In Cold Blood

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During his stint in the Garden City county jail, Perry Smith notices two gray cats prowling around the town square. The cats come out every night and pick dead birds from the grilles of automobiles. Perry realizes that his life is a lot like theirs, given that he lives on the outskirts of society and picks at whatever scraps he can find. The two cats could be seen as being analogous to Dick Hickok and Perry.
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Two Gray Cats Symbol Timeline in In Cold Blood

The timeline below shows where the symbol Two Gray Cats appears in In Cold Blood. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 3: Answer
Dreams Failed, Dreams Achieved Theme Icon
Normal vs. Abnormal Theme Icon
Two gray tomcats wander the streets of Garden City, picking dead birds from the grilles of automobiles. Nearby,... (full context)
Part 4: The Corner
Dreams Failed, Dreams Achieved Theme Icon
Christianity Theme Icon
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Perry watches the two gray cats from his window and realizes that his life has been a lot like theirs. He... (full context)