With the question of the funeral settled, Ellen gave her full attention to her Thursday Tea. On Wednesday, Rosalee came by to tint her hair red. It looked far too pale to Ellen, so she made Rosalee redo it a deep auburn shade, quite a starling change. Naturally, her lipstick and eyebrow pencil no longer matched, so Ellen sent her out for new shades. Rosalee was worried about the vibrantly colored hair, lips, and brows, but Ellen was thrilled at the change. “I hope Dr. Evans is ready for a big surprise!”
” I want to really dazzle my friends at my tea, tomorrow. This is my first time to see them since I was sick and I want to look young and full of life.” Ellen stated.
“That new color looks mighty lively! Are you sure you don’t want me to tone it down? I don’t want to put Dr. Evans’s nose out of joint.” Rosalee was worried.
“It’s perfect. Don’t you worry about the doctor. He’ll be charmed!” Ellen was delighted with her new look. She already planned to claim a headache and avoid him that evening. It would be after eight before he got home since he would be going by Geneva’s to have dinner with the girls on the way home
Ellen strolled into the kitchen the next morning, startling Cora with her brilliant hair and brows. “Sweet Jesus! I thought somebody done broke in!” Cora exclaimed, fanning herself.
Ellen took her shocked reaction as a compliment. “Yes, I am a new woman. I wanted a new look for my tea. What do you think?” She asked.
“I sho think you got you a new look! Yes ma’am! It ’bout took my breath.” Cora replied, truthfully.
Ellen was delighted. ” Now here’s what I want you to do. When my friends get here, I’m going to make a late entry. Wait at the bottom of the stairs. When I am on the top step ready to come down, announce, ‘the new Mrs. Charles Evans.” Then I’ll make my entry. They will be stunned!” Ellen giggled like a girl.
“They sho will.” Cora concurred glumly.