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    Johnyxxx is offline Senior Member
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    Cats and sherry

    Hi,

    Can anybody explain to me what the author means by cats and sherry and what is the meaning of the bold text?

    ĎIím not attesting, mind you, that he was confirmed at it, no more than that Iím a man to be measuring whatís given me to take charge of by tenths of inches. Itís the principle of the thing. You might have thought, too, that a simple honest pride would have kept him back. Nothing of the sort; and no matter, wine or spirits. Iíd watch him there, though he couldnít see me, being behind the door. And practices like that, sir, as you will agree with me, canít go on. They couldnít go on, vicarage or no vicarage. Besides, from being secret it began to be open. It had gone too far. Brazen it out: that was the lay. I came down one fine morning to find one of my best decanters smashed to smithereens on the stone floor, Irish glass and all. Cats and sherry, who ever heard of it? And out of revenge he filled the pantry with wasps by bringing in over-ripe plums. Petty waste of time like that. And some of the green-houses thick with blight!

    Crewe by Walter de la Mare, 1929

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    GoesStation is online now Moderator
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    Re: Cats and sherry

    I imagine the cat had brushed the decanter onto the floor.

    The speaker doesn't habitually closely examine things that have been put in his charge.
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