The Wind in the Willows (Annotated)

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Would you like to change to the site? Kenneth Grahame's classic comes alive in a gorgeous, annotated homage to this beloved masterpiece. Toad, Badger, Otter, River Rat, and all our other favorite characters. In addition to remarkable notes on automobiles Toad drove an Armstrong Hardcastle Special Eight , picnics, Gypsies, caravans, old English mansions, peculiar dukes, and even modern manifestations Disney's 'Mr. Toad's Wild Ride' , scholar Annie Gauger has uncovered extraordinary new material on Kenneth Grahame, his troubled family life, and the origins of the story.

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. In , Grahame retired from his position as secretary of the Bank of England. The novel was in its 31st printing when playwright A.

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Milne adapted part of it for the stage as Toad of Toad Hall in In , the first film adaptation was produced by Walt Disney as one of two segments in the package film The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. When he was 5, his mother died from puerperal fever , and his father, who had a drinking problem, gave the care of his four children over to their grandmother, who lived in Cookham Dean in Berkshire.

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There they lived in a spacious but dilapidated home, The Mount , in extensive grounds by the River Thames , and were introduced to the riverside and boating by their uncle, David Ingles, curate at Cookham Dean church. At Christmas the chimney of the house collapsed and the children moved to Fern Hill Cottage in Cranbourne, Berkshire.

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In , their father tried to overcome his drinking problem and took the children back to live with him in Argyll , Scotland, but after a year they returned to their grandmother's house in Cranbourne, where Kenneth lived until he entered St Edward's School, Oxford in Edwards the boys were free to explore the old city with its quaint shops, historic buildings, and cobbled streets, St Giles' Fair , the idyllic upper reaches of the River Thames , and the nearby countryside.

Grahame married Elspeth Thomson in , when he was 40; the next year they had their only child, a boy named Alastair whose nickname was "Mouse" born premature, blind in one eye, and plagued by health problems throughout his life. In Grahame took early retirement from his job at the Bank of England and moved with his wife and son to an old farmhouse in Blewbury , where he used the bedtime stories he had told Alastair as a basis for the manuscript of The Wind in the Willows.

With the arrival of spring and fine weather outside, the good-natured Mole loses patience with spring cleaning. He flees his underground home, emerging to take in the air and ends up at the river, which he has never seen before. Here he meets Rat a water vole , who at this time of year spends all his days in, on and close by the river. Rat takes Mole for a ride in his rowing boat.

Toad is rich, jovial, friendly and kind-hearted, but aimless and conceited; he regularly becomes obsessed with current fads, only to abandon them abruptly.

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Having recently given up boating, Toad's current craze is his horse-drawn caravan. He persuades the reluctant Rat and willing Mole to join him on a trip. Toad soon tires of the realities of camp life, and sleeps in the following day to avoid chores.

Later that day, a passing motorcar scares the horse, causing the caravan to overturn into a ditch. Rat threatens to have the law on the car driver, while Mole calms the horse, but Toad's craze for caravan travel is immediately replaced by an obsession with motorcars. Nevertheless, on a snowy winter's day, while the seasonally somnolent Rat dozes, Mole impulsively goes to the Wild Wood to explore, hoping to meet Badger. He gets lost in the woods, sees many "evil faces" among the wood's less-welcoming denizens, succumbs to fright and panic and hides, trying to stay warm, among the sheltering roots of a tree.

Rat wakes to find Mole gone. Guessing his mission from the direction of Mole's tracks and equipping himself with two pistols and a stout cudgel, Rat goes in search, finding him as snow begins to fall in earnest. Badger learns from his visitors that Toad has crashed seven cars, has been in hospital three times, and has spent a fortune on fines. Though nothing can be done at the moment it being winter , they resolve that when the time is right they will make a plan to protect Toad from himself; they are, after all, his friends, and are worried about his well-being.

With the arrival of spring, Badger visits Mole and Rat to take action over Toad's self-destructive obsession. The three of them go to Toad Hall, and Badger tries talking Toad out of his behavior, to no avail. They put Toad under house arrest , with themselves as the guards, until Toad changes his mind. Feigning illness, Toad bamboozles the Water Rat who is on guard duty at the time and escapes.

Badger and Mole are cross with Rat for his gullibility, but draw comfort because they need no longer waste their summer guarding Toad. Taking the car, he drives it recklessly and is caught by the police. In prison, Toad gains the sympathy of the gaoler's daughter, who helps him to escape disguised as a washerwoman. Though free again, Toad is without money or possessions other than the clothes upon his back.

He manages to board a railway engine manned by a sympathetic driver, which is then pursued by a special train loaded with policemen, detectives and prison warders. Toad jumps from the train and, still disguised as a washerwoman, comes across a horse-drawn barge. The barge's female owner offers him a lift in exchange for Toad's services as a washerwoman.

After botching the wash, Toad gets into a fight with the barge-woman, who tosses him into the canal. In revenge, Toad makes off with the barge horse, which he then sells to a gypsy. Toad subsequently flags down a passing car, which happens to be the very one he stole earlier. The car owners, not recognising Toad in his disguise, permit him to drive their car. Shepard ill. BBC News.

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