Friday, January 17, 2014

Another Doubtful Guest

A Doubtful Guest be arriving tomorrow. Here are the cats investigating our first Doubtful Guest, in this case an ornament of the Guest, which came from the Edward Gorey House in Yarmouthport:

Edward Gorey liked Doubtful Guests like the one we're getting. But we're pretty crammed into this apartment, so we're not sure how long it will be able to stay. We have no idea — it might stay with us for only a few days, or perhaps the ending will be closer to the original story:

Now and then it would vanish for hours from the scene, But alas, be discovered inside a tureen.

It was subject to fits of bewildering wrath, During which it would hide all the towels from the bath.

In the night through the house it would aimlessly creep, In spite of the fact of its being asleep.

It would carry off objects of which it grew fond, And protect them by dropping them into the pond.

It came seventeen years ago -- and to this day It has shown no intention of going away.

from The Doubtful Guest by Edward Gorey.

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