Saturday, 23 September, 2017

Hemingway's Cats Rode Out Hurricane Irma In A Limestone Fortress

As Irma heads toward Key West, Mariel Hemingway tries to save Papa's cats Hemingway house staff refuse to leave cats behind
Nicole Thomas | 12 September, 2017, 03:53

"The cats seemed to be more aware sooner of the storm coming in and in fact when started to round up the cats to take them inside, some of them actually ran inside knowing it was time to take shelter".

People from all over the world travel to visit the Key West home where Ernest Hemingway wrote a number of his best-known works, including the novel "To Have and Have Not" and the short-story classics "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" and "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber".

Ahead of the storm, some were anxious about the fate of Hemingway's house and those (cats) who live there.

"We were well prepared and very blessed", Gonzales told Reuters by telephone. "[The home is] a very comfortable place for the cats, very comfortable place for our employees".

Their fate as Irma approached was the subject of much angst among their many fans.

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The museum's staff made headlines after announcing that they wouldn't heed orders to evacuate the Keys, thought to be particularly vulnerable to Irma's wind and rain.

But before the storm hit, Gonzalez and other employees rounded up the cats to ensure their safety.

On Friday, after Mass at the Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic church in Key West, Father John Baker blessed the house, the Hemingway Home staff and the cats.

"This is frightening. This hurricane is a big deal", she said, adding, "I think you're wonderful and an admirable person for trying to stay there and to try to save the cats and the house". "This is an 18-inch block-limestone building that has been here since 1851 and is still standing", Gonzales said of the Spanish Colonial style home. The museum itself, however, lost access to water and the internet and is relying on three generators to power appliances like the refrigerator, Gonzales told NBC. "Get in the auto with the cats and take off", Mariel Hemingway, daughter of the A Farewell to Arms writer, advised.

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