He is different from the rest by the qualities holy man. In T.S Eliot's poem, Mcavity the mystery cat of villanious character is described. Macavity commits crime yet no one is able to catch him because Macavity’s not there. He himself commits all the crimes. The lines 1, 2 and 5 are of three feet and lines 3 and 4 are of two feet following the rhyme scheme aabba. Your email address will not be published. Providence has not fitted me for that sort of game. assure you chestnuts would have a fine time.”. because he is always hiding. These are the mysterious ways A fakir is a saint who lives with the help of alms and has the power of Why is it said that there is no one like Macavity? Ans. Who does the Secret Service suspect when a loss is reported? Macavity is a tall and thin individual who is always upto some crime. Explanation : The poet calls Macavity the “hidden Paw”- here. Thus, he breaks the nature’s law of gravitation. b. Where can you encounter Macavity? Read the poem and answer the following in a short paragraph of 8 to 10 sentences each. iii. 2. a. trellis. In fact Macavity is always alert. i. His head is dome - like round in shape. It’s very easy to recognise him. What alibis did Macavity have that What do his lined brow and his high domed forehead show? Even the Scotland Yard, the London (c), eyes. But it’s What makes the fakir stare in wonder? His eyebrows are deeply lined with thought. cunning nature. -  Simile, b. The cat is described like a devil in the shape He commits several crimes, but when the police reach the spot of Describe the appearance and qualities of Macavity. You will find him swaying his head from side to side just as a snake does. vi. He is a mile away. e.g. dog. His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare. Levitation means Floating in air. He is very tall and thin. Macavity breaks the human law and the law of Look at the Moon by Eliza Lee Cabot Follen, Innocent Child And Snow-White Flower by William Cullen Bryant, My Struggle for an Education by Booker T. Washington, Aristotle’s Views on Happiness, Virtue, and the Ideal Man, Difference between Tragedy and Epic according to Aristotle, 50+ Proverbs in English with Meanings and Example Sentences, 60+ Examples of Collective Nouns in Sentences, What is a Noun? Limerick is a light, humorous verse form of five lines. He takes away a Treaty from the Foreign office or some plans from the The fakirs are supposed to have some magical powers but even they stare upon Macavity. a. (Book back answers and solution for Exercise questions). All the notorious cats are nothing but the (p). Macavity is called “Mystery Cat” and “Hidden Paw”. Explain the comparison made here. cats. Macavity has two alibis. He breaks the law of gravity as he is quicker and faster than the wind. His eyes are deep set in his face. Rhyming scheme is aa, bb, aa, bb and rhyming words are Paw, Law, despair, there, Macavity, gravity. The cats lined brow shows that he is deep in thought. So he is referred to as the Napolean of contented himself with mice and rats. reported. thoughtful mood — planning more and more mischief. b. when a crime occurred Mungojerrie and Griddlebone will prove that macavity was elsewhere What seems to be a challenge for the Scotland Yard? These are the crimes committed by Macavity. The tone of Macavity the Mystery Cat is mysterious and humorous. Why does Macavity refer to be the Napolean of Crime? A. Can Macavity be ever accused of having committed a crime? They are also mischievous eats. be to steal them they thought: doubly desirable, for it would not only be joy The names of Macavity’s alibi are also funny: Mungojerrie and Griddlebone. Macavity, Macavity, there’s no one like Macavity. for those crimes. Macavity’s Character His coat is untidy and his whiskers are uncombed. There is fun and at the same time mysterious things happening. vi. It acts as master Read it out to your class. They need his footprints in order to arrest He is the master criminal. His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare. When the police reach the spot of crime, Macavity is not there — he is a mile anywhere. Hence he is called Hidden Paw. He sways his head from side to side, with movements like a snake. Macavity is called a ginger cat because he’s very tall and thin. His coat is dusty with neglect. There may be a scrap of paper in the hall or on the stair. What is Macavity expected to be doing after committing a crime? and alert. But Macavity defeats even the fakir in the act of floating It refers to a person who is used unwittingly by another person Macavity indulges in destructive mischief. Which two characters does the poet refer to as examples of wicked cats? for the stroke, and then adroitly whipped out first one, then two, then three . the square. when the crime took place. Macavity has broken not only human laws but even the laws of nature. Ratter delicately stirred Flying squad is unable to catch the cat, Macavity, Macavity, there’s no one like Macavity. All the notorious cats are nothing but the (p) agents of Macavity, the Napoleon of Crime. Ans. iv. tougher when you know you have back up. Why is the coat dusty and his whiskers uncombed? However, the squad is always disappointed. What seems to be a challenge for the Scotland Yard? ii. written by T.S.Eliot. Macavity is a (j) devil in the guise of a cat. the cinders with his paw, stretched out his claws two or three times to prepare One among them is the Limerick. Commment : The poet expresses the thoughtfulness and It is his judgement. Read the following questions and share your views with the class. The flying squad rushes to the spot of crime Macavity’s eyes are sunken, because his head is highly steals the jewel case. Why not? The poet is sure that there has been no creature like Macavity. How did the fakir look at the levitation of the cat? thin. Comment : Thus the poet makes the cat an interesting If it had, I He drinks milk secretly and tears the Peke toy dog. Macavity is the symbol of a super-minded criminal, a spy, a trickster all rolled in one. You may listen to them again, if required. Explanation : Levitation means rising up and floating in Copyright © 2018-2021 BrainKart.com; All Rights Reserved. ‘Macavity – The Mystery Cat’ is a humorous poem, where the poet T.S. Based on your understanding of the poem, answer the following questions in a sentence or two. He’s the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad’s despair: Those who look after him find him neither in the basement (i.e., under the earth), nor in the air (i.e., sky). Thus The cat had no chestnuts but with burnt paw. Write out the words of alliteration. Comment : Thus the poet explains the Cleverness of Macavity is escaping. It was impossible to intimidate them. Explain how Macavity contradicts the phrase ‘cat’s paw’. He is always a mile away from the scene of crime, happily relaxing or doing difficult (n), every time he plots a crime. ‘When the mouse laughs at the cat, there is a hole nearby.’ Explain the meaning of this statement to your friends. If anything His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare. vii. in wonder. In another stanza the poet says - “he is a mile away”. made it impossible to catch him? How did the fakir look at the levitation of the cat? Ans. He is not there on the spot of crime. cunning nature of Macavity.