Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quote #10

"Who thought of the name "The Lady in Red'?" I asked the old teacher—in an effort to steer him back to what interested us.

"She found a dress in a store," Mr. McSwiney said. "She told me she wanted to be 'wholly out of character—but only once a week'!" He laughed. (7.164-165)

For Tabby, being "The Lady in Red" gave her the opportunity once a week to shed her wholesome Gravesend image and lifestyle and become someone completely different.

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