In Cats musical, based on poems by Eliot, Macavity’s story is told by two cats Demeter and Bombalurina. It is natural that it will be repeated here in La Loba. Thus, Fabi did the entire research for this post. However, her contribution is not restricted to this. As a person who loves cats, she brought to the post the nature and energy of these animals. A job virtually impossible for anyone who has a high affinity for the dogs, like me. It fell to me; put all that stuff in a basket of cats! Enjoy!
Macavity2 is a mystery cat; he’s called Hidden Paw, because he’s the master criminal who can defy the Law. He’s the bafflement of Scotland Yard’, the Flying Squad’s despair. For when they reach the scene of crime. Macavity’s not there! Macavity, Macavity, there’s no one like Macavity.He’s broken every human Law; he breaks the law of gravity. His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare. You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air. But I tell you once and once again, Macavity’s not there!
Macavity’s a ginger cat, he’s very tall and thin. You would know him if I you saw him, for his eyes are sunken in. His brow is deeply lined with thought, his head is highly doomed. Astute, intelligent and smart. He’s a mystery3.
Like all cats, he has three different names. The first he changes as his tie. It may be Lucas, Henry, Guy and John4. All of them sensible everyday names. But I tell you, a cat needs a name peculiar and more dignified. Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular, or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride? Of names of this kind, I can give Munkustrap, Quaxo or Coricopat. Names that never belong to more than one cat. But above and beyond there’s still one name left over. The name that you never will know, because it belongs to his secret world and he will never confess!
Macavity, Macavity, there’s no one like Macavity. You may meet him in a by-street, you may see him in the square. But when a crime’s discovered. Or the jewel-case of is rifled. Or when the milk is missing, or another dog has been made the fool. Or the greenhouse glass is broken and the trellis past repair. Sir Harry Peace5, Head of Section D of MI-5, then says: “It must have been Macavity!”–but Macavity’s not there!
He’s already miles away, probably in New Zealand! And the mystery continues. His footprints are not found in any file of MI-5. He always has an alibi, or one or two to spare. He’s outwardly respectable. There never was a cat so alluring and beautiful. They say he is a sex god and his voice is like velvet. But he can be very far! Macavity doesn’t ask for love. Neither depends on it. But when he loves, he can love a lot. But, quietly, without pours himself. He only accepts relation based on independence, with an exchange of affection and respect for individuality. Macavity doesn’t like someone because he has to like, to feel better. He likes for love that is his own and he gives if he wants. If humans are much displayed, competing for attention or with energy very heavy, he walks away. He nothing says or claims. Take away only. And where’s this cat? And, Macavity isn’t there! We must understand why the cat is not there! Present or absent, he always teaches us a lesson. The cat beckons us to realize when we turn within to our own hearts, minds and souls, and trust in ourselves we will always be shown the truth of matters. And when you think Macavity is sleeping, he is awake. And in a second it is ready for action. But Macavity do not bother to hunt rats. They say now he was behind a huge treasure. A treasure of a dragon7! Macavity, the Napoleon of Crime! Macavity, Macavity, there’s no one like Macavity.
References and Notes
1. Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber. 1998. Universal. USA
2. Eliot, T. S. In 1939. Old Psssum’s Book Practical Cats. Harcourt Brace & Company.Orlando, Florida, USA
3. Sir Harry Pearce is a character in the series Spook, produced by the BBC, head of Counter-Terrorism (section D) MI-5.
4. Characters played by Richard Armitage.
5. Venefica, A. 2012. Cat Animal Symbolis – simbolic Meaning of Cats
6. Távala, A. 2012. Ode to the Cat. Only available in Portuguese.
7. Eliot, T. S. 2010. Cats Illustrated by Alex Scghffler. Title Original Old Psssum’s Book Practical Cats. Ballantine Books, New York. Brazil. available only in Portuguese.
8. Andrew Wright as Macavity. 2002. Watercolor and acrylics.