The feline was more than a fancy for Carl Van Vechten
The Tiger in the House:
A Cultural History of the Cat
by Carl Van Vechten
$22.95 List Price
Loyalty, blind obedience, and a keen sense of smell, though dull attributes in a human being, are considered sterling in a dog—a fact that might explain why the inscrutable cat alone inherits such a history of symbol and suspicion. A deity in pharaonic Egypt, in ancient Rome the incarnation of liberty, and in medieval Europe a diabolic familiar consigned with all sorcery to the flames, the cat has embodied intensities of
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