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May 24, 2013


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Marilynn, Grace & Company

Looks like this to me:

"She is the sphinx of our hearthstone, and there is no message we can read in the tranquil scrutiny of her cold eyes."

Whaddya think??



Wow, that is so interesting, Elvira!

Thank you for sharing this with us. :)

We're fairly sure it says:

She is the sphinx of
our hearthstone, and
there is no message
we can read in the
tranquil scrutiny of
her cold eyes


Amy Shojai, CABC

I agree with Marilynn.

A hearthstone, of course, is where cats typically lounge in front of the fire.


Well, we felt kind of good after deciphering the message but then we see at least 3 others have already given the same answer. And they're right. :)


I see the others have already come up with the answer!

Elvira Mistress of Felinity

You guys are the best!

I see it now and so do Nikita and Daddy! :-D

I also found that the woman wrote an essay about The Grocer's Cat and I added a link. :-D


This is very interesting. We wondered if you had considered approaching Andree at The Pet Museum. She has a mountain of knowledge of out of the way works like this one and may have some extra info for you on the author. She may have even done a post on it. The Museum is one of our oldest blog chums and it is well worth spending an afternoon or two mooching through the posts.

Our ape has downloaded the PDF and is going to read this. She is very keen on the changing roles and relationships of apes and humans.
The link to the Pet Museum is:-

Wuudler will be rolling his eyes at The Bridge, seeing how you still have to give out the true symantecs of the P word! He hoped this word could be reclaimed by Pussydom!

Gerry, Mungo & The Ape

Catherine w Finn MacCool

How wonderful, Finn MacCool was beside himself when I mentioned a pussy mystery. Earlier reads have resolved the message. I am looking forward to reading the book. Thank you for sharing with such fun.
Slainte Catherine and Finn

Elvira Mistress of Felinity

Thank you Catherine & Finn!

Pussies have been a mystery to humans for centuries.

They love us dearly, and even have museums and websites devoted to their ongoing effort to fully understand and appreciate us.




Elvira Mistress of Felinity

Thanks Gerry & Mungo!

You are right, Whicky would have a fit! :-D

He was one of Nikita's biggest cheerleaders when he originally took up the cause of defending that word from the vulgarians, and a conversation Daddy Kiril had at Blog Paws has Nikita considering taking it up again, political correctness be damned!

We will be adding the link you provided to our resources pages.


That was very, very interesting and such a neat find! We came up with the same transcription as the others!!!

Team Tabby

We see it has been solved!

Mr. Nikita

Yes, it has, Team Tabby!

Daddy even has found her 2nd book on cats!

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