Elephi, the Cat With the High IQ

By Jean Stafford

Elephi, a well-known cat, is seeking a playmate and a few clever dialog. yet after a brand new spouse is chanced on, there are many confusion, and a few rollicking enjoyable! Illustrated by way of Erik Blegvad.

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Hello! howdy, ma’am, is all of it correct in the event that your cat will get out? ” Elephi, operating down the steps as speedy as he might, heard Mrs. Cuckoo cry, “What? What approximately my cat? ” “It obtained out,” acknowledged the supply guy. (It, certainly! ) “Oh, no! ” Mrs. Cuckoo shrieked. “Madella! Elephi obtained out! name Walter! Run and get your snow boots on and that i will too! ” Walter, the superintendent, was once a pleasant guy yet he used to be titanic and fats and gradual on his toes and Elephi knew that he might simply outrun him. For one second, the Cat previously Kitten paused, feeling sorry for Mrs.

The cat’s been taking a look peaked in recent times and appearing mopey, so I determine he wishes a pal. ” even supposing Elephi was once attracted to titanic, sluggish Walter’s generosity to his cat, he did want they’d cross. eventually, whilst finally they did, he jumped down instantly and ran like a race horse to the again room. He stood within the doorway for a couple of minutes and purred soothingly and whilst he spoke, it used to be in a smooth voice in order that he wouldn't startle Whitey. He stated, “Hello, automobile. I’m Elephi. ” the automobile shook and from someplace deep inside of it got here a shrill, terrified voice.

Sooner or later now not some time past, outdated Smarty Pants Cadillac got here down with a head chilly and he refused to head out into the snow. He coughed and sneezed and carried on at a superb fee and he advised Whitey that he hated to get his tires rainy. He stated rainy tires have been undignified to a Cadillac. So Whitey needed to take Mr. Blaster to his place of work. As he used to be leaving the storage, the awful Cadillac laughed rudely and stated, “The previous man’d greater get a horse. ” The Blasters lived in Westchester, far from Wall highway and Whitey didn't look ahead to the journey.

Additionally residing within the Blasters’ storage was once an incredible, bossy Cadillac who was once consistently bragging approximately how powerful he was once and the way quickly he may perhaps run and the way pricey his upholstery was once. He sneered at Whitey, known as him “shrimp” or “peanut” or “microbe. ” He may say such things as, “Who may have dreamed that i might percentage a roof with a shrimp? And a international shrimp at that? ” Whitey by no means responded again. it'd be a waste of breath to speak to any such blow-hard. Mr. Blaster (his identify acceptable him to a T) used to be now not great.

It gave the impression of someone with a dozen legs who had fallen headlong into the basket and couldn’t get out. A small white vehicle that were creeping down the street started to skid. It skidded round the nook into the facet highway by means of the doorway to the nursery tuition and there it stopped. Elephi might pay attention it attempting to commence back. The noise it made used to be a pass among a scream and a moan with a whimper within the heart, a such a lot mournful sound. Its rear wheels spun wildly, churning up the snow, and the speedier the wheels went, the extra woebegone grew the cry.

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