When precocious Anne moves to the out-of-the-way village of Avonlea, her active nature, quick temper, and intellect often cause the people who live there to misunderstand and misjudge her.
Mrs. Rachel Lynde is one of the biggest critics little Anne has. She is the nosy neighbor who is looking constantly out of her window so she can remain up to date on all the latest news in the neighborhood. Mrs. Lynde is the neighbor whose home is located closest to the Cuthberts' residence. Mrs. Lynde never truly understands Anne, nor does she ever truly recognize Anne's non-traditional beauty, but she comes to love Anne as if the girl were one of her own children.
A neighbour of Matthew and Marilla, and the nosiest person in town but generally understood to be unmalicious and well-intentioned. Although she did not take a liking to Anne in the beginning, she soon warms to the freckle-faced orphan. She is incredibly industrious and helpful, and loves doing work for the church. She is married and has raised ten children, but her husband, Thomas Lynde, is only mentioned on a few brief occasions, and never speaks. Mrs Lynde gave Anne her first brown gloria pretty dress via Matthew.