Cat in the Rain

by

Ernest Hemingway

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An Italian woman who works in a hotel in Italy under the hotel-keeper. Her responsibilities include cleaning the room occupied by the American wife and her husband, George. Within the hierarchy of characters in the story, the maid is the most powerless (all of her actions, such as following the American wife outside with an umbrella, as well as bringing up a cat to her room, are directed by her boss, the hotel-keeper). However, she also seems to be quite bold and unafraid, laughing in the face of the American wife when she learns that she has gone out in the bad weather to look for a cat.

The Maid Quotes in Cat in the Rain

The Cat in the Rain quotes below are all either spoken by The Maid or refer to The Maid . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Longing and Disappointment Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scribner edition of Cat in the Rain published in 1998.
Cat in the Rain Quotes

With the maid holding the umbrella over her, she walked along the gravel path until she was under their window. The table was there, washed bright green in the rain, but the cat was gone. She was suddenly disappointed.

Related Characters: The American Wife, The Maid
Related Symbols: The Cat
Page Number: 130
Explanation and Analysis:

Ha perduto qualche cosa, Signora?”

“There was a cat,” said the American girl.

“A cat?”

Sì, il gatto.”

“A cat?” the maid laughed. “A cat in the rain?”

“Yes,” she said, “under the table.” Then, “Oh, I wanted it so much. I wanted a kitty.”

When she talked English the maid’s face tightened.

Related Characters: The American Wife (speaker), The Maid (speaker), The Maid
Related Symbols: The Cat
Page Number: 130
Explanation and Analysis:

In the doorway stood the maid. She held a big tortoise-shell cat pressed tight against her and swung down against her body.

“Excuse me,” she said, “the padrone asked me to bring this for the Signora.”

Related Characters: The Maid (speaker), The American Wife, George, The Hotel-keeper
Related Symbols: The Cat
Page Number: 131
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Maid Character Timeline in Cat in the Rain

The timeline below shows where the character The Maid appears in Cat in the Rain. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Cat in the Rain
Loneliness and Isolation  Theme Icon
Gender Roles and Femininity Theme Icon
...keep dry by staying under the eaves. Just then an umbrella opens behind her: the maid who looks after their room has stepped out, telling her that she must not get... (full context)
Longing and Disappointment Theme Icon
Loneliness and Isolation  Theme Icon
Tourism and War Theme Icon
The American wife ventures out towards the café with the maid holding the umbrella over her head. When she arrives under their hotel window, however, she... (full context)
Longing and Disappointment Theme Icon
Loneliness and Isolation  Theme Icon
Gender Roles and Femininity Theme Icon
The American wife and the maid go back along the gravel path and enter through the hotel door. The maid stays... (full context)
Longing and Disappointment Theme Icon
Gender Roles and Femininity Theme Icon
Tourism and War Theme Icon
Someone knocks on the door and George invites them to enter. The maid stands in the doorway, holding a large tortoise-shell cat in her hands. She politely states... (full context)