Posted by Magnus Smith on April 15, 2016 at 00:27:24 user Magnus.
In Reply to: Re: Roger and chocolate posted by Owen Roberts on April 10, 2016 at 16:52:40:
AR was a cat lover, indeed. But he knew the real William well (owned by his close friends) and maybe AR got to observe William's personality at a detailed level. Some cats don't have quite such obvious personalities; they can hide it. I believe (auto)biographical works only mention the cats once.
My main point is: Did you notice that Sinbad and Gibber never have any paragraphs narrated from their own point of view / in the first person...
Chapter V - Aboard the Teasel
William was not aboard the Teasel. He had had a rather upsetting day, what with being left alone in the boat in the morning and having to make room for these newcomers in the afternoon. For some little time after tea he had lain as usual on the foredeck, catching the last of the sunshine and knowing that he made a noble sight for anybody who might be sailing up or down the river. But the short spring day was ending. People were settling down for the night. There was no one to admire him. He went back into the well and heard Dorothea say what a handsome pug he was, but those newcomers seemed unable to do their washing up without splashing. He went on into the cabin. Mrs. Barrable was writing a letter and took no notice of him. He was annoyed to find some of her paint-brushes soaking in a jam-pot half full of turpentine, left on the floor just where he could not help coming across it. If he had not been prudent in sniffing, that turpentine might have ruined his nose for a week. How careless people were. Thoroughly sulky, William went out again through the well, getting dreadfully splashed as he did so, climbed on deck, and went off along his private gang-plank to the shore to dig up and enjoy anew one or two treasure smells that he had hidden, some little distance away, on the strip of firm ground that lay behind the fringe of reeds.
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