Oh, what a terrible sinister game, The hunter did play, To give them the hope That they could get away. When biding his time, He did wait down the line, To bring a disaster On their youthful dreams of escape.
Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, 1753–1806). A Woman and a Cat, ca. 1793–94. Edo period (1615–1868), Japan. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (JP1672)