. . . poet, essayist, teacher, editor, fiddle player, singer, gardener, cook, house painter, humanist, and maker of mistakes . . .
"How they got a cat up there I do not know, for they are as shy as my aunt about entering a canoe."
I assume the second "they" refers to cats?
Ambiguous, ain't it? Depends on how you picture the story, I think. The first time I read it the second "they" as "cats." The second time I didn't.
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