Panther and Jaguar were far more than mere affectionate nicknames. They stood for the whole attitude towards life evolved by Rebecca and Wells, who continued to use these names as long as their love lasted. They emphasized the ruthless withdrawal from society that the relationship entailed, the fact that Rebecca and Wells were not part of the pack and did not acknowledge its law. Instead they were "carnivores" living apart in their hidden 'lair," going forth to "catch food," and meeting "at the trodden place in the jungle." Wells's other life at Little Easton Rectory became a mere "showcase for weekends," from which he escaped to be "loose in London."
--Gordon N. Ray, H.G. Wells and Rebecca West
Carnival of the Cats will be at Creatures of the Earth this Sunday.