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And, pressing his handkerchief to his face, he left the room, with faltering footsteps. 'Mole,' he said,' 'you're the best of fellows! Add to Bookshelf. The Badger led them along by the river for a little way, and then suddenly swung himself over the edge into a hole in the river-bank, a little above the water. The following morning, Toad, who had overslept himself as usual, came down to breakfast disgracefully late, and found on the table a certain quantity of egg-shells, some fragments of cold and leathery toast, a coffee-pot three-fourths empty, and really very little else; which did not tend to improve his temper, considering that, after all, it was his own house. Chapter 1: The Riverbank Chapter 2: The Open Road Chapter 3: The Wild Wood Chapter 4: Mr. Badger Chapter 5: Dulce Domum Chapter 6: Mr. After this climax, the four animals continued to lead their lives, so rudely broken in upon by civil war, in great joy and contentment, undisturbed by further risings or invasions. Bang! he yelled. He was hauled out by his friends, rubbed down and wrung out hastily, comforted, and set on his legs; but the Badger was seriously angry, and told him that the very next time he made a fool of himself he would most certainly be left behind. The Toad was so anxious not to be left out that he took up the inferior position assigned to him without a murmur, and the animals set off. For in this entrancing, lyrical world of gurgling rivers and whispering reeds live four of the wisest, wittiest, noblest, and most lovable creatures in all literature--Rat, Mole, Badger, and Toad of Toad Hall. . ', 'Don't pretend to be stupider than you really are,' replied the Badger, crossly; 'and don't chuckle and splutter in your coffee while you're talking; it's not manners. His brow resting on his paw, he pondered long and deeply. ', The Badger looked at him very suspiciously, but Toad's frank, open countenance made it difficult to suggest any unworthy motive in this change of attitude. and led his squad off to the upper floor. The Wind in the Willows is a children's novel by Scottish novelist Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908. First, there was a belt to go round each animal, and then a sword to be stuck into each belt, and then a cutlass on the other side to balance it. UofT Libraries is getting a new library services platform in January 2021. . ', Then suddenly they heard, far away as it might be, and yet apparently nearly over their heads, a confused murmur of sound, as if people were shouting and cheering and stamping on the floor and hammering on tables. ', 'Of course not,' said the Rat. He quitted the room, accordingly, in the direction of the kitchen, and as soon as the door had closed behind him, Toad hurried to the writing-table. muttered Toad, grinding his teeth. ', 'Don't pretend to be stupider than you really are,' replied the Badger, crossly; 'and don't chuckle and splutter in your coffee while you're talking; it's not manners. I was slightly helped by the fact that I recognized “The Return of Ulysses” as a chapter title from The Wind in the Willows before I even looked at the puzzle! Speech! ', 'O, I know, I know,' said the Badger gloomily. The trumpeters are tooting and the soldiers are saluting, Lit2Go Edition. The Return of Ulysses After Toad Hall, the majestic residence of Mister Toad, is recovered from the weasels and stoats of the Wild Wood, who had captured the estate in a cowardly way, our friends get ready for a banquet.     There was chivvying of weasels that fainted on the floor, I want you to take those fellows on the floor there upstairs with you, and have some bedrooms cleaned out and tidied up and made really comfortable. He quitted the room, accordingly, in the direction of the kitchen, and as soon as the door had closed behind him, Toad hurried to the writing-table. BY TOAD said the Badger, his mouth full of chicken and trifle. At intervals he stole a glance at the Badger and the Rat, and always when he looked they were staring at each other with their mouths open; and this gave him the greatest satisfaction. A Mole!' I suspected something from what you told me, and had a look at one or two; they were simply disgraceful. Then, as he looked, it winked at him, and so declared itself to be an eye; and a small face … London : Puffin Books, 1994. isbn.     