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Reading poetry requires effort on the part of the reader. Before you can digest the words, you need to roll them around your mouth and chew them, as in the following quote, attributed to Stanley Victor Paskavich (emphasis mine): Don't live by my words, don't die by them, chew them slowly digest them, and smile if they give nourishment to your soul. If this ...


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(Couldn't fit this into a comment….) I think that, in this story, the cat primarily serves the function of atmosphere (that of having something else in the room rather than just Egbert and Lady Anne); otherwise the (already very short) story would be even shorter, and boring. I don't think any deeper symbolism needs to be looked for: while, as far as "...


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