One of Gran’s boarders, Mr. Beaver leaves for the Y. M. C. A. after Caesar attacks him in the dining room.
Blind Polar Bear
The blind polar bear at the zoo reminds the sisters of Mr. Murphy and inspires their
reminiscences. ‘‘Patient and despairing,’’ he is an object of scorn, called a ‘‘‘back number,’’’ or something out-of-date, by a farmer and the monkeys across from him. Why the polar bear reminds them of Mr. Murphy, aside from the fact that he is scorned by the gossiping society of monkeys, is one of the intriguing aspects of the story.
When he is a puppy, before Gran changes his name to Caesar and makes him an attack dog, Laddy is a genial and charming puppy. The sisters received him as a present from Mr. Murphy, and they treat him with love, pampering him and allowing him to go away for long hunting weekends. After Gran takes charge of him, however, chaining him to the house and cuffing him on the ears when he misbehaves, the dog rapidly becomes an ‘‘overbearing, military, efficient, loud-voiced Teuton,’’ which is like a description of a German soldier. Gran’s philosophy with Caesar is that, ‘‘A dog can have morals like a human,’’ but his morals rapidly become nothing but viciousness and ruthlessness.
The black bear in the zoo is ‘‘a rough-andtumble, brawling...
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