Rachel is at the forefront of every society in Avonlea. She heads up the Temperance Society and organizes all the benefits. She believes women should be involved in politics. She enjoys taking charge, making decisions, and getting things moving. She is also a woman who “speaks her mind.” Her blunt attitude causes friction at times; it insults Anne Shirley right off the bat, often gets on Hetty King’s bad side, is rude whenever she is making remarks in the general store, and is not all that warm and fuzzy to Daisy and Dora. Rachel is no-nonsense and thinks anyone can overcome anything with enough determination. The past never dies with Rachel. Everything she says harkens back to a previous experience, either her own or one she has read about in the lives of someone else. She and Hetty maintain a thirty-five-year-old feud, after an incident that happened between them in high school (Rachel stole away Hetty’s “beau” – and she insists it was the beau’s fault for being easily led!). She is orderly, fastidious, and a detailed woman who cleans house, bakes, and knows just how to do everything. Stuck in quarantine in a mess with a grouchy old man for two months, Rachel cleans his entire house, scrubs all the floors, throws out his junk, and starts fixing him home-cooked meals three times a day. She says that is what she did for her dead husband, and that is what she is used to, and that’s what she intends to do now. Rachel is happy to participate in local events and to bring her fountain of wisdom through experience to any situation. She is somewhat traditional in her thinking and practical in her daily needs. She sees any imaginativeness in higher Ne users as “frivolous, absurd, and walking around with your head in the clouds.” Her ability to read other people’s emotional attachments comes in handy, but also causes her to leap to conclusions about Anne’s romantic life, as well as “stick her oar in” when dealing with other people’s romantic entanglements. Rachel enjoys learning about new things and has a slightly progressive worldview that engages her in politics. It also allows her to be a little more flexible in adopting new things than some of the other ladies in town. Because her own opinion matters a great deal to her, Rachel tends to always see herself as right. She does not get along well with others who disagree with her. When she is in a heightened emotional state, she becomes irrational and temperamental, flouncing about and engaging in “silent treatment” with people. But once she opens up her heart, though she isn’t comfortable talking about how much friendships and family mean to her, Rachel can be very loving.

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Rachel “knows how to do things” right and insists on high standards in everything. This often causes her to criticize and offend Janet (she points out how “fat” Felix is and blames Janet for not teaching him more self control), causes a local man to hate her (after she offends him by talking about the pigsty he lives in), and gets her on the wrong side of Anne Shirley immediately for bluntly stating the facts and then insisting that Anne needs to learn to curb her temper. The series often plays her up to provide humor, as she finds fault with everyone and everything, constantly criticizing them and then rolling her eyes when they become offended. She tells Janet that Felix “does not need your hysterics, he needs a diet and to do some hard work for a change.” Throughout, she invades people’s spaces and corrects them out of a “desire to help.” But Rachel also softens as the episodes unfold and shows more tender, forgiving traits.