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ID
b283
Title
"The Cat Who Sang."
Genre
Story
Page Count
12
Word Count
3900
Publisher
Argosy
Publication Year
1963
Document Types
Comic Fiction
Topics
Music, Pets

A late comic tale, in which a overworked teacher hallucinates that his black cat Susie is able to sing Schubert's "Trout" theme (which however is rendered inaccurately, both in notes and rhythm, in the musical notation appearing in the story). While neither his vet or his fiancee can hear anything more than "unbottled echoes of distant caterwaulings on cold moonlight nights," another young woman catches a husband with a more favorable response and by dying her hair jet black. In Argosy (June 1963), The Fabulous Mrs V (1964).