Raven Listens to a Recording of Aldous Huxley on the Power of Cat Jewelry
Raven had always been attracted to Jewelry. She was caught several times stealing diamond necklaces from her human's wife, Mrs. George. The diamonds were so sparkly she could not resist. When Mrs. Goeorge was getting dressed for a party ...well, actually it was when she returned from a party and was spreading out all her belongings on the bed, she took off her necklace and put it on the dresser. Raven leapt onto the dresser and swiped the necklace. She was gone in a flash. Mrs. George found her necklace in with lots of other items that Raven had stolen. They were all in Raven's lair. That was not where Raven slept; it was a separate hiding place. She actually slept in a closet, behind Mr. George's suits. Just to clarify things, Mr. George is Raven's human.
Raven could not control her impulse to steal the jewelry. She stole bracelets, necklaces, rings, plaques, tie studs, belt buckles, and cierras.
She dealt in gold, diamonds, rubies, sapphires and platinum. She never tried to sell or pawn what she stole. She just stored her findings in her lair to look at and admire. She had no desire to convert the jewelry to money; she had no need for money. But she wondered why both cats and humans admired jewelry...well, more than admire. They were captivated by jewelry. She wondered this until her human played a tape with Aldous Huxley giving a lecture on why we are drawn to jewelry.
Aldous Huxley Speaks on Cat Jewelry and Human Jewelry.
Raven listened intently. Huxley was saying that people and cats were fascinated by jewelry and that this was like asking why is grass green. It is a very basic question. Raven focused her antennae. Huxley continued. It has to do with light, said Huxley. The jewel makes us aware of light and light, colored or white, gives us a glimpse into eternity. Raven reflected. What did this have to do with cats? Was this
not a human phenomenon? But Huxley continued. "Even animals such as cats can become addicted to jewelry and it is because they are fascinated with the light they refract and send forth. It is as Dante said in his Divine Comedy; "the light is as though from two suns." And light is associated with eternity and goodness and beauty. All the cardinal aspects of reality: truth, beauty and goodness. This is so much so that in societies where no diamonds exist; indeed, where no jewelry exists, then glass is highly valued. So this was the reason, thought Raven. This is why she is powerfully attracted to jewelry.
Just then she felt a tug on her lower body and it was Mrs. George, pulling her out of her lair and also reaching in and retrieving the diamond necklace. Oh, well, I can re-steal it, reflected Raven. All I have to do is see where Mrs. Geoge puts it when she removes it after a party.
Now Raven noticed that Mrs. George was putting her jewelry in the family safe immediately upon returning from the opera. Raven could not for the life of her understand what she appreciated in opera when she (Raven) could out caterwaul all of them. And she would prove it. The next time Mr and Mrs. G went to the opera, Raven hopped on the back bumper and alighted when they arrived at the opera house. All the folks wore their best, evening dresses, tuxedos. Mrs. G wears her best evening dress and she and Mr. G enjoy the opera, Rigoletto, very much.
Raven could track the actions of Mr and Mrs. G by slipping into the opera house, periodically hiding behind seats and curtains until she found a prime spot above the box occupied by Mr. and Mrs. G. Raven also had a perfect view of the stage and the sopranos and baritones.
Raven Caterwauls Her Favorite Song About Cat Jewelry
Right in the middle of the opera, when the soprano is at peak performance, Raven dashes onto the stage and sings with the soprano. Her caterwauls reach the topmost balcony and people are aghast, but Raven simply bows and exits the stage. Mrs. G.is so upset that she and her husband race out the opera house and are set to go home. They have their car brought up when Mrs. G. notices that she has lost her diamond necklace. She and Mr. G. search all the steps they have taken on exiting the balcony and the entire theatre, but to no avail. The diamond necklace is missing. Mrs. G. reflects that this is very much like a story she read in college, entitled The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant. They are distraught and almost ready to despair when Raven leaps through a window of the car and returns the necklace that she held in her teeth. Mr. and Mrs. G screamed at Raven. But then they realized that Raven was making a statement of love. She had performed for them in public and she had shown that she could steal the diamonds even when they were on Mrs. G's neck and she had shown that she had no intention of selling or pawning them for she had dramatically returned the merchandise.
So, Mr and Mrs. G and Raven began singing in unison and they sang all the way home. And just as they turned into their driveway they saw a shadowed person run behind some shrubs in their garden. Raven leapt out the car and followed the intruder. If necessary, Raven planned to make a citizen's arrest, for the person was trespassing. On closer inspection, Raven discovered that the hooded person was none other than the local diamond thief, said to be a cat burglar. He was snooping around for his type of cat toys.Raven resented this name because it gave cats a bad name. She had to admit that she could out burglarize most humans, but she stayed in her own home to do so. In her mind, she never broke the law. But there was somebody in their garden...the cat burglar. So Raven raced toward the person let out a shriek that nearly burst the ear drums of Mr. and Mrs. G. and the Cat Burglar ran off. He/she was after more than cat jewelry. Mr. and Mrs. G turned to one another and rejoiced with a kiss. They were grateful to have Raven, just as Raven was grateful to have them.