The Cold Song by Linn Ullmann:
“Well, I think it’s time I took matters in hand,” she said with a smile to old Mrs. Julia Herman, who was swanning around, talking to everybody and dressed in a rather odd-looking green caftan that emphasized her old, skinny, blue-tinged, varicose-veined legs. Had Julia Herman perhaps forgotten to put on her trousers?
“Right, now I’m going to take matter in hand,” Siri said. “I’ll go and get her. Mama has to come down now, of course she must. We can’t wait any longer.”