I have yet to have my name. It's impossible to know where I was born. I don't remember nothing but I mewed in a marshy, dimlylit place at all event. I had looked a human being there for the first time.


And that, it would be a so-called houseboy that is the most ferocious kind of human being from what I heard later. It's commonly said that he will catch and bite us once in a while. But, I had nothing to be so fearful of that without any definite thought at that time.

I had nothing but a feeling so light when I had been taken on his hands. It had been the first experience for me to see, what is called, a human being when I saw the face of the houseboy on his hands after regaining my presence of mind (...) (Excerpt from I am a Cat by Natsume Soseki)

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