Who is Sophie in The Chyrsalids?

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Sophie is a girl with six toes that David befriends.  He discovers she has an extra toe when her foot gets caught and he helps her free it.

Looking back, David comments on the changes Sophie brought when coming into his life.

I was a normal little boy, growing up in a normal way, taking the ways of the world about me for granted. And I kept on like that until the day I met Sophie. (ch 1)

David describes her as a little shorter and younger than himself.

She wore reddish-brown dungarees...

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