'Any of you got cats in your cells throw them out,' said Tiny. Two cats at the end of the block, thinking perhaps that Tiny had food, came toward him. One was big, one was little. Tiny raised his club, way in the air, and caught a cat on the completion of the falling arc, tearing it in two. At the same time another guard bashed in the head of the big cat. Blood, brains and offal splattered their yellow waterproofs and the sight of carnage reverberated through Farragut's dental work; caps, inlays, restorations, they all began to ache. He snapped his head around to see that Bandit had started for the closed door. He was pleased at this show of intelligence and by the fact that Bandit had spared him the confrontation that was going on between Tiny and Chicken Number Two: 'Throw that cat out,' said Tiny to Chicken. 'You ain't going to kill my pussy,' said Chicken. 'You want six days cell lock,' said Tiny. 'You ain't going to kill my pussy,' said Chicken. 'Eight days cell lock,' said Tiny. Chicken said nothing he was hanging on to the cat. 'You want the hole,' said Tiny. 'You want a month in the hole.' 'I'll come back and get it later,' said one of the other men.
It was half and half. Half the cats cased the slaughter and made for the closed door. Half of them wandered around at a loss, sniffing the blood of their kind and sometimes drinking it. Two of the guards vomited and half a dozen cats got killed eating the vomit...'
— Falconer by John Cheever, 1977
The reason for this: I have a vague idea that there is a lot of this stuff — cats in fiction are subjected to unimaginable pain and indignity; dogs get off lightly. Contributions or contradictions welcome. I'll keep posting any examples I come across.
Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch's last word on literary style:
For — believe me, Gentlemen — so far as Handel stands above Chopin, as Velasquez above Greuze, even so far stand the great masculine objective writers above all who appeal to you by parade of personality or private sentiment.
Mention of these great masculine "objective" writers brings me to my last word: which is, "Steep yourselves in them: habitually bring all to the test of them: for while you cannot escape the fate of all style, which is to be personal, the more of catholic manhood you inherit from thsoe great loins the more you will assuredly beget.
Mmm. Steep me in those manly catholic loins.
Notes: 1) It's pronounced "Cooch". 2) Q was his nom de plume. 3) From "On Style", the last in a series of lectures delivered at Cambridge University, 1913-14, and collected as On the Art of Writing (1916).
Much comment has been aroused by this entry at the Internet Movie Database:
On the now overflowing Anne Sellors messageboards, a poignant comment has been left by toothpastelaser under the heading "anne sellors is my aunt STOP THE LIES!!":
Usually I dont post on IMDB with the many trolls perverts and indy film
makers but this is getting out of hand. Anne Sellors AKA woman who
urinates herself (just a CHARACTOR!!!) is my aunt and I cant bear to
see some of the posts from here and 4 chans that school freinds have
forwarded me on AIM. please STOP the following ridiculous rumors about
1, anne sellors is STILL ALIVE
2 - the role was to be titled differently or she would have chosen another I AM SURE
2a she does not urinate herself and never has, those pointing to
the fact the title is 'urinates' and not 'urinated' need to GROW UP!!
stop laying semantics
3/ NO she was not in anything else and esepcially NONE of the
others I have seen mentioned eg emaneulle 2000, death race remake, LOTR
deleted scene or vo for monkey island, those pictures are PHOTO SHOPS
Needles to say I havent mentioned any of this to her yet. I HOPE I
wont have to. Find someone else to talk about please. BTW Thanks guys
this has really lowered my opinnion of humanity nice job. The internet
needs to be regulated asap
Does the equation of trolls and perverts with indy film-makers suggest this is a deadpan gag, or is that just what people think about indy film-makers?
Albert Camus: "Every achievement is a servitude. It drives us to a higher achievement." (Notebooks, iv: 1942)