#Caturday – De Cat Bastet

I love, love, love Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody mysteries! I love all the characters, especially the ones in the earlier books. My favorites are her son, “Ramses” and her first cat, Bastet.

Amelia Peabody and her husband, Radcliffe Emerson are Victorian Egyptologists, who met in the first book of the series, CROCODILE ON THE SANDBANK. My favorite book is probably THE MUMMY CASE, when Ramses, as an improbably precocious child, gets to come along and becomes inseparable from Bastet, whom everybody else generally calls “the cat Bastet” and Ramses calls, in one of his few babyisms, de cat Bastet.

Bastet from Wikipedia

The cat, of course, is named after Bastet, the Egyptian


cat-headed god of protection against infectious diseases and evil spirits. I’m all for that.

De cat Bastet was protection against anybody who wanted to hurt Peabody, Emerson, or, especially, Ramses.

This picture is from the Wikipedia entry on de goddess Bastet. I think she looks like my Katya, don’t you?

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character is surprised to bond strongly with an animal.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “#Caturday – De Cat Bastet

  1. Stacey

    January 16, 2013 at 10:30pm

    Oh, Marian! Such cute cats! I wish I have one like them, they look so adorable. Wishing good health for them and for you. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Kelly

    January 18, 2013 at 1:15am

    I love cats and actually prefer to have them than dogs. Thanks for this new piece of information for me. I will surely be remembering about De Cat Bastet everytime I will see our cat.

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  3. Vianney

    January 21, 2013 at 3:40am

    I am such a cat-person. I love how they look and I fancy giving them names! Thanks or sharing cuteness all over your post! 🙂

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      Marian Allen

      January 21, 2013 at 8:34am

      Thanks, Vianney. We love giving cats nick-names, and so do our daughters. My husband is the one who calls Katya “Graymalkin”. Our youngest daughter calls her “Screamy Face” because the cat protests being touched even while she’s purring and rubbing against you!

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