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Explain how Almondine is forced to develop while Edgar is gone in David Wroblewski's novel The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.

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In David Wroblewski’s novel The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, the canine named Almondine is a constant presence in newly-born Edgar’s life. In Wroblewski’s narrative, Almondine is the product of generations of dog-breeding, dating to Edgar’s grandfather, John, who was fascinated by dogs to the point of obsession, breeding them, in the words of Wroblewski’s narrator, “dogs so unlike the shephards and hounds and retrievers and sled dogs he used as foundation stock they became known simply as Sawtelle dogs.” From this lineage would come Almondine, and the birth of Edgar would give this particular canine a special role in the child’s development.

Almondine is an integral part of the Sawtelle family; as much a part of this small unit as John and Trudy and their new-born baby, Edgar. It was Almondine who served an almost mystical role in the Sawtelle home, her animal instincts presaging developments in Wroblewski’s narrative. In an early chapter titled, appropriately enough,...

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