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Rachel Lynde is the wife of Thomas Lynde, a gossipy neighbour of the Cuthberts, and Marilla's only friend.


Early life Edit

Rachel was born in the 1820s, most likely in Avonlea. She attended school with Marilla and Matthew and knew them since childhood.

Marraige Edit

When she was eighteen Rachel married Thomas Lynde, a quiet and unassuming man. Eliza Barry notes that he never makes any decisions without consulting his wife. Together they had twelve children, two of whom died in infancy. She speaks of her oldest son, Thomas Jr. who had burned down their shed several times.

Life with Anne Edit

Physical appearanceEdit

Rachel is much shorter than Marilla with grey hair that she keeps in a bun, a round face and a warm smile.



Marilla CuthbertEdit

Marilla was Rachel's best friend since their school years. They are so close Rachel has a tendency to burst through the door of Green Gables without knocking. Like Diana and Anne, they are always there for each other and despite their sometimes differing ideas, they still remain close.

Anne ShirleyEdit

Thomas LyndeEdit

Rachel married Thomas Lynde when she was eighteen. Thomas is quiet and unassuming and relies on his wife for quite a bit. William Barry noted it was "rather undignified" how he never made a decision without her.

Etymology Edit

Rachel is a female given name of Hebrew origin and means ewe or female sheep.

Behind the scenesEdit



  • The CBC website describes her as, The Cuthberts' formidable neighbor and Marilla's only friend, Rachel's favorite hobby is gossip and she loves nothing more dearly than being asked for advice.[3]


Anne of Green Gables Wiki has 62 images of Rachel Lynde (view gallery).


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Season 3 (Anne with an E)


  1. Anne With An E: Season Three, Episode Eight: Great and Sudden Change
  2. "Remorse Is the Poison of Life"

See alsoEdit

Major characters
Billy Andrews · Jane Andrews · Diana Barry · Eliza Barry · William Barry · Jerry Baynard · Gilbert Blythe · Marilla Cuthbert
Matthew Cuthbert · Ruby Gillis · Ka’kwet · Sebastian Lacroix · Rachel Lynde · Cole Mackenzie · Mr. Phillips · Josie Pye
Anne Shirley · Miss Stacy
Minor characters
Aluk · Mr. Andrews · Mrs. Andrews · Prissy Andrews · Mr. Avery · Bank Manager · Minnie May Barry · Josephine Barry
Mr. Baynard · Mrs. Baynard · Father Beck · Mrs. Blewett · John Blythe · Tillie Boulter · Cecile Chaminade · Constance
Michael Cuthbert · Doctor · Mr. Dunlop · Malcolm Frost · Mr. Gillis · Mrs. Gillis · Mr. Hammond · Mrs. Hammond · Elijah Hanford
Jeannie · Mary Joe · Jocelyn · Kitpu · Delphine Lacroix · Hazel Lacroix · Mary Lacroix · Caleb Lynde · Thomas Lynde
Madam Lyudmila · Mrs. Mackenzie · Sister Maria · Matron · Mimikej · Minister · Mrs. Morrison · Nathaniel · Older Girl · Oqwatnuk
Paul #1 · Paul #2 · Pawnbroker · Mrs. Pye · Miss Rogerson · Rollings · Winifred Rose · Charlie Sloane · Mrs. Spencer
Moody Spurgeon · Mrs. Spurgeon · Stationmaster · Dr. Ward · Woman in Blue Top Hat
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