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Dark Puss

What would you entrust a cat with?

I had a lovely wooden jigsaw puzzle with one of The Tailor of Gloucester illustrations, possibly the first one you show here.

Cornflower

Now, what are cats good for?
Guide cat? Search and rescue cat? Assistance cat? Sniffer cat?...
I rest my case.

Dark Puss

You have a rather low opinion of the usefulness of cats. They can make good models (but not very cooperative my muse tells me) and a number of other examples can be found at this site (sorry about its silly name!)

B R Wombat

The mice managed very well with no fittings - not like the Sewing Bee contestants.

Cornflower

True!

Cornflower

Never mind ornament, what about use?!

Mr Cornflower

In fairness to cats, and being scrupulously accurate with the text, the Tailor of Gloucester's cat - at some personal inconvenience - did get all the things asked for. He only withheld them in an understandable fit of pique on finding that the tailor had released all his captive mice from under the tea-cups. I suppose the moral is, cats are fine, but don't push your luck.

MelD

Oh yes, so sweet! Another one we have on video rather than DVD - the girls used to love it :) I think we had a jigsaw, too, as well as the book - apart from anything, the format of the Beatrix Potter books was so right for children, which is lost in all these "complete" editions etc.
We're making sure my little Swiss grandchildren don't grow up in ignorance, anyway!

Cornflower

You are too kind to that Simpkin - he did a mean thing. A dog, on the other hand, would not have borne a grudge.

Cornflower

It's wonderful that those books have been entertaining children (and the adults who read to them) for over a hundred years.

Georgina

Sorry I missed all this on the day. Dogs are really extensions of ourselves, aren't they? Cats do their own thing, and more power to their paws. My cat manipulates the dog (and me) quite blatently and successfully. Oh, and cats are useful for mousing, but alas it doesn't stop there - just like us?

Liz Davey

Ah, the animated version was one of our favourites and a friend and I, when we hear the Sussex Carol, always turn to one another and say "Tailor of Gloucester".

Cornflower

So do we!

Cornflower

"Dogs are extensions of ourselves" - you are right, Georgina.

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