Cats in the 20th Century (Cats in Literature-Rudyard Kipling)

Rudyard Kipling, the cat who walked by himselfBest known for authoring The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was the first English language writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.  In his children’s story The Cat that Walked by Himself, he describes a time when Man and Woman lived in caves and animals had not yet been tamed.  The superior, independent Cat vows that he will always walk alone and go wherever, whenever, he pleases.  Unlike the other animals that eventually let themselves be easily tamed, the cat makes a deal with the Woman that if she praises him three times, the cat will be able to come into the cave and warm himself by the fire and enjoy a drink of milk.  She does so, and the cat is free to enjoy his new privileges without having been tamed;   thus proving the intelligence and independence of the cat.



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