde about Ruby's illness[src]

Ruby wasn't able to teach since she had that attack of congestion in the winter 1883. She said that she wanted to teach in White Sands in the fall and marry with Herb Spencer. Ruby and her family didn't give in that she was dying of galloping consumption. She died in August 1884.

Personality

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Etymology

Ruby is a female given name of English origin and means red gemstone. It was very popular name in late 19th century.

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Portrayal

Trivia

  • Ruby's death is thematically significant in that she has not lived well in Anne's estimation but she dies well, reaching out to her estranged friends and repairing her damaged relationships. In the end, Ruby's death is pitiable but also brave and honest. One of the core themes of Anne of the Island is Anne's philosophical journey and Ruby's death is important in this context.

Gallery

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Appearances

Main article: Ruby Gillis/Appearances

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