Year 196x.

Middle Manager: Why, if it isn’t the “boss”! What can I do for you, little lady?

Ann: You can read some of the entries in this book to my associate here. One at a time. And let him look at the pictures.

Middle Manager: Well, all right . . . “Leopards are the smallest of the big cats that roar. They have a wide range in Africa and tropical Asia. Most have fur with a beautiful rosette pattern.”

Ann’s Being: Success! It is quite a nice pattern.

. . . ??

Ann: He’s a Being, my good man. The list of known Beings includes a Dog and a Wolf — even though these are not distinct species. I called up the Master of the Dog. She reported her Being was unable to turn into a wolf form. If my Being’s limits aren’t biological, I intend to find out what they are.

Ann’s Being: I can do this lynx! Not sure why I couldn’t do the Canadian one.

I can’t manage a lion. Would you accept a very fluffy panther?

The tiger is a success. And, Boss, now I match your hair!