She had come to introduce the new element in her life, a puppy of indeterminate breed. Even the children, who loved animals, were puzzled by it. It seemed to have too many legs, yet there were only four; its head looked as if it were bigger than its body, but that could not possibly be so. It flopped unsteadily around in the kitchen and then ran upstairs to relieve itself against the legs of the chairs in the front room. Annie reported this gleefully and Brian thought it was the funniest thing he had ever known.
This bit about Nora’s puppy just tickles me. I love her style and look forward to reading more of her books! This is the first one of hers I’ve read. We did see the movie Circle of Friends several years back, based on her novel of the same name. I especially want to read that one.