In 1721, the French philosopher Montesquieu published the Persian Letters, an epistolary novel in which he satirized the government, society, and culture of France through the letters of Persian travelers and their correspondents at home. While the cat’s away, they say, the mice will play, and the travelers are away from their homes for six years, during which time those once-stable homes fall into chaos. It’s a remarkable novel that has nothing to do with Persian kittens, which are adorable, or cute kitten pictures, which captivate everyone. The only chaos these Persian kittens are involved in is distracting you from your work.
This Sir Lucifur Fluffypants, but you can call him — yes, him — Lucy. A cross between Persian cats and Siamese cats yielded the Himalayan, and Lucy seems like he would fit right in with Montesquieu’s 18th-century letter writers. Imperious, proud, and self-assured, Sir Lucifur Fluffypants may know that he may not technically own the place he calls home, but he’s certainly going to strut about like he does. You can follow Lucy’s adventures on Tumblr and Facebook.
In letter 83 of the Persian Letters, the letter writer says that the French seem to prize wit above all things, and that they can basically talk about anything at great length. He says he has met people who “are fortunate enough to be able to introduce into conversation inanimate things, and to make a long story about an embroidered coat, a white peruke, a snuffbox, a cane, a pair of gloves.” I find I do much the same thing, but about cute kitten pictures. Persian kittens are my favorites so far.
Look at this lovely Persian kitten. Persian kittens are not the most physically active specimens in the kitten kingdom, but when they do get out and about, they make a point of being utterly majestic! Persian kittens remind me of Will Smith in Men in Black. I can stand around outside, looking up at the sky, but the difference between me and a Persian kitten is that a Persian kitten makes this look good.
I selected this next Persian kitten picture because it reminds me of an 18th-century cameo, a small carved medallion engraved upon precious gems or shells. Cameo engravings didn’t really become fashionable again until the mid-1700s, well after Montesquieu’s time, but if anything deserves to be preserved for the ages, it’s pictures of Persian kittens.
Persian kittens do not do very well on their own. Do any of us? We all need company and companionship at some point, and Persian kittens are no different. In fact, they long to have others around. Wasabi, Mochi, and Miso are best friends, and they will entertain each other long into cathood. One can imagine a far-flung future where these three Persian kittens are wizened, reflective Persian cats, sitting around the fireplace, dining upon the very finest cat food, and regaling each other with tales of their luxuriant youth. May we all have such bosom friends in our dotage.
I try, as often as I can, to find the very best “real” or “authentic” kitten pictures that are out there so that you’ll clutch at your hearts, sigh like forlorn lovers in 18th-century romances, and generally go nuts. With Persian kittens, though, it felt like composed or staged photos really brought out their unique qualities. In letter 30 of Montesquieu’s novel, one of the Persian travelers recounts the fascination that the French had at seeing him. He overhears people asking each other in total disbelief, “How can one be a Persian?” I feel similarly about Persian kittens; they just look so perpetually uncomfortable, and yet so flipping cute at the same time. They are kittens, and they need to be loved, just like everybody else does.
From the start of letter 64 of the Persian Letters, the writer says he is in a “state of perplexity that is beyond my power to describe.” Since Persian kittens have such long hair, one must be careful to groom them frequently, lest they become perplexed by hairballs and badly matted fur. I cannot find the words to describe my reaction to this Persian kitten, who, at a very tender age indeed, is being introduced to a healthy grooming regimen.
We are nearing the end of this remarkable journey with Persian kittens. I’ve decided to call these next two cosmopolitan travelers Usbek and Rica, after the two principal letter writers in Montesquieu’s novel. Here we find them casually enjoying their travels on the continent. Rica, the younger Persian kitten, is pedaling the tricycle, whilst Usbek lounges under the parasol. They are discussing what they perceive to be the absurdities and excesses of 18-century French society.
The final missive in the Persian Letters is from Roxana, who declares her freedom, saying, “now we are both delighted.” With this munchkin Persian kitten, I bid you adieu. I feel certain that the transports of ecstasy we all feel at the sight of these Persian kittens will get us through the workday!
Are you enthralled by Persian kittens? Do you have a Persian cat? Share your stories and photos of Persian kittens in the comments! I know we’ll all delight to see and read about them!
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