Anne Invites Diana to Tea at Green Gables
Marilla gives Anne permission to invite Diana to tea. Anne, excited, wants only the best of everything for her friend.
Anne to Marilla: “Oh, Marilla, can I use the rosebud spray 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 work. And you can cut some fruit-cake and have some of the cookies and snaps.”
“I can just imagine myself 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 doesn't but of course I'll ask her just as if I didn't know. And then pressing her to take another piece of fruit-cake and another helping of preserves. Oh, Marilla, it's a wonderful sensation just to think of it. Can I take her into the spare room to lay off her hat when she comes? And then into the parlour to sit?”
“No. The sitting-room will do for you and your company. But there's a bottle half full of raspberry cordial that was left over from the church social the other night. It's on the second shelf of the sitting-room closet and you and Diana can have it if you like, and a cooky to eat with it along in the afternoon, for I daresay Matthew'll be late coming in to tea since he's hauling potatoes to the vessel.” (170)
From Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery, L. C. Page, 1908.
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