For one awful moment I thought that Madame was going to burst into tears. Her face sort of puckered up and her eyes went all dewy. Then she held the puppy up to her face. He put out a tongue and licked her, and she laughed rather shakily, and came out with a great long excited speech like a burst of machine-gun fire. There was a rather long pause, then Clarissa said, "Oui."
We then beat a hasty retreat.
"Cluck, did she like him?" Thomas said.
"Oui," said Clarissa.
From LOOKING AFTER THOMAS, Chapter 5, Thomas's Catch.