The cat waits for the rabbit, who is hiding in a pile of snow. The cat is waiting in a rocky, wooded area surrounded by snowy trees and a frozen lake leading to his master's house. The cat considers climbing the rock, but thinks he will fall (indirect characterization).
The cat knows he will catch the rabbit because her feet can't climb the rock to get away from him. And he is right - after the cat waits for several hours, the rabbit runs out of the cave and is caught and killed by the cat. The cat starts to bring the rabbit home for his master.
The cat reaches his master's house by going acoss the frozen river. The cat takes his normal way up - going up the snowy tree into his master's bedroom. This is made harder because he is carrying his rabbit, but the cat is strong (characterization) but he manages and goes into his master's bedroom.
His master isn't there, but the Cat already knew that. His master had gone to the village for the winter, because the winter crushed his lungs like a panther (simile).
The cat starts to eat the rabbit, but then he hears knocking on the door. He looks out the window.
The cat realizes he doesn't know if the stranger is a friend or a foe so he hides under the bed with his rabbit. The stranger breaks the lock and comes into the room. He is blue (denotation) from the cold.