Perhaps it’s her tone?

She was mostly troubled by the fact that it would not be her birthday for another six and a half months.

enunciation

All of her efforts were, however, in vain; the following year she received a pet log. “And look how well they get along!” her father exclaimed, gesturing at the log and the cog lying motionlessly on the ground next to each other.
He was, after all, completely insane.