DIANA IS INVITED TO TEA 157
times she was wont to run into the kitchen without knocking; but now she knocked primly at the front door. And when Anne, dressed in her second best, as primly opened it, both little girls shook hands as gravely as if they had never met before. This unnatural solemnity lasted until after Diana had been taken to the east gable to lay off her hat and then had sat for ten 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. I suppose Mr. Cuth-bert 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. 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 are left on the tree. Marilla is a very generous woman. She said we could have fruit-cake and cherry preserves for tea. But it isn't good manners to tell your company what you are going to give them to eat, so I won't tell you what she said we could have to drink. Only it begins with an r and a c and it's a bright red colour. I love bright red drinks, don't you? They taste twice as good as any other colour."