Six Toes

by Sherry Riter in Motivation

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
~Ernest Hemingway~

Look at the number of books Ernest Hemingway authored and the things that have been done with them!!!

I think he lived his quote:

“Man is not made for defeat.”
~Ernest Hemingway~


(1926) The Torrents of Spring
(1926) The Sun Also Rises
(1929) A Farewell to Arms
(1937) To Have and Have Not
(1940) For Whom the Bell Tolls
(1950) Across the River and Into the Trees
(1952) The Old Man and the Sea
(1970) Islands in the Stream
(1986) The Garden of Eden
(1999) True at First Light


(1923) Three Stories and Ten Poems
(1925) In Our Time
(1927) Men Without Women
(1933) Winner Take Nothing
(1936) The Snows of Kilimanjaro
(1938) The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories
(1969) The Fifth Column and Four Stories of the Spanish Civil War
(1972) The Nick Adams Stories
(1987) The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway
(1995) Everyman’s Library: The Collected Stories


(1932) Death in the Afternoon
(1935) Green Hills of Africa
(1962) Hemingway, The Wild Years
(1964) A Moveable Feast
(1967) By-Line: Ernest Hemingway
(1970) Ernest Hemingway: Cub Reporter
(1981) Ernest Hemingway Selected Letters
(1985) The Dangerous Summer
(1985) Dateline: Toronto
(1999) Hemingway on Writing
(2000) Hemingway on Fishing
(2003) Hemingway on Hunting
(2003) Hemingway on War
(2005) Under Kilimanjaro
(2008) Hemingway on Paris

Stage Plays

(1961) A Short Happy Life
(1967) The Hemingway Hero (working title was: Of Love and Death)


Television productions

(1958) Scouting on Two Continents, by Frederick Russell Burnham (not completed)
(1959) For Whom the Bell Tolls
(1959) The Killers (CBS Buick Electra Playhouse)
(1960) The Fifth Column
(1960) The Snows of Kilimanjaro
(1960) The Gambler, The Nun and the Radio
(1960) After the Storm (not completed)

U.S./UK Film Adaptations

(1932) A Farewell to Arms (starring Gary Cooper)
(1943) For Whom the Bell Tolls (Gary Cooper/Ingrid Bergman)
(1944) To Have and Have Not (Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall)
(1946) The Killers (starring Burt Lancaster)
(1947) The Macomber Affair
(1950) The Breaking Point
(1952) The Snows of Kilimanjaro (starring Gregory Peck)
(1957) A Farewell to Arms (starring Rock Hudson)
(1957) The Sun Also Rises (starring Tyrone Power)
(1958) The Old Man and the Sea (starring Spencer Tracy)
(1962) Hemingway’s Adventures of a Young Man
(1964) The Killers (starring Lee Marvin)
(1965) For Whom the Bell Tolls
(1977) Islands in the Stream (starring George C. Scott)
(1984) The Sun Also Rises
(1990) The Old Man and the Sea (starring Anthony Quinn)
(1996) In Love and War (starring Chris O’Donnell)
(1999) The Old Man and the Sea
Source: Wikipedia

Are you impressed?

“I learned never to empty the well of my writing,
but always to stop when there was still something there
in the deep part of the well,
and let it refill at night
from the springs that fed it.”

~Ernest Hemingway~

What did he think about writing?

“There is nothing to writing.
All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

~Ernest Hemingway~

By now you might be thinking, “Did he have six toes like the title implies?” No. Normal cats have four toes and one dewclaw (thumb) on each front paw and four toes on each hind paw. Polydactyl cats may have as many as seven digits on front and/or hind paws. Polydactyl is most commonly found on the front paws only.

Ernest Hemingway was first given a six-toed cat by a ship’s captain and was a lover of polydactyls. When Hemingway died in 1961, his former home in Key West, Florida, became a museum and a home for his cats. It currently houses approximately fifty descendants of his cats (about half of which are polydactyl). Because of his love for these animals, Hemingway cat, or simply Hemingway, is a slang term which has come to describe polydactyls.

Click to see The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

Click to see the Live CAM Feed of Ernest Hemingway Home and Cats


That was so interesting!

Ernest Hemingway put my feelings most adequately into words when he wrote:

“My aim is to put down on paper what I see
and what I feel in the best and simplest way.”

