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Left without children, and almost entirely alone in the world, she gave herself up to a strange fancy,a fancy, it is true, which in no manner detracted from her real virtues and admirable qualities: she had a passion for animals. And an unhappy passion it was, since all those she had possessed had died in her arms.
A wealthy, elderly matron adopts a scruffy tomcat and while she is away on a trip her jealous butler tries very hard to destroy all nine of the cat's lives. Adapted from 'La mre Michel et son chat' by mile de la Bdollire. The original French story is based on a French nursery rhyme from the 1820s, 'C'est la mre Michel'.
Bdollires charming story of Mother Michel and her cat was turned into English for the entertainment of two small readers at the writers fireside. Subsequently the translation was fortunate enough to find a larger audience in the pages of a popular juvenile magazine.