Meitei, the scholar of aesthetics, once remarked to the master that he never knew what to make of him. Meitei's point was apropos. And this rice cake was just like the master, nebulous and defying description. Bite as I might, the situation, as when ten is divided in thirds, went on and on with no termination. In the midst of my agony, I unwittingly stumbled on a second truth. "All living creatures instinctively know a good thing from a bad thing." I now had two truths but was firmly, still, in the grips of the rice cake. My discoveries brought me no cheer. My teeth ached, as though the rice cake were wrenching them loose. I had to bite through and flee before Osan came. The children had stopped singing. No doubt they'd come running to the kitchen. At the height of agony, I shook my tail for all I was worth. It did me no good. I raised and lowered my ears. Again no good. On further thought, what did my ears and tail have to do with the rice cake? Long story short, it dawned on me that my tail shaking and ear perking were all for nought, so I stopped. The only way out, I decided, was to draw on my front paws to brush the rice cake aside. I started with the right paw, rubbing it round my mouth. This rubbing proved woefully inadequate. Next, I extended my left paw and moved it round my mouth in a sharp circle. Against these incantations, the demon yielded not. Placing my faith in persistence, I went at it with both paws, left then right, left then right. My teeth remained as they were, suspended in the rice cake. In a fine fix, I went with both paws at once. Curiously, for the first time, I stood on two feet. I could do it. I felt like I wasn't a cat. Cat or not, though, was hardly the issue at hand. Determined to loose the demon, I pulled at my face with fierce abandon. This intense motion of my front paws was enough to upset my balance. Each time I lost my balance, my hind feet moved to compensate. It was impossible to stay in one place, and around the kitchen I pranced. My dexterity in keeping my feet was something, if I do say so myself.