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A thought worthy of meditation vis-a-vis Eliot and his poetry:

“'The cat sat on the mat' is not the beginning of a story, but 'the cat sat
on the dog's mat' is.”

 —John le Carré

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CR

On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, P <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> "Of all the creatures God allows...
>   The one I most distrust is cows"
> P.
> On 7 Oct 2015 12:53 pm, Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]
> <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml',[log in to unmask]);>> wrote:
>
> Another affinity with Eliot :)
>
> CR
>
> On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]
> <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml',[log in to unmask]);>> wrote:
>
> Of all the silly disagreements on this list, this has to be the top. (But
> loving cats was one of the most charming things about Eliot--at least one
> that produced warmth and humor--so) "Familiarity" does not mean lack of
> affection or loyalty or companionability: it means the cat resents
> disrespect or rudeness, as in "b. an unduly informal act or expression:
> IMPROPRIETY." (*Webster's*)
> That whole poem is about respecting the cat's sense of itself:
>
> I bow, and taking off my hat,
> Ad-dress him in this form: o CAT!
> But if he is the Cat next door,
> Whom I have often met before
> (He comes to see me in my flat)
> I greet him with an OOPSA CAT!
> ...
> A Cat's entitled to expect
> These evidences of respect.
>
> As for Eliot and dogs: "So first, your memory I'll jog. And say: A CAT IS
> NOT A DOG."
>
> Read the whole poem; it's not enthusiastic on a dog, who is "'What you
> would call a simple soul" and "an easy-going lout."
>
>
> Cats do prefer some propriety; it's not a lack of affection.
> N
>
>
>
> >>> Chanan Mittal 10/07/15 1:54 PM >>>
> "I say, you should ad-dress a Cat.
> But always keep in mind that he
> Resents familiarity."
>
> -- TS Eliot on 'The Ad-dressing of Cats'
>
> On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, P <[log in to unmask]
> <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml',[log in to unmask]);>> wrote:
>
> Since when we're cats loyal?
> P.
> On 7 Oct 2015 6:08 am, Ken Armstrong <[log in to unmask]
> <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml',[log in to unmask]);>> wrote:
>
> So much for loyal companions. ;->
>
> On October 7, 2015 6:58:49 AM EDT, "Rickard A. Parker" <
> [log in to unmask]
> <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml',[log in to unmask]);>> wrote:
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> On Tue, 6 Oct 2015 23:50:18 -0400, Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask] <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml',[log in to unmask]);>> wrote:
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> T.S. Eliot really liked cats according to his wife - NY Daily News
>
> http://m.nydailynews.com/entertainment/cats-premieres-broadway-1982-article-1.2383482
>
>
> "Cats are fine," says Valerie Eliot. "But actually, I think I prefer dogs."
>
>