“A home without a cat – and a well-fed, well-petted and properly revered cat – may be a perfect home, perhaps, but how can it prove title?” – Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson novel in 1894.
It is so true and pure that even a man can have a big room in his heart for loving cats. Being born as the 6th child of John Marshall and Jane Lampton Clemens, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known as our famous literary icon Mark Twain, had some remarkable milestone in his career path. He has been praised as the “greatest humorist this country has produced”, and referred to as “the father of American literature” thanks to his powerful wealth of thinking in writings.
Aside from being popular with 2 well-known novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, he used to spend time on pampering his 19 cats throughout various periods of his life, giving them illustrious names just like his artistical lifestyle: Apollinaris, Beelzebub, Blatherskite, Buffalo Bill, Satan, Sin, Sour Mash, Tammany, Zoroaster, Soapy Sal, Pestilence, and Bambino.
He do love cats indeed, he sometime mentioned about the presence of the cat has made the world go round.
“If man could be crossed with the cat,” he once wrote, “it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.”
Throughout his life, when Twain travelled he would rent cats to take the place of his left-behind feline companions. “The most famous cat-renting episode occurred in Dublin, New Hampshire, in 1906.”- wrote Mack Hitch for New England Today.
“Twain biographer Albert Bigelow Paine was there when the author rented three kittens for the summer. One he named Sackcloth. The other two were identical and went under the joint name of Ashes.”
He couldn’t travel with the cats, so he had rent them and then gave some money for lifting these kittens’ lives up.
“Once, as he was about to enter the screen door that led into the hall, two kittens ran up in front of him and stood waiting.”- said Paine.
“With grave politeness he opened the door, made a low bow, and stepped back and said, ‘Walk in, gentlemen. I always give precedence to royalty.’”
He once said, “I simply can’t resist a cat, particularly a purring one. They are the cleanest, cunningest, and most intelligent things I know, outside of the girl you love, of course.” It dedicates how the cats impact his life wherever he is and he respects them wholeheartedly, way more than he does with people.
“If man could be crossed with the cat,” – He once wrote, “it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.”
He also pointed himself out for the love of the cats when he used his imaginative and prosperous words to describe his daughter’s missing cat Bambino. He took out an advertisement in the New York American offering a $5 reward to return the missing cat to his house at 21 5th Avenue in New York City.
“Large and intensely black; thick, velvety fur; has a faint fringe of white hair across his chest; not easy to find in ordinary light.”
People fell in love with Twain’s talented pen and they took a huge effort to find Bambino the cat, and he actually came home, thanks to the precise yet artistic depiction of Mark Twain the cat man.
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