English, Department of



Kathleen Adams

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The George Eliot Review 37 (2006) Published by The George Eliot Fellowship, http://georgeeliot.org/


The George Eliot Review 2019 (37)


Because George Eliot is buried in London's Highgate Cemetery the Fellowship is a member of the Friends of Highgate Cemetery who care for this vast burial area. We receive a regular newsletter from the Friends which recently reported that Domino, the cemetery cat, liked to accompany visitors. On one occasion some time ago Domino accompanied a party to the huge Karl Marx memorial in the Western Cemetery. One of the party expressed a wish to see the grave of George Eliot if it was not too far away. Domino turned and led them straight to the grave which is very close to Karl Marx.

Some time later the Friends newsletter reported that Domino was not at all well and an appointment had been made for a visit to the vet. On the day Domino was nowhere to be found so someone phoned the vet with an apology and made a second appointment. On that day Domino was missing again. An embarrassing phone call was made to the vet, apologizing again for the absence of Domino. The vet assured the caller not to worry; Domino himself had kept the appointment, walking to the vet's practice over busy roads. We are assured that both stories are quite true.