Julie asked Madge if she ever cried over a book and Madge said No, she didn't, but she almost did over this one story.
And then she started telling about (the classic really, the kind that made me weep as a kid) about an animal sacrificing its life to save the child friend/owner. And while she told about this book that didn't make her cry while she read it, she ended up crying while speaking. Aww.
But this, in turn, made her and her friend and Julie laugh, so poor Madge was a wreck: red-faced, laughing and crying at the same time.
And this was when I very confusedly entered the conversation.