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I've forgotten. It was at the Western College for Women, that was the name of the school. It's now part of Miami. But I've forgotten what her subject area was. She did a lot of writing, did a lot of acting, and she was an average, I would say, piano player, or pianist. I know when we were married I got a piano because I thought she shouldn't be denied that instrument, although I don't recall that she played a lot when we were first married. The dog we had at the time couldn't tolerate the music. He would sit under the piano and crow.


So you always had a dog, really. Even in the very beginning?


I got her a puppy, I guess the first spring we were married. That dog developed distemper and we had to put him down. Then I got a wirehaired fox terrier puppy, a little male, and he was with us until we moved to New York and were living in Jackson Heights. So he was with us quite some time. After that, when we moved into Manhattan--and I'm jumping ahead, but when we moved into Manhattan--there was no dog. When we bought this house we almost always went to the dog show at Madison Square Garden, not for the show part but in the basement where they benched the dogs you could get close to them and see them. There was a woman who had three or four Lakeland terrier puppies and I fell in love with one of them. I told Ruth I'd seen it and she said, “But I don't like--getting shut up in the house and take care of a little puppy.” I didn't do this by design, but the woman who had the dog obviously was interested in selling the dog. So she sought me out here at the house in the middle of the day. Why she thought I was here I don't know, but she appeared at the front door her with this little puppy. Ruth was interested in the dog. Naturally, a puppy would get your attention. So while she was talking with the lady she put the puppy in the garden, for obvious reasons, and the puppy got down on the lower part of the sunken area and captured her heart because he had so much trouble getting up the steps, he was so small,

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