Thank you Ernest Hemingway.

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sarah Brown July 29, 2009 at 4:39 am

What a great much to see and read. Thanks for coming by and becoming a follower..I returned the favor! Hope you have a great day!


2 Melissa Miller July 29, 2009 at 4:45 am

Well look at that! I just loved this post since I adore cats and all animals. Thanks for the interesting info. I'm off to check out my cats paws….LOL! 🙂


3 Opus #6 July 29, 2009 at 5:05 am

That is really inspirational.

Hey, how did you know I have a "thing" for kitty paws. I love the velvety soft fur. And who can resist a kitty with 6 tootsies. Sweet things.


4 Lee July 29, 2009 at 5:25 am

That was such a cool post! I love the way you think!


5 Collette@Jesuslovesmums July 29, 2009 at 5:46 am

what a great post! I didn't realise the extent of his work! Those cat pics are sooo cute.

Collette xx


6 Laila Of Course! July 29, 2009 at 9:32 am

Oh! This is such a wonderful post!! 🙂 Love it.

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7 Oh Sew Good July 29, 2009 at 9:59 am

One really does learn something new every day and your blog today is proof of that. I did not know all those things. I am going to show this to my dd today.


8 Tammy Howard July 29, 2009 at 10:43 am

Well, I've learned something new. Now I can go back to bed.


9 histreasure July 29, 2009 at 11:09 am

thanks so much for stopping by my blog..i was entranced immediately i visited you the first time..'course, i immediately followed your blog..there's so much to see and learn -like today, i must confess, i never realised the extent of Hemingway's work…
not to mention ur disposition -sooo friendly..


10 Laila Of Course! July 29, 2009 at 11:37 am

Thanks for posting a note! 🙂 Are you entering the contest?


11 Kimi July 29, 2009 at 1:52 pm

I love Hemingway. I'd love to visit his home in the Keys. Maybe one day when I'm rich and famous, lol.


12 Carol July 29, 2009 at 1:57 pm

I never know what I am going to find in your world, but I love it.


13 Scrappy Girl July 29, 2009 at 2:01 pm

I loved this post…so interesting! I can tell you really love to write and you do it very well.

BTW…I am rereading that post today…today HAS to be BETTER!


14 yonca July 29, 2009 at 2:49 pm

Thanks for this post. It is great to learn something new.


15 Donna Gotlib July 29, 2009 at 4:20 pm

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16 J.J. July 29, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Love the photos to help with the visual 🙂 I dig Hemingway. Cool that the kitties are decendants!


17 Jen July 29, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Wow, that is impressive.


18 Mariah July 29, 2009 at 7:22 pm

Impressive indeed. Love the quotes


19 Amy July 29, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Wow a nice learning lesson for me. Thanks for sharing. Love the cats..


20 carma July 29, 2009 at 8:15 pm

very interesting. Did not know this!


21 Kelly July 29, 2009 at 11:25 pm

I love the quote about what he thought of writing. So much talent- evident by his ability to make it look so easy!


22 PictureGirl July 30, 2009 at 2:48 am

I AM impressed!

I've seen a program on tv about his home and his cats.

I love cats and I'd really like to find a six toed one.

Like this post.


23 Jen July 30, 2009 at 2:54 am

Wow Ernest Hemingway was a busy man!! Very interesting!

Thanks for the comment on my blog and my blogoversary present!!



24 Kelly's Ideas July 30, 2009 at 2:57 am

I have never read of his books.. am I nuts? Love love the toes…



25 Kristen Andrews July 30, 2009 at 3:04 am

love those kitty pictures, so cute!


26 Mama Mel July 30, 2009 at 4:47 am

Wow! I had heard there were cats who had more toes, but I didn't know they called them Hemingway cats. How cool! 🙂 My cats are normal, boring cats… 😉

Thanks for stopping by my blog and entering my first giveaway! Have a great day! 🙂


27 AudreyO July 30, 2009 at 12:51 pm

I love to read. What an awesome quote about a good book and friendship. I love it.


28 Serendipity is Sweet July 30, 2009 at 6:47 pm

Those sure are some cool cats!
Great post 😀


29 Drama queens mum (Kimberly) July 31, 2009 at 11:30 pm

That's really cool. I'm a total cat lover.


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