Birth and deathEdit
Anne was extremely excited for the birth of her first child, Joyce. Marilla Cuthbert, Rachel Lynde, Captain Jim, Leslie West, and Gilbert Blythe were also excited and looked forward to the little one's arrival. Disappointment struck harshly, however, and the baby girl lived from "Dawn to Dusk." Her death was greatly mourned by the above mentioned friends of Anne. She was buried in a beautiful nightgown made by Leslie, in the little over-harbour graveyard, where Captain Jim was later buried. Anne, weighed down with grief, was unwell for a long time after Joyce's death, as she almost died with her. Anne was forced to rest often.
Anne, the mother of Joyce, anticipated her daughter's birth greatly. She was bitterly heartbroken when Joyce died, and was never the same again.
Gilbert was the father of Joyce, he was very happy when she was born. He was so very sad when Joyce died, and looked after Anne in her time of sadness.
Joyce was pale and sweet. She had her mother's big eyes. Joyce did not have hair at that time, so we will never know if it has like her mothers or fathers.
Joyce is a female given name of Latin origin and means lord.
- It also means to rejoice - Joyce's mother, Anne, named her thus because she was overjoyed to have a child.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Joyce was the only Blythe child not named after somebody else. Everone else was named after someone close to Anne and Gilbert. (Jem was named after Captain Jim and their mother's guardian, Matthew Cuthbert, Walter after their grandfather Walter Shirley and Matthew and Marilla's surname. Nan and Di were named after their mother and her best friend. Shirley was named after their mother's surname and Rilla after their grandmother and Marilla Cuthbert.)
Short story appearances
- The Blythes Are Quoted
- "Night" (mentioned only)
- "The Change" (mentioned only)