A bug in the program made it possible to follow a certain set of instructions that resulted in Ms. Dunbar dying while another Ms. Dunbar continued to walk around the house. Upon hearing the gunshot that killed Ms. Dunbar, the alive version of Ms. Dunbar executed her AI script faithfully and ran into the room to see what had happened. This led to an amusing exchange with the game parser:
Which Ms. Dunbar do you mean: Ms. Dunbar, or the body of Ms. Dunbar?
I actually think I remember that happening, but it was so long ago. The game was released in 1982, and it was probably not long after that we were playing it. Even now it would be a quite difficult game, but we were ten year old kids, and this was long before the internet and the age of walkthroughs, youtube playthroughs, etc, so there was no consolation when you were stuck.
I also recall from that era being a bit jealous of my friend. We mostly played Infocom games at his house, because he had a Commodore 64 and most of the games were available for that platform. I on the other hand had a TI 99/4A, and the only title Infocom ever released for that machine was Suspended.
You’re right about the tone, which was well written. The game also had first-rate supplementary materials.