• The cat of the slums and alleys, starved, outcast, harried, still keeps amid the prowlings of its adversity the bold, free, panther-tread with which it paced of yore the temple courts of Thebes, still displays the self-reliant watchfulness which man has never taught it to lay aside.

    "The Square Egg". Book by Saki (Hector Hugh Munro). Chapter: "The Achievement of the Cat", 1924.