Authors and their pet names. What is the name of you pet? When I was in my early 20s, I had a cat named Hamlet who I subsequently found out was Ophelia. Now we have a dog named Mitsou (yes, like the French Canadian pop star from the 90s).
I suppose there’s no reason Thomas Hardy would name his cat Kiddleywinkempoops, except maybe to shame him. Mercifully, he also had a nickname: Trot. “But perhaps,” one writer muses, “that was because he was a bit mean. It would save on the cost of the inscription on the cat’s gravestone. Hardy had his own pets’ cemetery that he made at Max Gate, his house in Dorset.”