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Chapter 16 - (VERSO)


of my forgetting to put the tea to draw when I have company. Oh, Marilla, can I use the rosebud tea-set?”

“No, indeed! The rosebud tea-set! Well, what next? You know I never use that except for the minister or the Aids. You’ll put down the old brown tea-set. But you can open the little yellow crock of cherry preserves. It’s time it was being used anyhow—I believe it’s beginning to go. And you can cut some fruit cake and have some of the cookies and snaps.”

“I can just imagine sitting down at the head of the table and pouring out the tea,” said Anne, shutting her eyes ecstatically. “And asking Diana if she takes sugar.” I know she


"it's beginning to go": This refers to the fact that fruit preserves, once opened, can begin to ferment, and even go slightly alcoholic, at the end of their shelf life. Perhaps this comment is a bit of foreshadowing of events to come in this chapter?