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From Talk:Macavity (character)[edit]

I think this article misses the point of the poem, that in fact Macavity does not commit any of the crimes attributed to him, and that this is why he's never there. At least, this was my reading of it...

that IS the point of the poem/song: a true criminal mastermind (such as Professor James Moriarty) would never be caught red-handed at the scene of a crime, and as such, Macavity's presence would remain unknown until it was too late to stop him --74.178.228.194 (talk) 21:51, 17 July 2009 (UTC)


As far as I've heard, Macavity kidnaps Demeter in all incarnations of Cats. Can anyone find otherwise? Is there some foreign production with a different kidnapee I don't know about? Claudia 08:50, 16 August 2005 (UTC)


I deleted this:

"(the author of the Sherlock Holmes stories) word for word. Moriarty, in turn, was based upon the real-life criminal mastermind, Adam Worth."

It's not wrong, but if Eliot was inspired (as seems the case) by Doyle, it makes no difference who Moriarty was based on, for Eliot wasn't drawing upon Worth. Leaving it in struck me as somebody trying to show how smart they were knowing that about Moriarty; want to know about him, go to Holmes or Moriarty. Trekphiler 17:24, 6 January 2006 (UTC) (PS: if I put that in to begin with, as I vaguely recall doing, I was stupid.)


I have a long personal history with the poem, and editted the page to clarify that the term "Peke" is a short form for Pekingnese dog, since it is not immediately apparent to most readers. Wondering why that clarification was deleted?

I've made it a link to Pekingese. --Townmouse 20:35, 23 March 2006 (UTC)

Thanks, that makes more sense.


I removed the bit about Macavity not being a Jellicle, as this boils down to the exact definition of a Jellicle (which is not the topic of the article). While many accept the Jellicles as being a specific tribe of cats, it is loosely implied in the Jellicle Ball that all cats are Jellicles through the range of descriptions. Also, while I have not confirmed this, it's been said that there is an unpublished poem of Eliot's which states that all cats are Jellicles. If this is the case, then Macavity, by being a cat, is obviously a Jellicle.

Regardless of which way it goes, the debate about the nature of Jellicles is better suited for the Jellicle article, and one way or another should not be represented here. --shadowcheets

Hey...[edit]

I've done a piece of English work in Year 4 relating to Macavity! --Das654 20:06, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

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Fair use rationale for Image:Mac the cat.jpg[edit]

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Yeah-- I went to look for his picture and-- ah -- he wasn't there. Chuck

From Talk:Macavity (cat)[edit]

I know that bus...[edit]

I know Talk pages are meant for improving articles rather than dicsussing their subjects, but just this once I really can't resist mentioning... I used to get that bus! :-)--Nick RTalk 17:01, 24 April 2007 (UTC)

Quote attributions[edit]

The quote in the article is a mixture of two quotes; the bus driver, and Paul Brennan, a passenger. Both are distinct in the referenced article at the Daily Mail. I'm currently experiencing wiki-anxiety, and don't know the best way to change the page. 77.103.231.158 (talk) 09:53, 16 February 2008 (UTC)

This is...[edit]

said to be merged with Macavity, the character from Cats. This is two totally different articles and in my belief shouldnd't be merged. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Warriormartin (talkcontribs) 01:03, 22 February 2008 (UTC)

On the one hand this story has nothing to do with the character from the musical "Cats". But on the other hand, the article Macavity (character) includes references to the use of the name in politics and the T S Eliot poem, the article is not purely about the musical so this article could well be incorporated. Belle pullman (talk) 16:01, 28 February 2008 (UTC)
I would NOT like to see this merged. This particular cat has acheived fame in his own right and should have his own article, stub class though it may be.LiPollis (talk) 19:21, 28 February 2008 (UTC)
If there needs to be a merger it should be an article on "Macavity" in general, with sections on the character of the musical, the real white cat and, of course, the poem. Otherwise, i.e. without a detailed description of the poem there is little to hold the existing articles together in one namespace. Aditya(talkcontribs) 04:03, 21 March 2008 (UTC)