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Mrs. Macatta is a Member of Parliament (MP) in the original short story "The Incredible Theft". She is a guest at the house party thrown by Charles Mayfield during which some plans of a new bomber aircraft are stolen. However Mrs Macatta was ruled out as a plausible suspect because during the time of the theft, she was in bed. Her room is next to the housekeeper's and she could be heard snoring.

Mrs Macatta is described as a woman of "somewhat alarming prospect" and "great earnestness of purpose". She is an authority on Housing and Infant Welfare and talks shop whenever she can find an opportunity.

Mrs Macatta is mentioned earlier in the novel The Seven Dials Mystery. The descriptions given show that the same person is being referred to. Marcia Brent, Marchioness of Caterham says, for example, that "the work Mrs Macatta is doing is of truly national importance, and of the utmost value to all women. It is, I think I may say, true womanly work...." Here Mrs Macatta is a guest at the house party at Wyvern Abbey. The main protagonist Eileen "Bundle" Brent does not look forward to meeting her and having to engage her in polite conversation. However in the end Mrs Macatta does not turn up because her children has mumps.

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