Excerpt from A Cat, A Man, and Two Women by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki.
Before, Shinako had also disliked Lily for her self-centredness, for changing her attitude depending on whom she was dealing with – in short, for being two-faced. But all of that was due to her own lack of love. Cats have a wisdom of their own – they understand at once how someone feels about them. Lily’s behaviour proved it: as soon as Shinako changed her attitude and began to feel real affection for her, the cat came right back and behaved in the most friendly way possible. Hadn’t Lily in fact sensed the change in Shinako’s feelings more quickly than she herself had?
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