Tuesday, March 21, 2006

"'Whoever heard of cats doing anything useful!'
'Except for staring at one in a supercilious manner,' said Strange. 'That has a sort of moral usefulness, I suppose, in making one feel uncomfortable and encouraging sober reflection upon one's imperfections.'"
-from Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, p. 586-587

2 comments:

dwain said...

There certainly is an implacable arrogance in a cat's gaze, but I tend to think of it as baseless haughtiness. After all, how proud can an animal that is afraid of water really be?

Welcome back, by the way! It's been depressing to check your blog and never see new material! Yipee, you're back!

Laura said...

Garrison Keillor once said that cats have no purpose in life--other than to show us that some things exist with no purpose. (Of course, this is roundabout thinking, but we'll ignore that).