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Chapter 16

268 minutes in the sitting room, toes in position.

“How is your mother?” inquired Anne politely, just as if she had not seen Mrs. Barry picking apples that morning in excellent health and spirits.

“She is very well, thank you.(begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)V8(end superscript) Have you picked many of your apples yet”?

“Oh, ever so many,” said Anne, forgetting to be dignified and jumping up quickly. “Let’s go out to the orchard and get some of the Red Sweetings, Diana. Marilla says we can have all that is left on the tree. Marilla is a very generous woman. She said we could have fruit cake and cherry preserve for tea. But it isn’t good manners to tell your company what you are


LMM Notes

LMM Note V8
I suppose Mr. Cuthbert is hauling potatoes to the Lily Sands this afternoon, is he?" said Diana, who had ridden down to Mr. Harmon Andrews that morning in Matthew's cart.

"Yes, our potato crop is very good this year. I hope your father's potato crop is good, too." .

"It is fairly good thank you.


"toes in position": Polite girls and women were trained to put their ankles together, or lightly crossed, and then point their feet, together, to one side.


"Red Sweetings": This name could refer to any number of varieties of heirloom apples grown on the Island, which, by the late 19(begin superscript)th(end superscript) century, was booming with orchards. A "Ramsdell's Red Sweeting" was a popular variety in the American northeast at the time (and is now known only as the "Ramsdell Sweet"), but "red sweeting" was sometimes used to label a whole category of round, red apples.