Pitty Sing's mishap provides the last comic note in the story before events turn dark and macabre. The Grandmother, not a respected person in the family, knows her son, Bailey, won't allow a cat to stay with them in the motel room. Therefore, as they head out on vacation, she hides Pitty Sing (which sounds like "pity sings") in a basket under her big black valise. In what will turn out to be a highly ironic train of thought, the Grandmother rationalizes:
She didn’t intend for the cat to be left alone in the house for three days because he would miss her too much and she was afraid he might brush against one of her gas burners and accidentally asphyxiate himself.
We don't hear about the cat again until The Grandmother manipulates Bailey into turning down a deserted dirt road in search of an old plantation. She become deeply embarrassed as she suddenly remembers the plantation is in Tennessee, not Georgia, the state they happen to be in. Because of her embarrassment, her "feet jumped...
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