"As if the winds had barged in through the windows from
east and south, entering to mourn his brother's loss, staying
on to gambol and have fun.
As if they'd played tag with each other, tackling and
grabbing, gushing in and out of rooms, upsetting curios and
throwing down books and shifting furniture, spraying dust
like those North Indian fellows sprayed Holi, coating
everything in their path, leaving behind a still and desolate
house. Like a riotous festival after everyone has left. What
remained were visiting birds, squeaking squirrels and
unseen rats, their musty-stinking leavings everywhere.
Travelling ants, and probably small snakes. So many leaves!
A variety of bad smells. Echoes of grunting wood."
Apparently, somethings came with the cottage: a legacy left
behind by a gentle and rather intellectual, nerdish
professor brother who had rattled away on the rickety old
typewriter. It wasn't just things that came with it. Molly,
the Girl, who helped clean up, whose sudden, silent
appearance leads to a mishap, with Reuben attacking her
with the broom. However, despite this rather
unconventional first meeting, things work out and they find
common ground. It helps that both of them have a rather
childlike disposition and the "let's do it" enthusiasm, so
necessary for adventure. In fact, that's what takes this
Perry and Della pair all the way up to Mumbai just because