Moody was born in 1865 in Avonlea, Prince Edward Island, to Mr. and Mrs. MacPherson. He was raised there along with his sister Ella May and his friends Charlie, Fred and Gilbert. Moody attended Avonlea School in September 1871, at the age of six.
Moody once was beat up by Charlie Sloane because he said Anne had put on airs about her performance. It is assumed Moody was quite smart to some degree, as he, along with Anne Shirley, Gilbert Blythe, Ruby Gillis, Jane Andrews, Charlie Sloane and Josie Pye made it to Queen's Academy.
He taught school before attending college. Poor Moody Spurgeon fell on hard luck at the very beginning of his college career. Half a dozen ruthless Sophs, who were among his fellow-boarders, swooped down upon him one night and shaved half of his head. In this guise the luckless Moody Spurgeon had to go about until his hair grew again. He told Anne bitterly that there were times when he had his doubts as to whether he was really called to be a minister.
Moody was very critical of himself and others: he criticized Anne's composition recitation saying, she had put on airs about it. He was also very critical of himself and worried about his grades at Queens to the point of wandering around distractedly until his grades were shown.
Moody was apparently very unattractive being a funny-looking boy with that big fat face, and his little blue eyes, and his ears sticking out like flaps.
Moody is an unusual male given name derived from surname. Spurgeon is a male given name of Old French origin and means medical plant or it may come from Old French word espurgier, which means to purge.
- Moody's parents were evidently adherents of evangelical Protestantism, for they named their son after two famous evangelical preachers: Dwight L. Moody (1837–1899) and Charles Spurgeon (1834–1892).
Behind the scenesEdit
- In Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel, Moody courted with Josie Pye, in the next film, they were married. This relationship exists only in films; in the books Josie married an unknown man.
- In Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story, he enlisted to World War I. Moody, Charlie Sloane and other boys were killed after one battle. In books, Moody and Charlie didn't enlist to World War I, and they didn't die during the War.
- In the book, Moody Spurgeon MacPherson's surname is MacPherson. In the film, his middle name becomes his surname.
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