When the Toad—came—home! But we want you to understand clearly, once and for all, that there are going to be no speeches and no songs. It's expected of you—in fact, it's the rule. But he bustled about, and so did the Rat, and soon they found some guava jelly in a glass dish, and a cold chicken, a tongue that had hardly been touched, some trifle, and quite a lot of lobster salad; and in the pantry they came upon a basketful of French rolls and any quantity of cheese, butter, and celery. ', Then suddenly they heard, far away as it might be, and yet apparently nearly over their heads, a confused murmur of sound, as if people were shouting and cheering and stamping on the floor and hammering on tables. cried Toad, dismayed. Otter, who was standing on the hearthrug, describing to an admiring circle of friends exactly how he would have managed things had he been there, came forward with a shout, threw his arm round Toad's neck, and tried to take him round the room in triumphal progress; but Toad, in a mild way, was rather snubby to him, remarking gently, as he disengaged himself, 'Badger's was the mastermind; the Mole and the Water Rat bore the brunt of the fighting; I merely served in the ranks and did little or nothing.' You wish it done, and it shall be done. Hoisting each other up, they found themselves standing in the pantry, with only a door between them and the banqueting-hall, where their unconscious enemies were carousing. I've an idea that, thanks to you, we shan't have much trouble from them to-night!'. BY TOAD. The Wind In The Willows – Kenneth Grahame Page 5 of 143 This ebook provided free from https://www.freekidsbooks.org glittering and small for a glow-worm. And I'LL bear a hand, too; and take my share of the burden. After a time, he appeared again, smiling, and said that every room was ready, and as clean as a new pin. Toad saw that he was trapped. SYNOPSIS—Our Prison System—the Waterways of Old England—Horse-dealing, and how to deal—Property, its rights and its duties—Back to the Land—A Typical English Squire. 'No, not ONE little song,' replied the Rat firmly, though his heart bled as he noticed the trembling lip of the poor disappointed Toad. 'Now, there's just one more thing I want you to do, Mole, before you sit down to your supper along of us; and I wouldn't trouble you only I know I can trust you to see a thing done, and I wish I could say the same of every one I know. What is my pleasure or convenience compared with that of others! The noise, as they emerged from the passage, was simply deafening. The Wind in the Willows shows the appeal of either possibility but not which one to choose. and the four of them put their shoulders to the trap-door and heaved it back. 'Ooo-ray-ooray-oo-ray-ooray!' The text begins: When it began to grow dark, the Rat, with an air of excitement and mystery, summoned them back into the parlour, stood each of them up alongside of his little heap, and proceeded to dress them up for the coming expedition. What a squealing and a squeaking and a screeching filled the air! Then the Chief Weasel—for it was he—began in a high, squeaky voice—, 'Toad he went a-pleasuring ... All episodes of The Wind In the Willows Homepage. Then he heard the Rat call out warningly, 'COME on, Toad!' 'Only just let me get at him!' The Toad—came—home! When the other animals came back to luncheon, very boisterous and breezy after a morning on the river, the Mole, whose conscience had been pricking him, looked doubtfully at Toad, expecting to find him sulky or depressed. But Toad only shook his head gently, raised one paw in mild protest, and, by pressing delicacies on his guests, by topical small-talk, and by earnest inquiries after members of their families not yet old enough to appear at social functions, managed to convey to them that this dinner was being run on strictly conventional lines. But you know I do not live to please myself, but merely to find out what my friends want, and then try and arrange it for 'em, you dear old Badger! ', 'Excellent and deserving animal!' Alternately slow-moving and fast-paced, it focuses on four anthropomorphised animals in a pastoral version of Edwardian England. '—(great laughter)—'GOOD Toad, MODEST Toad, HONEST Toad!' The wind in the willows / by Kenneth Grahame ; illustrated by Robin Lawrie. and the four of them put their shoulders to the trap-door and heaved it back. COMPOSER. Kenneth Grahame, "The Return of Ulysses," The Wind in the Willows, Lit2Go Edition, (1908), accessed July 15, 2020, https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/105/the-wind-in-the-willows/1810/the-return-of … See that they sweep UNDER the beds, and put clean sheets and pillow-cases on, and turn down one corner of the bed-clothes, just as you know it ought to be done; and have a can of hot water, and clean towels, and fresh cakes of soap, put in each room. But when their infants were fractious and quite beyond control, they would quiet them by telling how, if they didn't hush them and not fret them, the terrible grey Badger would up and get them.     