By Doris Lessing
From the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Doris Lessing, a quick tale a few woman's slow flow outdoor the boundaries of society. An outdated girl, with gipsy blood, starts to discover the conventions of society stifling – whilst her husband dies, and her teenagers go away domestic, she embraces a marginal, unconventional life, observed by way of her devoted cat. 'An outdated lady and Her Cat' brilliantly combines Doris Lessing's unforgiving exam of our society – and people it can't accommodate and ulitmately fails – with an excellent portrait of her favorite animal – the cat.
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At the shot the head dropped forward. “That does it,” said Wilson. “Got the spine. ” “Let’s get the drink,” said Macomber. In his life he had never felt so good. In the car Macomber’s wife sat very white faced. “You were marvellous, darling,” she said to Macomber. ” Wilson asked. “It was frightful. ” “Let’s all have a drink,” Macomber said. “By all means,” said Wilson. ” She drank the neat whisky from the flask and shuddered a little when she swallowed. She handed the flask to Macomber who handed it to Wilson.
Wilson called in Swahili and the older gun-bearer, who was skinning out one of the heads, straightened up, pulled a box of solids out of his pocket and brought them over to Macomber, who filled his magazine and put the remaining shells in his pocket. “You might as well shoot the Springfield,” Wilson said. “You’re used to it. We’ll leave the Mannlicher in the car with the Memsahib. Your gun-bearer can carry your heavy gun. I’ve this damned cannon. ” He had saved this until the last because he did not want to worry Macomber.
They climbed into the motor car and, in the gray first daylight, moved off up the river through the trees. Macomber opened the breech of his rifle and saw he had metal-cased bullets, shut the bolt and put the rifle on safety. He saw his hand was trembling. He felt in his pocket for more cartridges and moved his fingers over the cartridges in the loops of his tunic front. He turned back to where Wilson sat in the rear seat of the doorless, box-bodied motor car beside his wife, them both grinning with excitement, and Wilson leaned forward and whispered, “See the birds dropping.
An Old Woman and Her Cat by Doris Lessing