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Gilbert Blythe came from a big family, but his mother passed away soon after he was born and eventually he ended up with just his father in Avonlea. He works on the farm of his ill father, although he deeply wishes to become a doctor.
Gilbert Blythe has short curly dark brown hair, hazel eyes and a mischievous smile. He is lean and of average height. Gilbert is consistently described as handsome.
Gilbert Blythe's good natured attitude, charm and looks easily make him the most popular boy in school and the object of fancy for the majority of his female classmates. He's ambitious, as shown by his academic prowess, and caring. Before Anne Shirley's arrival, his position of 'best in class' was unchallenged. As a child, Gilbert possessed a certain maturity his peers lacked, most likely a result of his responsibilities at home, mainly taking care of his ill father.
Gilbert's deceased father. It's understood that the two were very close and that Gilbert cared deeply about his father. John, would tease Gilbert for worrying too much about him. After his father died, Gilbert couldn't stand staying "trapped" in Avonlea and went out to fulfill his father's wish - to see the world at the end of season one.
Throughout the series, Gilbert is shown to care for Anne. He and Diana Barry are the only people at the Avonlea schoolhouse who are untroubled by Anne's orphan status. Gilbert first encounters Anne in the woods by the school where she is being bullied by Billy Andrews. Despite not knowing who she is, Gilbert sticks up for Anne. That same day, he tells his classmates that 'a cute girl is a cute girl'; further proving he is untroubled by Anne's past. Gilbert and Anne's relationship sours when Gilbert calls Anne carrots to get her attention. Anne stubbornly refuses to accept Gilbert's many attempts to apologize and the two go on to have an academic rivalry. By the end of season two, Gilbert and Anne are still fighting to be the top student in class but have a much friendlier relationship.
Ruby idolizes Gilbert for his handsome features. Gilbert acknowledges Ruby out of politeness but does not return her feelings.
Gilbert meets Sebastian during his travels working on a ship. They bond quickly after Gilbert promises to stop constantly singing so that Sebastian won't lose his job. Sebastian shows him the way around Trinidad (Sebastian's home), even allowing Gilbert to meet his mother (who is held in slavery). Upon returning to Avonlea during the winter, Sebastian stays in Gilbert's house.
Means "bright pledge", derived from the Germanic words, gisil which means "pledge, hostage", and beraht which means "bright". The Normans introduced this name to England, where it was common during the Middle Ages. It was borne by a 12th-century British saint, the founder of the religious order known as the Gilbertines.
The surname Blythe comes from the Old English meaning of "happy, joyous, blithe".
Behind the scenesEdit
- The CBC website describes him as, Easy-going and confident, Gilbert Blythe is Anne's academic rival and popular leader in school. He appreciates and admires Anne because of all the ways she's different from everyone else.
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Season 1 (Anne with an E)
- "But What Is So Headstrong as Youth?"
- "An Inward Treasure Born"
- "Tightly Knotted to a Similar String"
- "Remorse Is the Poison of Life"
- "Wherever You Are Is My Home"
Season 2 (Anne with an E)
- "Youth Is the Season of Hope"
- "Signs Are Small Measurable Things, But Interpretations Are Illimitable"
- "The True Seeing Is Within"
- "The Painful Eagerness of Unfed Hope"
- "The Determining Acts of Her Life"
- "I Protest Against Any Absolute Conclusion"
- "Memory Has as Many Moods as the Temper"
- "Struggling Against the Perception of Facts"
- "What We Have Been Makes Us What We Are"
- "The Growing Good of the World"
Season 3 (Anne with an E)
- "A Secret Which I Desired to Divine"
- "There Is Something at Work in My Soul Which I Do Not Understand"
- "What Can Stop the Determined Heart"
- "A Hope of Meeting You in Another World"
- "I Am Fearless and Therefore Powerful"
- "The Summit of My Desires"
- "A Strong Effort of the Spirit of Good"
- "Great and Sudden Change"