From Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? / Blade Runner. The protagonist finds a toad, an animal believed to be extinct in the world of the novel. He puts the toad in a cardboard box and brings it home.
Why does the author use "had put" rather than just "put" here? "Had + verb" is used to refer to a past event from the perspective of a later time. What is the later time here?She [his wife] said, “I’ll fix you a cup of coffee.” At the stove she pressed the coffee button and in a moment had put the imposing mug by his place at the kitchen table. Still holding the box he seated himself, and on his face the round-eyed wonder remained.