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The Cat that walked by Himself

THE CAT THAT WALKED BY HIMSELF

This is the story of the cat who walked by himself and it happened - Just So.

Long ago in the High and Far Off Times all the tame animals were wild.
The Dog was wild, the Horse was wild, the Sheep was wild, the Pig was wild-
as wild as wild could be.
But the wildest of ALL the wild animals was the cat.
He walked by himself in the wet wild woods and all places were alike to him.
Of course the Man was wild too,
until he met the Woman, who tamed him.
She picked out a nice dry cave and lit a cosy fire.
She hung a wild horse skin across the cave mouth. Then she said, now we will keep house together.
So wipe your feet dear when you come in.
That night they ate wild roast sheep with wild rice.
The Man decided that he liked being tame and he went happily to sleep by the warm fire.
But the woman stayed awake. She looked at the bone of the shoulder of mutton.
She looked at the wonderful marks on it.
And she made a Magic. She made the first singing Magic in the World.
Out in the wet wild woods, wild Horse stamped his wild foot and said.
Why have the Man and Woman made that great light?
But wild Dog lifted up his wild nose and said. Mmmm I must go and see for myself.
Cat come with me please.
No said the Cat- I am Cat who walks by Himself and all places are alike to me.
I will not come.
Then we can never be friends again, said wild Dog, and set off for the cave.

Then the cat thought. It's true that I and the Cat that walks by Himself,
however I think I will go and look at this new light.
Oh my enemy and wife of my enemy please give me another.
Then the Woman said. If you help my Man hunt through the day and if you guard this cave by night,
then I will give you as many bones as you can eat.
Aaah said the Cat, listening, this is a very wise woman.
Of my friend and wife of my friend said wild Dog . I will do as you ask if you promise to feed me those wonderful bones.
Good, said the Woman. From now on you will be known as First Friend.
Hah, said the Cat , that is a very foolish Dog.
and he went back into the wet wild woods waving his wild tail and walking by his wild lone.
The next night the Woman plaited a halter and as she worked she made a Magic.
She made the second singing Magic in the world.
Wild Horse stamped his wild foot and said.
I will go and see why wild Dog has not returned, Cat come with me please.
No said the Cat- I am Cat who walks by Himself .
But as before his curiosity got the better of him
and he followed where he could hear everything.
Oh my enemy and Wife of my enemy where is Wild Dog?
The Woman laughed. You didn't come here for Wild Dog.
But for the sake of this good grass. If you wear this halter then you eat this wonderful grass.
Ah, said the Cat, listening, This is a clever Woman.
But she is not so clever as I.
Oh my Mistress and Wife of my Master, said Wild Horse.
I will be your servant for the sake of this wonderful grass.
Good, said the Woman, from now on you will be known as First Servant.
Hah said the Cat. That is a very foolish Horse.
Next night Wild Cow came up to the Cave.
and when Wild Cow had promised to give her milk in exchange for the wonderful grass
The Cat went off into the wet wild woods waving his wild tail and walking by his wild lone.
Next night Cat waited to see if any other wild thing would go up to the cave.
But no-one moved so he walked there by himself.
Oh wife of my enemy where did Wild Cow go?
The Woman laughed, You're not really here for Wild Cow,
But for the sake of her warm white milk.
But it is no use for we have no more need of either friends or servants.
I am not a friend or a servant. I am the Cat who walks by himself.

and although all places are alike to me, I would rather like to come into your warm cave.
Then Woman said, then why did you not come in that first night with First Friend?
Cat grew very angry, has Wild Dog been telling tales about me?
You are the Cat who walks by himself. So go away and walk by yourself.
Then Cat pretended to be sorry.
Must I never come into the cave?
Must I never sit by the warm fire?
Must I never drink the warm white milk?
You are wise and very beautiful.
You should not be so cruel even to a Cat.
I knew I was wise, but no-one has ever called me beautiful.
So I shall make a bargain .If ever I should say one word in your praise
You may come into the cave.
And if you should say two words in my praise?
If I do then you may sit by the fire.
And if you should say two words said the Cat?
I never shall, but if I do, then you may drink the warm , white milk.
Then Cat said.
Now let the curtain at the mouth of the cave
and the Fire at the back of the cave
and the milk pots that stand by the fire
remember what the Wife of my enemy has said.
Only the Bat the little upside down Bat knew where Cat hid.
and every evening Bat would fly to the cave with news of what was happening.
There is a baby in the cave said the Bat.
He is new and pink and small and the Woman is very fond of him.
Aaaah said the Cat. But what is Baby fond of?
He is fond of things that are soft and warm and tickle.
Aaah said the Cat. Then my time has come.
then the Bat said, oh my Hostess and Wide of my Host.
A wild thing is most beautifully playing with your baby.

I have been very busy said the Woman and he has done me a service by
keeping my Baby happy.
So a blessing on the wild thing, whoever he may be.
It is I , said the Cat, You have spoken one word in my praise.
So now I may sit within the cave.
But still I am the Cat who walks by himself and all places are alike to me.
That was wonderfully done ,said the Woman. There is no doubt about it,
you are a very clever Cat.
It is I , said the Cat, You have spoken a second word in my praise.
So now I can sit by the warm fire.
But still I am the Cat who walks by himself and all places are alike to me.
Then the Woman grew angry at being caught out again.
She made a Magic that would prevent her from saying a third word in praise of the Cat.
It was not a singing magic. This time it was a still, silent Magic.
Oh Wife of my enemy , said the Cat, Is that little Mouse part of your Magic?
No,No indeed.
Aaah said the Cat then it will do me no harm if I eat it?
Catch it quickly, and I will be ever so grateful.
A hundred thanks. You are certainly a most remarkable Cat.
It is I , said the Cat, You have spoken a third word in my praise.
So now I may drink the warm white milk.
But still I am the Cat who walks by himself and all places are alike to me.
You have certainly got the best of me in our bargain, laughed the Woman.
But here come the Man and the Dog from hunting.
They may be angry at your being here.
That is so, now it is time for you to make a bargain with me.
If you do not catch Mice whilst you are in our cave.
Then I shall throw these five things at you whenever we meet.
the Cat counted the five things and he said…
mmm Yes I will catch mice,but I shall never be your servant.
I am still the Cat who walks by himself and all places are alike to me.
Huh,said the Man, your obstinate independence puzzles and angers me.
So I shall still throw three of these five things at you whenever we meet.
Wait a minute, said the Dog. You have not made a bargain with me.
If you are not kind to the Baby then I shall hunt you till I catch you
and when I catch you I will bit you.
Cat counted the dog's teeth and he said.
I will be kind to the baby as long as he doesn't pull my tail too hard.
But still I am the Cat who walks by himself.
Your obstinate independence puzzles and angers me.
So I shall still chase you up a tree whenever we meet.
And ever since that day three proper men out of five will throw things at a Cat.
and all proper Dogs will chase him up a tree.
And the Cat keeps his side of the bargain, he will catch Mice.
and is kind to Babies so long as they don't pull his tail too hard.
But when the moon comes up and night falls he goes out into the wet wild woods..
or on the wet wild roofs, waving his wild tail.
For still, he is the Cat who walks by himself and all places are alike to him.