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Does anyone know a figurative meaning for "Le chat bleu" -- ("the blue cat " in French)? It was used in a comic strip in today's newspaper, and I googled around quite a bit and couldn't find anything. It seems as though it might mean "hangover," or "depression," or something like that.
Context; A man (whose wife is dying of cancer) goes to the kitchen during the night and pours himself a drink, presumably alcoholic. Someone, out of sight, says "So, skipping right past the hot chocolate these days?" In the next frame we see that the speaker is a cat, who then says, "Nothing for le chat bleu?"
I am totally mystified. This is usually a pretty straightforward comic strip.
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Hi,

What was the strip called? They often have a 'tone'.

Clive
A reference to the CD by Mink DeVille, perhaps?
You might take a look at the lyrics to the songs on that album. -- if they're available on-line, that is.
There might be a clue there.

CJ
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The strip is "Funky Winkerbean." It's not usually very obscure.

Thanks for the clue, Jim -- it's the title of a CD but not, apparently, of any particular song. Well, that's more than I knew before. I guess I can try looking at all the songs on the album one by one, if I can find lyrics. Or maybe I'll just go eat some chocolate .
Did somebody say chocolate?

I'm outta here.

TTYL

CJ
I sent an e-mail to the comic strip's home page. I'll let you know if I get an answer. (I finished off some Ghirardelli 60% cocoa chocolate chips -- they are the best! What's your favorite, Jim?)
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Well, today's strip started out with the character saying "Le Chat Bleu -- just my imagination's wicked way of personifying depression..." Well, that was annoying. I don't expect comic strips to be beyond my vocabulary, and it's not fair for them to throw in their own personal definitions!
No favorite, but Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chips are good. I snack on those mixed with walnut pieces. -- I call it Chocolate Chip Cookies without the cookies. Emotion: smile

CJ
I suppose it might be related to the "black dog" (depression).

Was the cat Siamese?

MrP
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