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Chapter 16 - (VERSO)

Diana to tea. As a result; [sic] Diana just after Marilla had driven off to Carmody, Diana came over, looking ex dressed in her second best dress, and looking exactly as it is proper to look when asked out to tea. At other times she was wont to run into the kitchen without knocking, but now she knocked at primly at the front door. And when Anne, dressed in her second best, as primly opened it, both little girls shook hands as gravely as if they had never met before. This unnatural solemnity lasted until after Diana had been taken to the east gable to lay off her hat and then had sat for ten


a detailed illustration of two, clearly wealthy and well-dressed, ladies about to take tea

"looking exactly as it is proper to look when asked out to tea.": Anne and Diana are clearly acting the part of the fancy grown-ups at tea. This illustration from Godey's Lady's Book (1852) captures what Anne is likely imagining about herself as the gracious hostess. The illustration is captioned "Taking Tea in the Arbor."
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library.