All the best for CAT, everybody! Today, we finally come face to face with the incubus that’s been hovering over our minds for months.Β  A day for dedication, a day for dreams, a day for destiny…

…a good day to meet arguably the most famous mystery cat in literature! πŸ™‚

Macavity, the Mystery Cat – T. S. Eliot

Macavity’s a Mystery Cat: he’s called the Hidden Paw –
For 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,
And when you reach the scene of crime – Macavity’s not there!
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 you saw him, for his eyes are sunken in.
His brow is deeply lined with thought, his head is highly domed;
His coat is dusty from neglect, his whiskers are uncombed.
He sways his head from side to side, with movements like a snake;
And when you think he’s half asleep, he’s always wide awake.

Macavity, Macavity, there’s no one like Macavity,
For he’s a fiend in feline shape, a monster of depravity.
You may meet him in a by-street, you may see him in the square –
But when a crime’s discovered, then Macavity’s not there!

He’s outwardly respectable. (They say he cheats at cards.)
And his footprints are not found in any file of Scotland Yard’s.
And when the larder’s looted, or the jewel-case is rifled,
Or when the milk is missing, or another Peke’s been stifled,
Or the greenhouse glass is broken, and the trellis past repair –
Ay, there’s the wonder of the thing! Macavity’s not there!

And when the Foreign Office find a Treaty’s gone astray,
Or the Admiralty lose some plans and drawings by the way,
There may be a scrap of paper in the hall or on the stair –
But it’s useless to investigate – Macavity’s not there!
And when the loss has been disclosed, the Secret Service say:
‘It must have been Macavity!’ – but he’s a mile away.
You’ll be sure to find him resting, or a-licking of his thumbs,
Or engaged in doing complicated long division sums.

Macavity, Macavity, there’s no one like Macavity,
There never was a Cat of such deceitfulness and suavity.
He always has an alibi, and one or two to spare:
At whatever time the deed took place – MACAVITY WASN’T THERE!
And they say that all the Cats whose wicked deeds are widely known,
(I might mention Mungojerrie, I might mention Griddlebone)
Are nothing more than agents for the Cat who all the time
Just controls their operations: the Napoleon of Crime.

5 thoughts on “D-day

  1. Hi J/T,

    As per the CAT 2015 mock test, there are 24 RC questions with the remaining being
    ParaJumbles, odd man out or summarize text. Do you guys think this will be the pattern during the exam too? ( More or less). Historically, have the mocks been good tools in predicting the breakup of topics?
    Would love your thoughts on this as Verbal is my weak section πŸ˜€

  2. The mock they upload is intended to demonstrate the look and feel of the paper only. The type, distribution and level of questions may or may not be reflective of actuals. 24 RC questions is not very likely (though I would love it if that were to happen πŸ™‚ )


  3. Dear J,

    I just scanned through a majority of your excerpts- what a collection! Thank you. πŸ™‚
    But it has been four years since your last excerpt was published. One wonders why you stopped. Please keep them coming!


    • Excerpts, specifically, yes, but I have kept adding posts off and on (including over 25 this year). Two reasons for the reduction in frequency – firstly, I had already said most of what I wanted to in the ~500 posts already put up; adding more just for the sake of adding more didn’t make sense if I couldn’t add value and maintain a certain level of quality. Since a large chunk of my readership is new every year, the existing material will still be of good use to most, I suspect. And secondly, my health has been increasingly iffy in recent years (in particular I have been warned by my doctor that if I don’t reduce my screen time significantly, my eyesight might be at risk). My work already involves significant screen-time. So, I cut back considerably on most other activities involving staring at screens, which included this blog.


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