The main passion of Mark TWAIN: The love of cats and their unusual nicknames
Ernest Hemingway sincerely believed that all modern literature was born from a single book — “the adventures of Huckleberry Finn” Mark TWAIN. Moreover, William Faulkner, born 50 years after the birth of TWAIN, called him “the first truly American writer” and claimed that all the others — only his heirs. And who believed himself a popular writer? And mark TWAIN preferred all people… cat.
In the life of Mark TWAIN was not, perhaps, such a period, when he did not surround himself with cats. He quite seriously considered that without a cat the house is not a house, but only a temporary shelter. And then, even traveling to other countries, TWAIN tried to “rent” local seals. One of these episodes just described his biographer albert Bigelow pine.
Being in the summer in Dublin, new Hampshire, 71-year-old writer asked the locals to give him a lease of seals — and he brought three. TWAIN took all three of them: one of them he called Sackcloth (Sackcloth) and the other two were so like each other that got one name for two — Cinders (Ashes). “He didn’t want to take them forever, then it would mean that after his departure seals would remain without supervision, — pine writes. — Instead, he preferred to rent them and pay enough to be well taken care of.”
As for the unusual names, which mark TWAIN has awarded its “leased cats”, it really was for the writer a matter of honour to find a decent unusual nickname for each pet. At different times he has lived up to 19 cats at the same time, and each of them had its own name. No murok or KIS-kisov from TWAIN never had, but it was Beelzebub, Apollinaris, Satan, Sin, Buffalo bill, Zoroaster, Palestine, a Chatterbox and even seals with the name Sour Mash and Soap Salt.
The writer’s favorite was a well-fed Bambino cat. This cat took TWAIN’s daughter Clara, and then he stayed with the writer. When the cat was gone, TWAIN even wrote an ad about the loss in the local newspaper. “We have a missing cat. Big and intensely-black, well-fed, with velvet coat. There is an elegant white pattern on the breast. Hard to find in normal light.”
Of course, seals have found a place in the work of the writer. In “the adventures of Tom Sawyer” has a Chapter about the cat and “pain-killer” in which a sad boy fed the local cat potion, which was to dispel the sadness of Tom, but instead made the poor animal “dance smartly”. As mark TWAIN said, this story is based on real events that happened to the writer when he was a boy.
After the death of Mark TWAIN was published a small book “About cats: Two stories of Mark TWAIN.” In this book were recorded stories that the writer read to his daughters at night. But perhaps the most striking quote about cats from TWAIN’s work is a phrase from the novel “Simpleton Wilson” — “a House without a cat — fattened, spoiled, accustomed to reverence — can also be ideal; perhaps I do not argue, but how can you prove it?»