In Breakfast at Tiffany's the ginger tabby cat has a symbolic role

They don't make movies like they used to. This is so much better. And what a cat! A ginger tabby who played the part heroically getting soaking wet. Not many domestic cats would have been able to do it.

In the clip Hepburn's character, Holly Golightly, hasn't even given her cat a name. She calls him 'Cat'. He has to be male as nearly all ginger tabbies are. I think not naming her cat was meant to portray her at that time as being cold-hearted, grasping and insular which she was. It was symbolic and the ginger cat plays a symbolic role again it seems to me. 

She dumps him in the rain after she's taken a lecture on her behaviour. She returns to find him in the pouring rain and instantly loves him. She can express her love and her cat is the first recipient.

It is the first stage, a stepping stone, in her accepting a close relationship with, and loving, the male lead in the film played by George Peppard. Her guard has dropped and she becomes a sensitive, feeling person.

And there is 'Cat' in-between them being squashed when they embrace, a part of the new family. And he tolerates it perfectly. A great domestic cat actor. I would expect this cat to have a great character in real life.

The film is built around her massive charm. It is just huge.

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The Novella

Breakfast at Tiffany's is a novella by Truman Capote published in 1958. The story is narrated by a writer named Fred, who becomes friends with his eccentric neighbor, Holly Golightly, a young woman who is a socialite and aspiring actress. Holly is charming and charismatic, but also flighty and unreliable. She is also involved with a Brazilian businessman, José da Silva Pereira, and is supported financially by a wealthy older man named Doc Golightly.

As Fred gets to know Holly, he becomes attracted to her and begins to have feelings for her. However, Holly is not interested in a serious relationship and is focused on finding a rich man to marry. Despite this, Fred and Holly continue their friendship and have several adventures together, including attending parties and visiting Tiffany's jewelry store.

In the end, Holly decides to leave New York and travel to Brazil with José, leaving Fred behind. The novella ends with Fred reflecting on his memories of Holly and the impact she had on his life.

The film

Breakfast at Tiffany's is a film released in 1961, based on the novella of the same name by Truman Capote. The film stars Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, a New York socialite and aspiring actress, and George Peppard as Paul Varjak, a writer who becomes Holly's neighbor and friend.

Like in the novella, Holly is supported financially by a wealthy older man, but in the film this role is played by Buddy Ebsen. Holly is also involved with a Brazilian businessman, José da Silva Pereira, played by José Luis de Villalonga.

As in the novella, Holly and Paul become friends and have several adventures together, including attending parties and visiting Tiffany's jewelry store. However, in the film, Paul and Holly also become romantically involved and fall in love. In the end, Holly decides to stay in New York with Paul instead of leaving with José, and the film ends with the couple happily together.

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