'From what I can make out, as soon as the stoats, who were very nervous and jumpy already, heard the shrieks and the yells and the uproar inside the hall, some of them threw down their rifles and fled. It amuses you and it doesn't hurt me. However, you are right, I know, and I am wrong. 'I want some grub, I do,' he said, in that rather common way he had of speaking. ADDRESS. '—Let me sing you a little song,' went on the voice, 'which I have composed on the subject of Toad'—(prolonged applause). will be sung in the course of the evening by the. Toad saw that he was trapped. What is my pleasure or convenience compared with that of others! And let each one of the crowd try and shout it very loud, Don't you chatter so much as usual, or you'll be sent back, as sure as fate!'. I sacrifice this fair morning on the altar of duty and friendship! And then you can give them a licking a-piece, if it's any satisfaction to you, and put them out by the back-door, and we shan't see any more of THEM, I fancy. The Badger said, 'Now, boys, all together!' He was very earnest and thoroughgoing about it, and the affair took quite a long time. ', 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. It's expected of you—in fact, it's the rule. The two animals conducted him between them into the small smoking-room that opened out of the entrance-hall, shut the door, and put him into a chair. It's first rate. The novel is notable for its mixture of mysticism, adventure, morality, and camaraderie, and celebrated for its evocation of the nature of the Thames Valley. 1908. What I mean is, the Banquet will be at night, of course, but the invitations will have to be written and got off at once, and you've got to write 'em. And yonder comes the famous Mr. Mole, of whom you so often have heard your father tell!' You wish it done, and it shall be done. There was much talking and laughter and chaff among the animals, but through it all Toad, who of course was in the chair, looked down his nose and murmured pleasant nothings to the animals on either side of him. Then he bowed, coughed twice, and, letting himself go, with uplifted voice he sang, to the enraptured audience that his imagination so clearly saw. 'And, talking of weasels, it's lucky we came upon that little weasel, just as he was setting out with Toad's invitations. The title both comments ironically on Toad's journey - which he sees as grand and epic - and helps to understand how Toad changes in … This book has it all: excitement, sentiment, destruction of private property (plenty of that), paganism, and a happy ending. . I've an idea that, thanks to you, we shan't have much trouble from them to-night!'.     There was crying in the cow-sheds and shrieking in the stalls, 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. will be sung in the course of the evening by the. Then he bowed, coughed twice, and, letting himself go, with uplifted voice he sang, to the enraptured audience that his imagination so clearly saw. . There goes the great Mr. Toad! and he went straight for the Chief Weasel. Speech! Then they both stood in front of him, while Toad sat silent and regarded them with much suspicion and ill-humour. (Composed by himself.) 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. ', 'Excellent and deserving animal!' cried Toad, dismayed. And I'LL bear a hand, too; and take my share of the burden. 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. The Wind in the Willows. muttered Toad, grinding his teeth. 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!' 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. '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. The idea pleased him mightily, and he worked very hard and got all the letters finished by noon, at which hour it was reported to him that there was a small and rather bedraggled weasel at the door, inquiring timidly whether he could be of any service to the gentlemen. 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. Full Text Reviews. He patted him on the head, shoved the bundle of invitations into his paw, and told him to cut along quick and deliver them as fast as he could, and if he liked to come back again in the evening, perhaps there might be a shilling for him, or, again, perhaps there mightn't; and the poor weasel seemed really quite grateful, and hurried off eagerly to do his mission. 1. THE RETURN OF ULYSSES of The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. Return to the The Wind in the Willows Summary Return to the Kenneth Grahame Library, The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett, Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe. Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/105/the-wind-in-the-willows/1810/the-return-of-ulysses/. said the Toad, readily. 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.' 'And I didn't have to lick them, either,' he added. We all know Toad! Grahame, K. (1908). 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. July 15, 2020. Then a pair of pistols, a policeman's truncheon, several sets of handcuffs, some bandages and sticking-plaster, and a flask and a sandwich-case. My friends, you shall never have occasion to blush for me again. Stream The Wind In The Willows—Chapter 12: The Return of Ulysses by Alastair's Adversaria from desktop or your mobile device ', 'O, all right!' Just cut along outside and look after those stoat-sentries of yours, and see what they're doing. 'But the thing had to be done. ', 'Excellent and deserving animal!' I have read it and reread it, and have come to accept the characters as old friends. ', 'O, all right!' They hurried along the passage till it came to a full stop, and they found themselves standing under the trap-door that led up into the butler's pantry. His pleasant dream was shattered. 3687300. Certainly not! (shrieks of merriment). 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. 'It's about this Banquet, and very sorry I am to have to speak to you like this. '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——'. The noise, as they emerged from the passage, was simply deafening. The mighty Badger, his whiskers bristling, his great cudgel whistling through the air; Mole, black and grim, brandishing his stick and shouting his awful war-cry, 'A Mole! And that's the gallant Water Rat, a terrible fighter, walking along o' him! The Badger, resting from his labours, leant on his stick and wiped his honest brow. and a terror seized him of being left behind, alone in the darkness, and he 'came on' with such a rush that he upset the Rat into the Mole and the Mole into the Badger, and for a moment all was confusion. ', 'Of course not,' said the Rat. And, pressing his handkerchief to his face, he left the room, with faltering footsteps. 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! Then he heaved a deep sigh; a long, long, long sigh. said the Badger, restraining him with difficulty. The Return of Ulysses. You know I shouldn't like you to blame me afterwards and say I had forgotten ANYTHING! . 