Anne Visits a City Mansion
Anne Shirley and Diana Barry visit Diana's rich aunt, Miss Josephine Barry, in Charlottetown. Neither has ever seen such a richly furnished house.
It was almost noon when they reached town and found their way to “Beechwood.” It was quite a fine old mansion, set back from the street in a seclusion of green elms and branching beeches.
Miss Barry’s house was furnished with “great magnificence,” as Anne told Marilla afterwards. The two little country girls were rather abashed by the splendour of the parlour where Miss Barry left them while she went to see about dinner.
“Isn’t it just like a palace?” whispered Diana. “I never was in Aunt Josephine’s house before, and I’d no idea it was so grand. I just wish Julia Bell could see this—she puts on such airs about her mother’s parlour.”
“Velvet carpet,” sighed Anne luxuriously, “and silk curtains! I’ve dreamed of such things, Diana. (247)
From L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables, L. C. Page, 1908
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