| Quote #4
The whole house was blazing. It was with great difficulty that my wife, a servant, and myself, made our escape from the conflagration. (10)
Now we know they had servants. More importantly, we know that all the pets have died. After years of abuse, they finally escape their awful "home," tortured by the flames. This also marks the end of this horrible phase of the family's life. Now they can move on to an even worse one.
| Quote #5
When it reached the house it domesticated itself at once, and became immediately a great favourite with my wife. (16)
It's a second black cat, unless you believe it's some supernatural extension of Pluto. We picked this quote because it has the word "domesticated" in it, which speaks directly to the theme of home. If someone or something is domesticated, they have become content living in the domestic sphere. Unlike the cat, the man can't seem to domesticate himself.
| Quote #6
One day she accompanied me, upon some household errand, into the cellar of the old building which our poverty compelled us to inhabit. (23)
This is how we know the other house was probably fancy. After the hanging of Pluto everything goes down hill. We know that going to the cellar can't be good. Not in a story like this.