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Pets throughout history: Dickens’s crow and Michel de Montaigne’s on cats

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By Ian Irvine   November 2020

1570: Michel de Montaigne writes in his essay, An Apology for Raymond Sebond, about his cat: “When I play with my cat who knows if I am not a pastime to her more than she is to me? We mutually divert one another with our play. If I have my hour to begin or to refuse, she also has hers.”

1791: Dr Johnson and his…

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