Saki's "Tobermory" (short story, animal speech, free): Think twice before teaching your cat to speak!
Story summary.Mr Appin has successfully taught Tobermory English speech, & is staging a demonstration in front of some neighbors. Only trouble is: while cat can speak English, it's like a child when it comes to keeping secrets. Nasty secrets come tumbling out - few people are careful with the speech when a neighbor's cat is around!
Result is panic, & killing of the poor cat.
- "Somehow there seemed an element of embarrassment in addressing on equal terms a domestic cat of acknowledged mental ability."
Fact sheet.First published: 1909 (where?)
Author's real name: Hector Hugh Munro.
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