For learning. For inspiration. Or just for fun.
1
The Friendship of Cats (1) : A cat’s affection is not easy to win, but the rewards make the effort worthwhile.
The Friendship of Cats
Part one

Translated from the French of ‘Ménagerie intime’ by Théophile Gautier (1811-1872). See ‘Concerning Cats’ by Helen M. Winslow for another English translation.

Théophile Gautier was a French artist, critic and writer whose friends included Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas, and whose many admirers have included TS Eliot and Oscar Wilde. His ‘Ménagerie intime’ (1869) includes fond recollections of the many cats in his life.

WINNING the friendship of a cat is a difficult business. The cat is a philosophical creature, methodical, quiet, tenacious of his habits, fond of order and cleanliness, who does not scatter his affections about indiscriminately.

He is quite ready to be your friend, should you prove worthy, but not your slave. In the midst of his tenderness he maintains free-will, and he will not do for you anything that he deems unreasonable.

But once he has given himself to you, what absolute confidence! what felicity of affection! He makes himself the companion of the hours of your solitude, melancholy, and toil.

Translated from the French of ‘Ménagerie intime’ by Théophile Gautier (1811-1872). See ‘Concerning Cats’ by Helen M. Winslow for another English translation.

More like this

Extracts from Literature (93) Cat Stories (17) Cats, Dogs and Other Animals (19)

Picture: © Von grzanka, Wikimedia Commons. Licence: CC-BY-SA 3.0. View original
Playing hard-to-get... A ten-month old female kitten on the snow near Krzówka, about sixty-five miles southeast of Warsaw, Poland.
Next
By Théophile Gautier
(1811-1872)

Amazon Books

Featured Music

Letters Game

Make words from two or more of the tiles below. What is the highest-scoring word you can make?

Press enter or type a space to see feedback on your word.

More like this: High Tiles Games with Words

Numbers Game

Make the total shown using two or more of the numbers underneath it. You can add, subtract, divide and multiply. Use any number once only.

More like this: Target Number (Mental Arithmetic Game) Mental Arithmetic

Selected Stories
Based on a fable by
Aesop of Samos
It’s hard when messed-up people treat you badly, but if you take it personally it only makes it worse.
By Charles Dickens
(1812-1870)
English lawyer Sydney Carton goes to the guillotine in place of a French aristocrat.
By the early eighth century, sacred art was thriving in newly-Christian England, but in the East seeds of doubt and confusion had been sown.
Based on an account by Saint Bede of Jarrow
(672-735)
An inquisitive monk spied on a guest’s night-time walks.
Based on an account by Saint Bede of Jarrow
(672-735)
The respected Abbess oversaw the English Church’s historic commitment to adopt Byzantine traditions.
Howard gave his life to saving the ‘great gifts and strange inconsistencies’ of Britain’s unique democracy.