Are cats naturals at checking out another's property?
Friendships answer as much to amicable competitions as to supportive interactions among congenial acquaintances. The difference between friendly and non-friendly rivalries generally becomes clear through:
• body language;
• conversation topics; and
• social calendars.
Readers therefore consider the interactions of Chester the cat with Country Mouse the assistant and Mélanie Watt the author/illustrator as inclining less toward bitter hostilities and more toward amiable rivalries.
A deep truth in acquaintances and friendships nevertheless demands commitments to:
• honesty in action, emotion, and speech; and
• respect for personal idiosyncracy and private property.
A problem therefore emerges when Chester questions the inputs from assistant and author. Chester consequently finds the need to take into his hands more than his signature red marking pen.