Chapter 25 - (VERSO)
on it; and then, a pair of the daintiest little kid slippers, with beaded toes and satin bows and glistening buckles.
“Oh!” said Anne, “Diana, this is too much. I must be dreaming.”
“I call it providential,” said Diana. “You won’t have to borrow Ruby’s slippers now and that’s a blessing, for they’re two sizes too big for you.” G15
All the Avonlea scholars were in a fever of excitement that day, for the hall had to be decorated and a last (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)grand(end superscript) rehearsal held.
The concert came off in the evening and was a pronounced success. The little hall was crowded; all the performers did excellently well, but Anne was the bright particular star of the occasion as even envy, in the shape of Josie Pye, dared not deny.
“Oh, hasn’t it been a
wonderful brilliant evening?”
LMM Note G15
and it would be awful to hear a fairy shuffling. Josie Pye would be delighted. Mind you, Rob Wright went home with Gertie Pye from the practice night before last. Did you ever hear anything equal to that?"
"kid slippers": Dainty dress shoes made of "kid leather" (young goat, lamb, or sometimes calfskin) with various levels of embellishment, generally for indoor use only. Wealthy women in the earlier part of the century would often purchase a fine pair of kid slippers to wear for a single event. There were even "Limerick gloves"—favourites of Queen Victoria—made from the skin of unborn calves, that were sold in a walnut shell, to show off how small they were.
"The bright particular star": From Helena's speech in Shakespeare’s All’s Well that Ends Well, I.i.97: "If Bertram be away. 'Twere all one / That I should love a bright particular star / And think to wed it, he is so above me. / In his bright radiance and collateral light."