I'm curious about how you find this. __Eliot did not write "Memory": it is the one song in the musical that is not from Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats or any Eliot text. __"Memory" does take some images from "Preludes" and "Rhapsody on a Windy Night," both written long before the conversion and when Eliot was still influenced by Bergson. __It is, in any case, a well-known fact that cats have nine lives and so are frequently reborn. __But if this is to be another imposed idea, I do like that the resurrected cat is a woman. Nancy >>> Chanan Mittal 10/08/15 10:34 AM >>> Eliot's engagement with "cats" points towards another, higher end. "With the drawing of this Love and the voice of this Calling We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time." http://youtu.be/FWNWt3kiTWc CR On Thursday, October 8, 2015, Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]> wrote: 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 A list member shared it on the Facebook. 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]> wrote: Another affinity with Eliot :) CR On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, Nancy Gish <[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]> wrote: Since when we're cats loyal? P. On 7 Oct 2015 6:08 am, Ken Armstrong <[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]> wrote: On Tue, 6 Oct 2015 23:50:18 -0400, Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]> wrote: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."