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The Cat in The Rain In the short story the The Cat in the Rain by Ernest Hemingway the cat is a symbol around which the story revolves As a central symbol the cat reveals the psychological state and emotional desires of the American wife When the cat is first observed it is crouched under one of the dripping green tables The cat was trying to make herself so compact that she would not be dripped on56 Even though the wife is standing to far from the cat to determine its gender it is described as she This choice of words helps to make a connection for the reader between the wife and the cat The woman sees the cat in a treacherous enviorment trying to make it through a storm without drowning and decides to go and rescue it From the moment she leaves the room to get the cat she is told repeatedly not to get wet but she doesnt care Her only concern is to get the cat out of rain Getting this cat is important to her because she empathizes with the it It isnt any fun to be a poor kitty out in the rain57 Before she even has a chance to step into the rain the hotel keeper has sent out the maid with an umbrella to shield her from getting wet showing the reader he cares As she walks with the maid holding the umbrella over them she is suddenly disappointed to see the cat is gone When the maid finds out what she was looking for she laughs The wife is not at all amused Oh I wanted it so much I wanted a kitty57 She is feeling so sad and depressed making us wonder why this cat is so important for her to have We must go back inside you will be wet I suppose so says the American
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