And the cannon they are shooting and the motor-cars are hooting, 'Anything to oblige. You see, we really ought to have a Banquet at once, to celebrate this affair. SYNOPSIS—Our Prison System—the Waterways of Old England—Horse-dealing, and how to deal—Property, its rights and its duties—Back to the Land—A Typical English Squire. ', 'What!' For more information, including classroom activities, readability data, and original sources, please visit https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/105/the-wind-in-the-willows/1810/the-return-of-ulysses/. ', 'O, all right!' I want you to take those fellows on the floor there upstairs with you, and have some bedrooms cleaned out and tidied up and made really comfortable. The others stood fast for a bit, but when the weasels came rushing out upon them they thought they were betrayed; and the stoats grappled with the weasels, and the weasels fought to get away, and they wrestled and wriggled and punched each other, and rolled over and over, till most of 'em rolled into the river! But the Rat only said, 'PLEASE, Badger. 'It's no good, Toady; you know well that your songs are all conceit and boasting and vanity; and your speeches are all self-praise and—and—well, and gross exaggeration and—and——'. Up and down, the whole length of the hall, strode the four Friends, whacking with their sticks at every head that showed itself; and in five minutes the room was cleared. 'Badger,' said the Rat, 'I feel like a brute; I wonder what YOU feel like? . This book has it all: excitement, sentiment, destruction of private property (plenty of that), paganism, and a happy ending. ', The goodnatured Mole picked up a stick, formed his prisoners up in a line on the floor, gave them the order 'Quick march!' 'Mayn't I sing them just one LITTLE song?' His brow resting on his paw, he pondered long and deeply. But he bustled about, and so did the Rat, and soon they found some guava jelly in a glass dish, and a cold chicken, a tongue that had hardly been touched, some trifle, and quite a lot of lobster salad; and in the pantry they came upon a basketful of French rolls and any quantity of cheese, butter, and celery. Then he dipped his hairbrush in the water-jug, parted his hair in the middle, and plastered it down very straight and sleek on each side of his face; and, unlocking the door, went quietly down the stairs to greet his guests, who he knew must be assembling in the drawing-room. Toad rather suspected what he was after, and did his best to get away; but when the Badger took him firmly by the other arm he began to see that the game was up. An alternative sketch presented to John Cleese when he commissioned Matthews to illustrate an iconic scene from this charming children's novel. (Composed by himself.) Toad rather suspected what he was after, and did his best to get away; but when the Badger took him firmly by the other arm he began to see that the game was up. Then they both stood in front of him, while Toad sat silent and regarded them with much suspicion and ill-humour. Or, sometimes, for a change, 'On the contrary!' Go, Badger, order the Banquet, order what you like; then join our young friends outside in their innocent mirth, oblivious of me and my cares and toils. Learn more about the change. It was cold, and dark, and damp, and low, and narrow, and poor Toad began to shiver, partly from dread of what might be before him, partly because he was wet through. ADDRESS. Well might tables and chairs be upset, and glass and china be sent crashing on the floor, in the panic of that terrible moment when the four Heroes strode wrathfully into the room! They were but four in all, but to the panic-stricken weasels the hall seemed full of monstrous animals, grey, black, brown and yellow, whooping and flourishing enormous cudgels; and they broke and fled with squeals of terror and dismay, this way and that, through the windows, up the chimney, anywhere to get out of reach of those terrible sticks. It amuses you and it doesn't hurt me. Mole first, 'cos I'm very pleased with him; Rat next; Toad last. So they groped and shuffled along, with their ears pricked up and their paws on their pistols, till at last the Badger said, 'We ought by now to be pretty nearly under the Hall. Up and down, the whole length of the hall, strode the four Friends, whacking with their sticks at every head that showed itself; and in five minutes the room was cleared. However, you are right, I know, and I am wrong. (There will be other speeches by TOAD during the evening.). There goes the great Mr. Toad! muttered Toad, grinding his teeth. Go, Badger, order the Banquet, order what you like; then join our young friends outside in their innocent mirth, oblivious of me and my cares and toils. However, you are right, I know, and I am wrong. There was panic in the parlours and howling in the halls, But, O dear, O dear, this is a hard world!'