the return of ulysses wind in the willows

This collection of children's literature is a part of the Educational Technology Clearinghouse and is funded by various grants. The Badger, resting from his labours, leant on his stick and wiped his honest brow. The amount involved, it was true, was not very burdensome, the gipsy's valuation being admitted by local assessors to be approximately correct. 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. 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. remove-circle Share or Embed This Item. ', 'Excellent and deserving animal!' There was panic in the parlours and howling in the halls, 'Mole,' he said,' 'you're the best of fellows! 'But the thing had to be done. Grahame, K. (1908). cried Toad, dismayed. 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. 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. January 19, 2021. Mr. Toad's song!' COMPOSER. 'Mayn't I sing them just one LITTLE song?' Influenced by Badger's stoic nature, Toad shifts his personality, and acts like an adult at the party. 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. Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/105/the-wind-in-the-willows/1810/the-return-of-ulysses/. London : Puffin Books, 1994. isbn. '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. ', 'O, I know, I know,' said the Badger gloomily. said the Badger. BY TOAD. 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!' He sang this very loud, with great unction and expression; and when he had done, he sang it all over again. His pleasant dream was shattered. Toad saw that he was trapped. 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. 'Mayn't I sing them just one LITTLE song?' 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. cried Toad, dismayed. —Theodore Roosevelt. 10 / 10 Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad attempt to recapture Toad Hall. Don't you chatter so much as usual, or you'll be sent back, as sure as fate!'. As soon as the meal was over, Toad thrust his paws deep into his trouser-pockets, remarked casually, 'Well, look after yourselves, you fellows! 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. 'No, not ONE little song,' replied the Rat firmly, though his heart bled as he noticed the trembling lip of the poor disappointed Toad. . 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 have read it and reread it, and have come to accept the characters as old friends. and he went straight for the Chief Weasel. Then he took to giggling in a shy, self-conscious manner. . 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!' 'I want some grub, I do,' he said, in that rather common way he had of speaking. ', 'Of course not,' said the Rat. . It's first rate. Well might the terrified weasels dive under the tables and spring madly up at the windows! The Return of Ulysses. Try and grasp the fact that on this occasion we're not arguing with you; we're just telling you.'. Hence forth I will be a very different Toad. Here the formidable four storm the banqueting hall and reclaim Toad Hall from the stoats and weasels. I'LL order the Banquet. . Just cut along outside and look after those stoat-sentries of yours, and see what they're doing. and he went straight for the Chief Weasel. They understood him, they saw through him, they had got ahead of him. 'And, talking of weasels, it's lucky we came upon that little weasel, just as he was setting out with Toad's invitations. '—Let me sing you a little song,' went on the voice, 'which I have composed on the subject of Toad'—(prolonged applause). Then the Chief Weasel—for it was he—began in a high, squeaky voice—, The Badger drew himself up, took a firm grip of his stick with both paws, glanced round at his comrades, and cried—. It's first rate. imprint. and the four of them put their shoulders to the trap-door and heaved it back. Or, sometimes, for a change, 'On the contrary!' At last he raised his head, and the traces of strong emotion were visible on his features. 'Anything to oblige. 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. 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. 'And gas,' put in the Badger, in his common way. The Toad's nervous terrors all returned, but the Badger only remarked placidly, 'They ARE going it, the Weasels!'. Why, of course, dear Badger! 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. 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. 'The hour is come! 'Get ready, all of you!'. (shrieks of merriment). 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. 'But the thing had to be done. . At 116 years old, The Wind in the Willows continues to be a favorite story of children and adults. The Wind in the Willows is set in a pastoral version of England, just as the Industrial Revolution is beginning. 'Ooo-ray-ooray-oo-ray-ooray!' This was a base libel on Badger, who, though he cared little about Society, was rather fond of children; but it never failed to have its full effect. UofT Libraries is getting a new library services platform in January 2021. 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. 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. At last he raised his head, and the traces of strong emotion were visible on his features.     And the cannon they are shooting and the motor-cars are hooting, 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! . 'Badger,' said the Rat, 'I feel like a brute; I wonder what YOU feel like? An alternative sketch presented to John Cleese when he commissioned Matthews to illustrate an iconic scene from this charming children's novel. 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! Milne. 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. 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. The passage now began to slope upwards; they groped onward a little further, and then the noise broke out again, quite distinct this time, and very close above them. Please don't think that saying all this doesn't hurt me more than it hurts you. Song! 'Stir your stumps, Toad, and look lively! TOAD'S LAST LITTLE SONG! ', 'O, all right!' '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. series title. said the Badger, his mouth full of chicken and trifle. However, you are right, I know, and I am wrong. Learn more about the change. Through the French windows of the breakfast-room he could see the Mole and the Water Rat sitting in wicker-chairs out on the lawn, evidently telling each other stories; roaring with laughter and kicking their short legs up in the air. 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! 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. Read by Alan Bennett. 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:—, SPEECH. 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. The Return of Ulysses Item Preview podcast_wind-willows-version-5_the-return-ulysses_1000161921832_itemimage.png . They were just about to sit down when the Mole clambered in through the window, chuckling, with an armful of rifles. Ask for anything you want!' 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 let each one of the crowd try and shout it very loud, I'm going to do all I've got to do with this here stick.' . There goes the great Mr. Toad! There was smashing in of window and crashing in of door, So that's all right! The Wind in the Willows is a classic of children's literature by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908. One does not argue about The Wind in the Willows. COMPOSER. '—(great laughter)—'GOOD Toad, MODEST Toad, HONEST Toad!' Some of the younger and livelier animals, as the evening wore on, got whispering to each other that things were not so amusing as they used to be in the good old days; and there were some knockings on the table and cries of 'Toad! Though why on earth you should want to have a Banquet in the morning I cannot understand. 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. But Toad whimpered, and the other two promised that they would be answerable for his good conduct, and at last the Badger was pacified, and the procession moved on; only this time the Rat brought up the rear, with a firm grip on the shoulder of Toad. And, pressing his handkerchief to his face, he left the room, with faltering footsteps. said the Badger, restraining him with difficulty. 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. '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. ', When all was quite ready, the Badger took a dark lantern in one paw, grasped his great stick with the other, and said, 'Now then, follow me! ', When all was quite ready, the Badger took a dark lantern in one paw, grasped his great stick with the other, and said, 'Now then, follow me! You see, we really ought to have a Banquet at once, to celebrate this affair. But, O dear, O dear, this is a hard world!'. . (shrieks of merriment). Lit2Go Edition. BY TOAD. This was a base libel on Badger, who, though he cared little about Society, was rather fond of children; but it never failed to have its full effect. ', '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. 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