(Strip Number 4402, Original Publication Date, 16 January 1984)
Panel 1: As our story continues, we find that Annie has brought the kids over to the Pattermanse so she can have a cuppa with Elly; she leads off by asking Elly for the latest news on Connie and Ted.
Panel 2: As she gets the cups down, Elly expresses discomfort about once again gossiping about poor Connie.
Panel 3: Anne tells her that it isn't gossip. After all, they care about her, understand her and are her best friends.
Panel 4: She then says "Now, give me the dirt."
Summary: Well, it's clear that Anne has her own defense mechanism that protects her from seeing that she's a chatterbox; just as Elly consoles herself with the fact that she wasn't directly told to keep quiet, Anne sees herself as sympathizing with the person whose misfortune she laughs at.