. . Toad swaggered out and found it was one of the prisoners of the previous evening, very respectful and anxious to please. The animals were evidently puzzled and taken aback by this unexpected attitude of his; and Toad felt, as he moved from one guest to the other, making his modest responses, that he was an object of absorbing interest to every one. SONG. 'It's all over,' he reported. And yonder comes the famous Mr. Mole, of whom you so often have heard your father tell!' So they groped and shuffled along, with their ears pricked up and their paws on their pistols, till at last the Badger said, 'We ought by now to be pretty nearly under the Hall. . A fine idea had occurred to him while he was talking. See that they sweep UNDER the beds, and put clean sheets and pillow-cases on, and turn down one corner of the bed-clothes, just as you know it ought to be done; and have a can of hot water, and clean towels, and fresh cakes of soap, put in each room. At last the hour for the banquet began to draw near, and Toad, who on leaving the others had retired to his bedroom, was still sitting there, melancholy and thoughtful. When the Toad—came—home! Then the Mole pulled his chair up to the table, and pitched into the cold tongue; and Toad, like the gentleman he was, put all his jealousy from him, and said heartily, 'Thank you kindly, dear Mole, for all your pains and trouble tonight, and especially for your cleverness this morning!' They were just about to sit down when the Mole clambered in through the window, chuckling, with an armful of rifles. The Badger, who was in an arm-chair and deep in the morning paper, merely looked up and nodded when Toad entered the room. Toad, after due consultation with his friends, selected a handsome gold chain and locket set with pearls, which he dispatched to the gaoler's daughter with a letter that even the Badger admitted to be modest, grateful, and appreciative; and the engine-driver, in his turn, was properly thanked and compensated for all his pains and trouble. 'I thought, on the whole, they had had licking enough for one night, and the weasels, when I put the point to them, quite agreed with me, and said they wouldn't think of troubling me. Certainly not! Full Text Reviews. Now, sit down at that table—there's stacks of letter-paper on it, with "Toad Hall" at the top in blue and gold—and write invitations to all our friends, and if you stick to it we shall get them out before luncheon. Under severe compulsion from the Badger, even the barge-woman was, with some trouble, sought out and the value of her horse discreetly made good to her; though Toad kicked terribly at this, holding himself to be an instrument of Fate, sent to punish fat women with mottled arms who couldn't tell a real gentleman when they saw one. We all know Toad! Through the broken windows the shrieks of terrified weasels escaping across the lawn were borne faintly to their ears; on the floor lay prostrate some dozen or so of the enemy, on whom the Mole was busily engaged in fitting handcuffs. TOAD'S LAST LITTLE SONG! At last, as the cheering and hammering slowly subsided, a voice could be made out saying, 'Well, I do not propose to detain you much longer'—(great applause)—'but before I resume my seat'—(renewed cheering)—'I should like to say one word about our kind host, Mr. Toad. they heard, and the stamping of little feet on the floor, and the clinking of glasses as little fists pounded on the table. The Mole and the Rat followed silently, swinging themselves successfully into the hole as they had seen the Badger do; but when it came to Toad's turn, of course he managed to slip and fall into the water with a loud splash and a squeal of alarm. But Toad knew his man, so he sat down and made the best breakfast he could, merely observing to himself that he would get square with the others sooner or later. 3687300. When he had nearly finished, the Badger looked up and remarked rather shortly: 'I'm sorry, Toad, but I'm afraid there's a heavy morning's work in front of you. The animals were evidently puzzled and taken aback by this unexpected attitude of his; and Toad felt, as he moved from one guest to the other, making his modest responses, that he was an object of absorbing interest to every one. ', 'O, I know, I know,' said the Badger gloomily. The Wind in the Willows is a classic of children's literature by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908. Join the Dean for his fireside reading of Kenneth Grahame’s beloved classic, Wind in the Willows. And yonder comes the famous Mr. Mole, of whom you so often have heard your father tell!' series title. 'It's all over,' he reported. Really begun shooting and the music conclude with a happy ending '!... 19, 2021, from https: //etc.usf.edu/lit2go/105/the-wind-in-the-willows/1810/the-return-of-ulysses/, 2021, from https: //etc.usf.edu/lit2go/105/the-wind-in-the-willows/1810/the-return-of-ulysses/ brave Toad '. 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