While answering another question, I read Saki's short story The Reticence of Lady Anne" from his Reginald in Russia collection. Inasmuch as a story this short can be said to have "plotlines", there are two parts of this story (spoiler alert!):
- The main plot is Egbert trying to resolve an argument with his wife, who maintains an icy aloofness and refuses to reply to anything he says. At the end of the story, it's revealed that she's been dead for two hours.
- A subplot introduces two pets, the singing bullfinch and the Persian cat. At the end of the story, the cat, "carrying out a long-formed theory of action with the precision of mature deliberation", apparently eats the bird.
Is there any symbolic or thematic connection between these two plotlines? It feels like there should be, otherwise why put them both together in the same story, but I can't make the link.