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THE DOLL: "Tame Cat"

Please use this thread to discuss the story "Tame Cat".

 

(Sorry, I'm closing out a study and got interrupted, never got back to the thread-making last week)

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Re: THE DOLL: "Tame Cat"

This passage on the bottom of page 103 sums up the story:

 

“She understood everything now.  Mummy, her beauty gone, a frightened jealous woman, envious of her own youth; while he, smooth-tongued and deceitful, worked for a new alliance.”

 

I liked the title --- a play on words --- tom cat versus tame cat.

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Again, you are great at finding those connections of words!  Tom cat, indeed!

 

This was kind of a hearbreaking story.  This young girl, on the threshold of her adult life, so excited and looking forward to everything, and then to have her ideals crushed and only able to see a drab, hypocritical existence stretching ahead of her.

 

She is so proud of herself, thinking that her mother will finally admire her - "Mummy would be proud of her at last".  But her mother's reaction is not at all what she expected, and it was clear to me at once that her mother now saw her as a rival.  And that rat - "Uncle John"!  In her innocence, she never does anything to lead him on, and yet he reads everything into it and apparently thinks they are going to have an affair.  When they go out and people are staring and smiling, she thinks it is because they see she is grown up and happy for her; more likely, it is because they see her with John and are amused that she is replacing her mother in his affections (if you can call them that).

 

The last bit, where the three of them are together celebrating New Year's Eve, seems to carry an implication that she may just give in and surrender to the family situation.

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dulcinea3 wrote:

Again, you are great at finding those connections of words!  Tom cat, indeed!

 

This was kind of a hearbreaking story.  This young girl, on the threshold of her adult life, so excited and looking forward to everything, and then to have her ideals crushed and only able to see a drab, hypocritical existence stretching ahead of her.

 

She is so proud of herself, thinking that her mother will finally admire her - "Mummy would be proud of her at last".  But her mother's reaction is not at all what she expected, and it was clear to me at once that her mother now saw her as a rival.  And that rat - "Uncle John"!  In her innocence, she never does anything to lead him on, and yet he reads everything into it and apparently thinks they are going to have an affair.  When they go out and people are staring and smiling, she thinks it is because they see she is grown up and happy for her; more likely, it is because they see her with John and are amused that she is replacing her mother in his affections (if you can call them that).

 

The last bit, where the three of them are together celebrating New Year's Eve, seems to carry an implication that she may just give in and surrender to the family situation.


I hope she doesn't give into the situation!

 

Uncle John is a real jerk, isn't he?!

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Re: THE DOLL: "Tame Cat"

Uncle John is very frightening too. I doubt she will submit to him. She doesn't seem too be taken by him because she is to much aware of his manipulative actions.

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chadadanielleKR wrote:

Uncle John is very frightening too. I doubt she will submit to him. She doesn't seem too be taken by him because she is to much aware of his manipulative actions.


I got a sense of resignation and submission from her in the end.  If it's not Uncle John, I suspect it will be someone else.

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dulcinea3 wrote:

chadadanielleKR wrote:

Uncle John is very frightening too. I doubt she will submit to him. She doesn't seem too be taken by him because she is to much aware of his manipulative actions.


I got a sense of resignation and submission from her in the end.  If it's not Uncle John, I suspect it will be someone else.


I got the sense of resigation at the end too, but I think she will wise up to Uncle John quickly and move away from him.

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