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The Chromatic Ghosts of Thomas

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Published: 1907
Language: English
Wordcount: 3,609 / 10 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 61.8
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,290
Added to site: 2010.01.15 26328

A feline ghost story.

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then this red ghost and the green ghost amalgamated into one brown one.

Thus it continued, a new yellow cat ghost materializing on the sixth night, only to mingle with a new red one on the seventh night, making a lovely orange-colored one; while on the eighth night a most peculiar cat ghost appeared that was what might be called a tortoise-shell cat ghost of all hues. We went to our room on the ninth night with considerable anxiety, not knowing what the last ghost of Thomas would be like; but we found that all the ghosts had combined to form one single ghost of spotless purity -- a white iridescent ghost with a white iridescent grin that faded away into the air and disappeared entirely.

Perhaps truth is stranger than fiction. Perhaps you may consider this blending of the ghosts stranger than the congregating of nine prismatic cat ghosts would have been. I can only say it is more logical.

For several days after Thomas for the last time left us so abruptly -- cut down for the ninth time in

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.7 from 3 reviews: ****

A story of a cat losing it’s 9 lives. Not one of the author's better works. Only mildly entertaining and the joke at the end was mediocre at best.

Leah A. Zeldes

The sweet, sad and highly colored story of Thomas, a sensitive and suicidal cat, by the author of "Pigs is Pigs."

Henry L. Ratliff

(1907) Humor / Ghost

Plot bullets

  • Thomas? A a cat.

  • A very sensitive cat.

  • If neglected, he might do anything; including suicide.

  • Is that the end?

  • Or, is this just life one of nine?



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