‘Almost the only thing that everyone knew about him was the famous, and perhaps apocryphal, story of how he used to go for walks in the parks of Paris taking a live lobster with him on a leash’ (Richard Holmes on Gérard de Nerval)
A live lobster on a leash? How very tame. Eccentricity at its most conservative. Pyetr Turgidovsky used to wander around St. Petersburg with a dead lobster on a chain.
More on writers, animals and leashes later.