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The Cats -- THE AD-DRESSING OF CATS (转载)
[版面:歌剧“魅”影][首篇作者:etude] , 2007年02月22日08:44:13 ,222次阅读,0次回复
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发信人: etude (小铃铛), 信区: OperaHouse
标  题: The Cats -- THE AD-DRESSING OF CATS (转载)
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Thu Feb 22 08:44:13 2007), 站内

发信人: etude (胭脂醉), 信区: Exile
标  题: The Cats -- THE AD-DRESSING OF CATS
发信站: The unknown SPACE (Thu Jun  1 16:42:11 2000), 站内信件


THE AD-DRESSING OF CATS


You've read of several kinds of Cat,
And my opinion now is that
You should need no interpreter
To understand their character.
You now have learned enough to see
That Cats are much like you and me
And other people whom we find
Possessed of various types of mind.
For some are sane and some are mad
And some are good and some are bad
And some are better, some are worse -
But all may be described in verse.
You've seen them both at work and games,
And learnt about their proper names,
Their habits and their habitat:
But
        How would you ad-dress a Cat?

So first, your memory I'll jog,
And say: A CAT IS NOT A DOG.

Now Dogs pretend they like to fight;
they often bark, more seldom bite;
But yet a dog is, on the whole,
What you would call a simple soul.
Of course I'm not including Pekes,
And such fantastic canine freaks.
The usual Dog about the Town
Is much inclined to play the clown,
And far from showing too much pride
Is frequently undignified.
He's very easily taken in -
Just chuck him underneath the chin
Or slap his back or shake his paw,
And he will gambol and guffaw.
He's such an easy-going lout,
He'll answer any hail or shout.

Again I must remind you that
A Dog's a Dog - ACAT'S A CAT.

With Cats, some say, one rule is true:
Don't speak till you are spoken to.
Myself, I o not hold with that -
I say, you should ad-dress a Cat.
But always keep in mind that he
Resents familiarity.
I bow, and taking off my hat,
Ad-dress him in this form: O CAT!
But if he is the Cat next door,
Whom I have often met before
(He comes to see me in my flat)
I greet him with an OOPSA CAT!
I've heard them call him James Buz-James -
But we've not got so far as names.
Before a Cat will condescend
To treat you as a trusted friend,
Some little token of esteem
Is needed, like a dish of cream;
And you might now and then supply
Some caviare, or Strassburg Pie,
Some potted grouse, or salmon paste -
He's sure to have his personal taste.
(I know a Cat, who makes a habit
Of eating nothing else but rabbit,
And when he's finished, licks his paws
So's not to waste the onion sauce.)
A Cat's entitled to expect
These evidences of respect.
And so in time you reach your aim,
And finally call him by his NAME.

So this is this, and that is that:
And there's how you AD-DRESS A CAT.

--
  我爱焰火那一霎的笑容,也爱星空隽永的眼神

※ 来源:.The unknown SPACE bbs.mit.edu.[FROM: 18.98.2.12]
※ 修改:·etude 于 Feb 22 08:48:06 修改本文·[FROM: 194.95.]

 
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