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y hereditary descent. My place, for instance, was my mother's and my grandmother's before me. We are prepared by birth and education for the position we occupy. Have you considered how utterly unfitted you are for the life to which you aspire? I am sorry to disappoint you, but I fear your hopes are vain. There is, indeed, a vacancy in the brick house opposite. Caesar--a venerable cat--died last week. He was much admired for his gentlemanly and dignified deportment. "Who shall come after the king?"' "'I, Mrs. Tabitha, I'-- "'You, indeed!' she interrupted, scornfully. "'Oh, yes, if you will but condescend to give me instructions. I am quick to learn. The short time I have been so happy as to be in your company I have gained much knowledge. I am sure I can imitate the _mew_-sic of your voice. I know I can gently wave my tail, and touch my left whisker with my paw as you do. When I leave you I shall spend every moment till we meet again in practising your airs and graces, till I make them all my own. Dear friend,--if you will let me call you so,--help me to King Caesar's place.' "There was much that was flattering to Mrs. Velvetpaw in this speech. "'Well,' said she, 'I will see what can be done. There, go home now, and the first thing to be done is to make yourself perfectly clean. Wash yourself twelve times in the day, from the end of your nose to the tip of your tail. Take particular pains with your paws. A cat of refinement is known by the delicacy and cleanliness of her feet. Farewell! After three days, meet me here again.' "You can imagine how faithfully Furry-Purry followed these directions--how with her sharp tongue she smoothed and stroked every hair of her pretty coat, and washed her face again and again with her wet paws. "'You are wretchedly thin!' Mrs. Tabitha said at their next meeting. 'That fault can only be remedied by a generous diet. You must look me full in the face when I talk to you. Really, you have no need to be ashamed of your eyes, for they are decidedly bright and handsome. When you walk, don't bend your legs till your body almost touches the ground. That gives you a wretchedly hang-cat appearance. Tread softly and daintily, but with dignity and grace of carriage. There must be other bad habits I have not mentioned.' "'I am afraid I spit sometimes.' "'Don't do that--it is considered vulgar. Don't bristle your tail. Don't show your claws except to mice. Keep such control over you
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