The Badger laughed good-humouredly and said, 'All right, Ratty! 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. He sang this very loud, with great unction and expression; and when he had done, he sang it all over again. So at last they were in the secret passage, and the cutting-out expedition had really begun! 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. said the Badger, his mouth full of chicken and trifle. 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. Would you have him a common laughing-stock, mocked and jeered at by stoats and weasels? Learn more about the change. Toad saw that he was trapped. He was very earnest and thoroughgoing about it, and the affair took quite a long time. The Badger was pleased at that, and said, 'There spoke my brave Toad!' It's first rate. Milne. 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. Much as Odysseus returns home from battle to find his home occupied by outsiders, Toad returns to find his home overtaken by stoats and weasels. 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. So I gave them a roll a-piece, and let them out at the back, and off they ran, as hard as they could!'. Grahame, Kenneth. The Return of Ulysses; Praise for the Print Edition One can argue over the merits of most books. ', 'O, all right!' ... All episodes of The Wind In the Willows Homepage. 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. Mole first, 'cos I'm very pleased with him; Rat next; Toad last. 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 … Toad swaggered out and found it was one of the prisoners of the previous evening, very respectful and anxious to please. I confiscated the lot, and the good Mole is now sitting in the blue boudoir, filling up plain, simple invitation cards.'. and led his squad off to the upper floor. ', The goodnatured Mole picked up a stick, formed his prisoners up in a line on the floor, gave them the order 'Quick march!' The trumpeters are tooting and the soldiers are saluting, 'But the thing had to be done. 'Come on!' I'm going to do all I've got to do with this here stick.' 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. The Return of Ulysses Item Preview podcast_wind-willows-version-5_the-return-ulysses_1000161921832_itemimage.png . . Or, sometimes, for a change, 'On the contrary!' Copyright © 2006—2021 by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology, College of Education, University of South Florida. 'You have conquered, my friends,' he said in broken accents. BY TOAD ', 'Excellent and deserving animal!' Web. 'Me stop indoors and write a lot of rotten letters on a jolly morning like this, when I want to go around my property, and set everything and everybody to rights, and swagger about and enjoy myself! BY TOAD. 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. 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. This good fellow has got to live here, and hold his own, and be respected. 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. The title both comments ironically on Toad's journey - which he sees as grand and epic - and helps to understand how Toad changes in … Well might the terrified weasels dive under the tables and spring madly up at the windows! The Wind in the Willows is an excellent read for a child. 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. You know I shouldn't like you to blame me afterwards and say I had forgotten ANYTHING! . 'Badger,' said the Rat, 'I feel like a brute; I wonder what YOU feel like? And flung the door open wide. and he went straight for the Chief Weasel. The Badger had ordered everything of the best, and the banquet was a great success. They were just about to sit down when the Mole clambered in through the window, chuckling, with an armful of rifles. Lit2Go Edition. 'Only just let me get at him!' said the Badger. Well might the ferrets rush wildly for the fireplace and get hopelessly jammed in the chimney! 'Badger,' said the Rat, 'I feel like a brute; I wonder what YOU feel like? imprint. 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. Feb 25, 2016 - Read XII. . So that's all right! Free shipping for many products! 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. '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. “The Return of Ulysses” alludes to Homer's The Odyssey, the story of the Greek king who was away from his home for twenty years after fighting the Trojan War. 'Anything to oblige. Then he bowed, coughed twice, and, letting himself go, with uplifted voice he sang, to the enraptured audience that his imagination so clearly saw. I'm very pleased with you, Mole! ', 'Of course not,' said the Rat. It's expected of you—in fact, it's the rule. Well might the terrified weasels dive under the tables and spring madly up at the windows! 'Stir your stumps, Toad, and look lively! We've got your house back for you, and you don't offer us so much as a sandwich.' The lantern was far ahead, and he could not help lagging behind a little in the darkness. 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. Stream The Wind In The Willows—Chapter 12: The Return of Ulysses by Alastair's Adversaria from desktop or your mobile device The Wind in the Willows is a children's novel by Scottish novelist Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908. 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. Then they both stood in front of him, while Toad sat silent and regarded them with much suspicion and ill-humour. September 8, 2020 at 10:08 am. 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!' They were very penitent, and said they were extremely sorry for what they had done, but it was all the fault of the Chief Weasel and the stoats, and if ever they could do anything for us at any time to make up, we had only got to mention it. But, O dear, O dear, this is a hard world!'. 'It's all over,' he reported. 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. I've an idea that, thanks to you, we shan't have much trouble from them to-night!'. 'Ooo-ray-ooray-oo-ray-ooray!' . Here the formidable four storm the banqueting hall and reclaim Toad Hall from the stoats and weasels. 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. and the four of them put their shoulders to the trap-door and heaved it back. They celebrate the victory with a triumphant parade, and so both the book and the music conclude with a happy ending. THE RETURN OF ULYSSES of The Wind in the Willows , free online book, by Kenneth Grahame, on ReadCentral.com. The wind in the willows / by Kenneth Grahame ; illustrated by Robin Lawrie. 'I'LL pleasure 'em!' Mole first, 'cos I'm very pleased with him; Rat next; Toad last. It amuses you and it doesn't hurt me. 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. This document was downloaded from Lit2Go, a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format published by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology. 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. 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. 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. And look here, Toady! The Wind in the Willows is set in a pastoral version of England, just as the Industrial Revolution is beginning. As soon as the meal was over, Toad thrust his paws deep into his trouser-pockets, remarked casually, 'Well, look after yourselves, you fellows! The Badger thought they were being attacked from behind, and, as there was no room to use a stick or a cutlass, drew a pistol, and was on the point of putting a bullet into Toad. 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!' Full Text Reviews. 