Sunday, January 10, 2016

SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT No 7

NOVEL NOTES by Jerome K. Jerome

"A leaky beer tap was the cause of her downfall.  A saucer used to be placed underneath it to catch the drippings.  One day the cat, coming in thirsty, and finding nothing else to drink, lapped up a little, liked it, and lapped a little more.......

From that day till the hour she died, I don't believe that cat was ever once quite sober.  Her days she passed in a drunken stupor before the kitchen fire.  Her nights she spent in the beer cellar.

My grandmother, shocked and grieved beyond expression, gave up her barrel and and adopted bottles.  The cat, thus condemned to enforced abstinence meanded about the house for a day and a half in a disconsolate, quarrelsome mood.  Then she disappeared, returning at eleven o'clock as tight as a drum.

Where she went, and how she managed to procure the drink, we never discovered, but the same programme was repeated every day.  Some time during the morning she would contrive to elude our vigilance and escape, and late every evening she would come reeling across the fields in a condition that I will not sully my pen attempting to describe."

I thought the cat in the picture had that contented look.

8 comments:

  1. The cat in the picture looks truly blissed out.
    An alcoholic animal is a scary thought though.

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    1. I thought that too. Absolute bliss.
      I can think of a black cat you have that should definitely be kept away from the alcohol.

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  2. Cute Mimsie. I know of a family pet, a small white poodle, who every 4th July went around to the empty beer cans and licked up all the dregs. He was as happy as a clam.

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    1. I have known of dogs that have a liking for beer. I guess a little of what you fancy does you good. :)

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    1. I am sure there are quite a few in the world if we took the time to look.

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  4. a beer drinking cat! What surprises me is the cat actually going out in search of beer and finding it! I guess they're more like people than we realise.

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    1. I guess, like people, they have their likes and dislikes and this one certainly knew what it liked and wanted. I found it a delightful little story.

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