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I should have recognized it

Wynnie
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Mar 6 2007, 1:39pm


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I remember now that there's a picture of a Maltese on the spine of my copy of Middlemarch. I'm afraid the poor doggie in the book gets a cool reception from the main character:

Sir James interpreted the heightened color in the way most gratifying to himself, and thought he never saw Miss Brooke looking so handsome.

"I have brought a little petitioner," he said, "or rather, I have brought him to see if he will be approved before his petition is offered." He showed the white object under his arm, which was a tiny Maltese puppy, one of nature's most naive toys.

"It is painful to me to see these creatures that are bred merely as pets," said Dorothea, whose opinion was forming itself that very moment (as opinions will) under the heat of irritation.

"Oh, why?" said Sir James, as they walked forward.

"I believe all the petting that is given them does not make them happy. They are too helpless: their lives are too frail. A weasel or a mouse that gets its own living is more interesting. I like to think that the animals about us have souls something like our own, and either carry on their own little affairs or can be companions to us, like Monk here. Those creatures are parasitic."

"I am so glad I know that you do not like them," said good Sir James. "I should never keep them for myself, but ladies usually are fond of these Maltese dogs. Here, John, take this dog, will you?"

The objectionable puppy, whose nose and eyes were equally black and expressive, was thus got rid of, since Miss Brooke decided that it had better not have been born. But she felt it necessary to explain.

"You must not judge of Celia's feeling from mine. I think she likes these small pets. She had a tiny terrier once, which she was very fond of. It made me unhappy, because I was afraid of treading on it. I am rather short-sighted."

--from Chapter 3 of Middlemarch, by George Eliot


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TORn parents: Post pics of your kids (or grandkids, nieces/nephews, pets, whomever you'd like to share...) FingonOfPittsburgh Send a private message to FingonOfPittsburgh Feb 17 2007, 8:26pm
    Wow Fingon, Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Feb 17 2007, 8:31pm
    My daughter dresses the grandkids up on Christmas Eve.. Patty Send a private message to Patty Feb 17 2007, 8:32pm
    Re: TORn parents: Post pics of your kids (or grandkids, nieces/nephews, pets, whomever you'd like to share...) Ugly Troll Send a private message to Ugly Troll Feb 17 2007, 8:47pm
    kitty pic Wynnie Send a private message to Wynnie Feb 18 2007, 2:17pm
        Re: [Wynnie] kitty pic Patty Send a private message to Patty Feb 19 2007, 5:21am
    TORn parents: Post pics of your kids (or grandkids, nieces/nephews, pets, whomever you'd like to share...) YodatheHobbit Send a private message to YodatheHobbit Feb 19 2007, 8:39am
        Ohh, she's a pretty girl. GaladrielTX Send a private message to GaladrielTX Feb 19 2007, 3:22pm
            Well, I'm sure you are enjoying having an Ugly Troll even more. Patty Send a private message to Patty Feb 19 2007, 11:00pm
        oh, she looks like a sweetie Annael Send a private message to Annael Feb 20 2007, 4:24pm
            re FingonOfPittsburgh Send a private message to FingonOfPittsburgh Feb 20 2007, 5:22pm
                and the other member of my household Annael Send a private message to Annael Feb 20 2007, 7:31pm
    Let's see how this works. McGroovy Send a private message to McGroovy Feb 19 2007, 5:06pm
        Heehee! Whenver I see kitties chillin' in the sink GaladrielTX Send a private message to GaladrielTX Feb 19 2007, 5:12pm
            Pele actually *likes* water! McGroovy Send a private message to McGroovy Feb 19 2007, 5:15pm
    In Memoriam - NEW Auxerre Send a private message to Auxerre Feb 19 2007, 6:57pm
        Aww, she was beautiful Morwen Send a private message to Morwen Feb 19 2007, 7:03pm
        My condolences Arwen's daughter Send a private message to Arwen's daughter Feb 19 2007, 10:17pm
        sending my sympathy Wynnie Send a private message to Wynnie Feb 20 2007, 8:22pm
    My kitties Arwen's daughter Send a private message to Arwen's daughter Feb 19 2007, 10:14pm
    Well, here goes Morwen Send a private message to Morwen Feb 20 2007, 2:35am
    Here's our monkey Owlyross Send a private message to Owlyross Feb 20 2007, 3:16pm
    oh boy, brag time Annael Send a private message to Annael Feb 20 2007, 4:29pm
    Here's 1 of Buster and Zoe Foe Send a private message to Foe Feb 20 2007, 7:54pm
    Belle the Terrible(ly) Cute, Devourer of Baseboards Sundoulos Send a private message to Sundoulos Mar 2 2007, 5:45am
        Very very cute! Wynnie Send a private message to Wynnie Mar 3 2007, 3:01pm
            Belle and Snowy Sundoulos Send a private message to Sundoulos Mar 5 2007, 5:56pm
                I should have recognized it Wynnie Send a private message to Wynnie Mar 6 2007, 1:39pm
    More pics FingonOfPittsburgh Send a private message to FingonOfPittsburgh Mar 3 2007, 3:08pm
        it's easy to tell that those three are brothers! Wynnie Send a private message to Wynnie Mar 3 2007, 5:06pm
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