The rats were devouring the house, but instead of examining the cat's teeth and the cat's claws, they only concerned themselves to find out if it was a holy cat, a pious cat, a moral cat...
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- by Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 - 1910), as Mark Twain, appears in Recollections of Joan of Arc [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Elizabeth Walton Vercoe (b. 1941), "The rats were devouring the house", 1986 [mezzo-soprano or soprano and piano], from the a play - incidental music Herstory III: Jehanne de Lorraine, no. 8, confirmed with composer's website [ sung text checked 1 time]
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- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website: 2019-02-16
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