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T.S. Eliot, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

“With Cats, some say, one rule is true:

Don’t speak till you are spoken to.

Myself, I do not hold with that —

I say, you should ad-dress a Cat.

But always keep in mind that he

Resents familiarity.

I bow, and taking off my hat,

Ad-dress him in this form: O Cat!

But if he is the Cat next door,

Whom I have often met before

(He comes to see me in my flat)

I greet him with an oopsa Cat!

I think I've heard them call him James —

But we've not got so far as names.”