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. And that's the gallant Water Rat, a terrible fighter, walking along o' him! (shrieks of merriment). they heard, and the stamping of little feet on the floor, and the clinking of glasses as little fists pounded on the table. Song! 10 / 10 Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad attempt to recapture Toad Hall. Ask for anything you want!' and was swaggering off in the direction of the garden, where he wanted to think out an idea or two for his coming speeches, when the Rat caught him by the arm. ', '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. At last he raised his head, and the traces of strong emotion were visible on his features.             Gaily down the street—'  Younger children will have an opportunity to expand their vocabulary while going off on fun adventures with “the gang.” Older readers will be reminded to step outside of their comfort zone and try new things. ', Toad remained a long while plunged in thought. 'It's for your own good, Toady,' went on the Rat. '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——'. I've an idea that, thanks to you, we shan't have much trouble from them to-night!'. Speech from Toad! It's expected of you—in fact, it's the rule. 'Hold hard a minute!' I have read it and reread it, and have come to accept the characters as old friends. The Return of Ulysses. . And yonder comes the famous Mr. Mole, of whom you so often have heard your father tell!' I sacrifice this fair morning on the altar of duty and friendship! We all know Toad! . You know I shouldn't like you to blame me afterwards and say I had forgotten ANYTHING! The Badger said, 'Now, boys, all together!' ', Toad remained a long while plunged in thought. It's first rate. . 'WHAT a time they're having!' The Collector's Colour Library takes the favourite illustrated titles of The Collector's Library and presents them in full colour. 'Mayn't I sing them just one LITTLE song?' The noise, as they emerged from the passage, was simply deafening. they heard, and the stamping of little feet on the floor, and the clinking of glasses as little fists pounded on the table. Then, as he looked, it winked at him, and so declared itself to be an eye; and a small face …     For it's Toad's—great—day! 'It's about this Banquet, and very sorry I am to have to speak to you like this. remove-circle Share or Embed This Item. Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/105/the-wind-in-the-willows/1810/the-return-of-ulysses/. Such a tremendous noise was going on in the banqueting-hall that there was little danger of their being overheard. 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. 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.). Why, of course, dear Badger! But the Rat only said, 'PLEASE, Badger. 'Ooo-ray-ooray-oo-ray-ooray!' My! 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. https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/105/the-wind-in-the-willows/1810/the-return-of-ulysses/, Florida Center for Instructional Technology. 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, pressing his handkerchief to his face, he left the room, with faltering footsteps. At last he raised his head, and the traces of strong emotion were visible on his features. 'Mayn't I sing them just one LITTLE song?' 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. and the four of them put their shoulders to the trap-door and heaved it back. His pleasant dream was shattered. 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!'     There was chivvying of weasels that fainted on the floor, will be sung in the course of the evening by the. 'Hold hard a minute!' 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. 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. 0140366857. catalogue key. My friends, you shall never have occasion to blush for me again. The Return of Ulysses. 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. 'Now, look here, Toad,' said the Rat. Don't you chatter so much as usual, or you'll be sent back, as sure as fate!'. 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—. BY TOAD. Don't you chatter so much as usual, or you'll be sent back, as sure as fate!'. and he went straight for the Chief Weasel. It amuses you and it doesn't hurt me. 'And gas,' put in the Badger, in his common way. he yelled. One does not argue about The Wind in the Willows. 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. But we want you to understand clearly, once and for all, that there are going to be no speeches and no songs. 'And I didn't have to lick them, either,' he added. 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 RETURN OF ULYSSES of The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. They've all disappeared by now, one way or another; and I've got their rifles. Mr. Toad's song!' A Mole!' The amount involved, it was true, was not very burdensome, the gipsy's valuation being admitted by local assessors to be approximately correct. 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. Speech! Original colour illustrations are faithfully reproduced, and where illustrations and decorations were originally black-and-white they have been sensitively coloured by Barbara Frith, one of Britain's most accomplished colourists. 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. 'It's for your own good, Toady,' went on the Rat. 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. 'And, talking of weasels, it's lucky we came upon that little weasel, just as he was setting out with Toad's invitations. Alternately slow moving and fast paced, it focuses on four anthropomorphised animal characters in a pastoral version of England. 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! and was swaggering off in the direction of the garden, where he wanted to think out an idea or two for his coming speeches, when the Rat caught him by the arm. Speech from Toad! After a time, he appeared again, smiling, and said that every room was ready, and as clean as a new pin. 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. So at last they were in the secret passage, and the cutting-out expedition had really begun! 'Mole,' he said,' 'you're the best of fellows! The Badger, who was in an arm-chair and deep in the morning paper, merely looked up and nodded when Toad entered the room. The Wind in the Willows (Lit2Go Edition). You see, we really ought to have a Banquet at once, to celebrate this affair. And I'LL bear a hand, too; and take my share of the burden. 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!' ', The goodnatured Mole picked up a stick, formed his prisoners up in a line on the floor, gave them the order 'Quick march!' 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. 'You know you MUST turn over a new leaf sooner or later, and now seems a splendid time to begin; a sort of turning-point in your career. 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, talking of weasels, it's lucky we came upon that little weasel, just as he was setting out with Toad's invitations. The novel is notable for its mixture of … 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. COMPOSER. '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. 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. 'No, not ONE little song,' replied the Rat firmly, though his heart bled as he noticed the trembling lip of the poor disappointed Toad. Join the Dean for his fireside reading of Kenneth Grahame’s beloved classic, Wind in the Willows. I'd send Rat, if he wasn't a poet. 'Mole,' he said,' 'you're the best of fellows! They were just about to sit down when the Mole clambered in through the window, chuckling, with an armful of rifles. 'It's all over,' he reported. They've all disappeared by now, one way or another; and I've got their rifles. 'And gas,' put in the Badger, in his common way.

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