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May 20, 2011

Charles Dickens's letter opener


"The handle is made from the paw of Dickens's pet cat Bob, and the blade is engraved 'C.D. In Memory of Bob 1862,' the year of the cat's death."

You can see the letter opener in New York City, where it is currently on display in a new exhibition (up through December 31) celebrating the centennial of the New York Public Library's august building on Fifth Avenue.


This is giving me ideas, though Gray Cat is a mere 7+ years old.



[via Edward Rothstein and the New York Times]

May 20, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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Epic Daughter says: "Eeeeewwww." I would have to concur. We have created the furballs a la Flautist, but I have absolutely no idea where they are. In the meantime, I now have an entirely new perspective on Dickens....

Posted by: Annick | May 21, 2011 1:50:36 PM

I wonder if Dickens ever scratched his back with Bob's foot...

I'm not overly crazy about the paw idea. It makes me think too much of "The Monkey's Paw" and that story always scares me sleepless, every damn time I see a new version of it. If you want a physical remembrance, you can always save furballs. No not the kind they hock up - just save a big pile of brushed-out fur (you'll want a relatively clean, flealess cat for this) and compact it by rolling it between your palms till it's down to a nice, firm, compact ball. I've got a little cardboard box with 4 or 5 of them from my past 3 indoor cats, all different colors. Just wash your hands before you eat.

Posted by: Flautist | May 21, 2011 12:17:09 AM

Seems an odd way to honor the dearly loved and departed, mounting a body part on anything. Ummm....well... no, don't anyone even go there....

Posted by: tamra | May 21, 2011 12:12:34 AM

That is mos def NOT what I want.

In fact, I may enroll Gray Cat in Ray Kurzweil's "Live Forever" program if I can get a break on the price (currently $50,000 a year for humans).

Giving her in excess of 80 pills and capsules a day ain't gonna be no picnic but I'll give it a shot.

One hour of that and it's likely she'll opt out of the program — and my life — in a Podunk town yoctosecond.

Posted by: bookofjoe | May 20, 2011 7:04:34 PM

"This is giving me ideas, though Gray Cat is a mere 7+ years old.



The statements above make it seem that you are asking for Flautist or someone to do a 'hit' on Gray Cat. Tell me that is not what you want.

Posted by: antares | May 20, 2011 6:53:11 PM

What makes you think you will outlive Gray Cat?

Posted by: Joe Peach | May 20, 2011 4:24:25 PM

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