Chapter 5 Summary

As they ride to Mrs. Spencer’s house, Marilla asks Anne about her family and her past. Anne does not remember her parents, but she knows her parents’ names were Bertha and Walter Shirley, and they were both teachers. Anne was a very young baby when her parents died from a fever. Upon their deaths, Anne was taken in by Mrs. Thomas, who had several children of her own. Anne stayed at the Thomas’s home until Mr. Thomas died. Mrs. Thomas had too many children to take care of, so she gave Anne, who was then eight, to another woman who needed help in raising her own children. What impressed Anne the most about this next household was that the woman had three sets of twins. Anne insists that after those two years she spent at the...

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