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 … 'It was, to be sure, but a small thing that I asked—merely leave to blossom and expand for yet one more evening, to let myself go and hear the tumultuous applause that always seems to me—somehow—to bring out my best qualities. You see, we really ought to have a Banquet at once, to celebrate this affair. 'Toad he went a-pleasuring!' Hence forth I will be a very different Toad. Certainly not! 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.     As the—Hero—comes! It amuses you and it doesn't hurt me. The amount involved, it was true, was not very burdensome, the gipsy's valuation being admitted by local assessors to be approximately correct. Sometimes, in the course of long summer evenings, the friends would take a stroll together in the Wild Wood, now successfully tamed so far as they were concerned; and it was pleasing to see how respectfully they were greeted by the inhabitants, and how the mother-weasels would bring their young ones to the mouths of their holes, and say, pointing, 'Look, baby! 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. 'Mole,' he said,' 'you're the best of fellows! he yelled. At last he got up, locked the door, drew the curtains across the windows, collected all the chairs in the room and arranged them in a semicircle, and took up his position in front of them, swelling visibly. 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. Chapter 12 - "The Return of Ulysses" The plan is a great success; they chase the squatters away, and immediately start planning for a party. Here the formidable four storm the banqueting hall and reclaim Toad Hall from the stoats and weasels. The Wind in the Willows is a classic of children's literature by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908. 'Toad he went a-pleasuring!' 'And I didn't have to lick them, either,' he added. COMPOSER. Just cut along outside and look after those stoat-sentries of yours, and see what they're doing. I'm going to do all I've got to do with this here stick.' They were just about to sit down when the Mole clambered in through the window, chuckling, with an armful of rifles. 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. said the Badger, his mouth full of chicken and trifle. A fine idea had occurred to him while he was talking. When he found out what had really happened he was very angry indeed, and said, 'Now this time that tiresome Toad SHALL be left behind!'.     In honour of an animal of whom you're justly proud, 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. Follow me!' Toad felt rather hurt that the Badger didn't say pleasant things to him, as he had to the Mole, and tell him what a fine fellow he was, and how splendidly he had fought; for he was rather particularly pleased with himself and the way he had gone for the Chief Weasel and sent him flying across the table with one blow of his stick. September 8, 2020 at 10:08 am. Please don't think that saying all this doesn't hurt me more than it hurts you. All the animals cheered when he entered, and crowded round to congratulate him and say nice things about his courage, and his cleverness, and his fighting qualities; but Toad only smiled faintly, and murmured, 'Not at all!' BY TOAD. The Wind in the Willows (version 3) Kenneth GRAHAME (1859 - 1932) The classic story of how Rat, Mole, and the other river-bankers saved Toad from his excesses. 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. There was smashing in of window and crashing in of door, The noise, as they emerged from the passage, was simply deafening. 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. After a time, he appeared again, smiling, and said that every room was ready, and as clean as a new pin. '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. Please don't think that saying all this doesn't hurt me more than it hurts you. imprint. Copyright © 2006—2021 by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology, College of Education, University of South Florida. He WOULD write the invitations; and he would take care to mention the leading part he had taken in the fight, and how he had laid the Chief Weasel flat; and he would hint at his adventures, and what a career of triumph he had to tell about; and on the fly-leaf he would set out a sort of a programme of entertainment for the evening—something like this, as he sketched it out in his head:—, (There will be other speeches by TOAD during the evening.). BY TOAD. OTHER COMPOSITIONS. The Wind in the Willows is set in a pastoral version of England, just as the Industrial Revolution is beginning. Alternately slow-moving and fast-paced, it focuses on four anthropomorphised animals in a pastoral version of Edwardian England. The Badger was pleased at that, and said, 'There spoke my brave Toad!' The wind in the willows / by Kenneth Grahame ; illustrated by Robin Lawrie. 'Mole,' he said,' 'you're the best of fellows! remove-circle Share or Embed This Item. It's expected of you—in fact, it's the rule. When he found out what had really happened he was very angry indeed, and said, 'Now this time that tiresome Toad SHALL be left behind!'. . 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. ', 'O, I know, I know,' said the Badger gloomily. TOAD'S LAST LITTLE SONG! Try and grasp the fact that on this occasion we're not arguing with you; we're just telling you.'. BY TOAD . and a terror seized him of being left behind, alone in the darkness, and he 'came on' with such a rush that he upset the Rat into the Mole and the Mole into the Badger, and for a moment all was confusion. And yonder comes the famous Mr. Mole, of whom you so often have heard your father tell!' 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!'     For it's Toad's—great—day! Don't you chatter so much as usual, or you'll be sent back, as sure as fate!'. My friends, you shall never have occasion to blush for me again. Alternately slow moving and fast paced, it focuses on four anthropomorphised animal characters in a pastoral version of England. 'It's all over,' he reported. So I gave them a roll a-piece, and let them out at the back, and off they ran, as hard as they could!'. 'And gas,' put in the Badger, in his common way. ', 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. muttered Toad, grinding his teeth. . 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. Ask for anything you want!' ', 'What!' And, pressing his handkerchief to his face, he left the room, with faltering footsteps. 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. Learn more about the change. 'And gas,' put in the Badger, in his common way. The Mole vanished promptly through a window; and the Badger bade the other two set a table on its legs again, pick up knives and forks and plates and glasses from the debris on the floor, and see if they could find materials for a supper. 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. But, O dear, O dear, this is a hard world!'. Speech! 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. 'Ooo-ray-ooray-oo-ray-ooray!' Or, sometimes, for a change, 'On the contrary!' The Return of Ulysses; Praise for the Print Edition One can argue over the merits of most books. A fine idea had occurred to him while he was talking. And look here, Toady! 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