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Chapter 33 - (VERSO)

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“But it suits you ever so much better,” said Diana. “It’s so soft and frilly and clinging. The muslin is stiff and makes you look too dressed up.(begin strikethrough)”(end strikethrough) But the organdy seems as if it grew on you.”

Anne sighed and yielded. Diana was beginning to have a reputation for notable taste in dressing and her advice on such subjects was much sought after. She was looking very pretty herself on this particular night in a dress of the lovely wild-rose pink, from which Anne was forever debarred; but she was not to take any part in the concert, so her appearance was of minor importance. All her pains were bestowed upon Anne, who, she vowed, must, for the credit


"pink, from which Anne was forever debarred": It was thought, at one time, that red-haired people should not wear the colour pink since the two colours were thought to clash. Readers of the Little House books will note that similar restrictions are placed on a young, brown-haired Laura Ingalls Wilder, who must forever wear pink or red, while fair-haired sister Mary gets to wear blue.


two black and white sketches of the girls dressing in Anne's room, showing marked differences in age and style

"All her pains were bestowed upon Anne": The Claus illustration from the 1908 first edition (left) shows Anne in a white dress of the 1890s. Withington's illustration of the same scene, from 1925, shows the girls in the dropped waists, long necklaces, and mid-length skirts of the 1920s.