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! 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. 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. 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. 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. Web. I'm going to do all I've got to do with this here stick.' Instead, he was so uppish and inflated that the Mole began to suspect something; while the Rat and the Badger exchanged significant glances. 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. . 'You have conquered, my friends,' he said in broken accents. 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. —Theodore Roosevelt. Alternately slow moving and fast paced, it focuses on four anthropomorphised animal characters in a pastoral version of England. '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! They were just about to sit down when the Mole clambered in through the window, chuckling, with an armful of rifles. . 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. 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!' Or, sometimes, for a change, 'On the contrary!' They celebrate the victory with a triumphant parade, and so both the book and the music conclude with a happy ending. There goes the great Mr. Toad! 'Mole,' he said,' 'you're the best of fellows! There was panic in the parlours and howling in the halls, 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. 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. 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. I'm very pleased with you, Mole! 'No, not ONE little song,' replied the Rat firmly, though his heart bled as he noticed the trembling lip of the poor disappointed Toad. 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. UofT Libraries is getting a new library services platform in January 2021. THE RETURN OF ULYSSES of The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. ', 'What!' 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!'. Then he took to giggling in a shy, self-conscious manner. 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. Just cut along outside and look after those stoat-sentries of yours, and see what they're doing. 'And I didn't have to lick them, either,' he added. 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. The trumpeters are tooting and the soldiers are saluting, 'Badger,' said the Rat, 'I feel like a brute; I wonder what YOU feel like? TOAD'S LAST LITTLE SONG! It's expected of you—in fact, it's the rule. Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/105/the-wind-in-the-willows/1810/the-return-of-ulysses/. THE RETURN OF ULYSSES of The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. 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! 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. Try and grasp the fact that on this occasion we're not arguing with you; we're just telling you.'. The Badger, who was in an arm-chair and deep in the morning paper, merely looked up and nodded when Toad entered the room. 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. 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. Such a tremendous noise was going on in the banqueting-hall that there was little danger of their being overheard. 'Come on!' The Badger said, 'Now, boys, all together!' Product Details. Song! They've all disappeared by now, one way or another; and I've got their rifles. The Return of Ulysses. Just cut along outside and look after those stoat-sentries of yours, and see what they're doing. 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! 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. Or, sometimes, for a change, 'On the contrary!' Hence forth I will be a very different Toad.     For it's Toad's—great—day! . 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 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. '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. . . The Collector's Colour Library takes the favourite illustrated titles of The Collector's Library and presents them in full colour. '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. And yonder comes the famous Mr. Mole, of whom you so often have heard your father tell!' We've got your house back for you, and you don't offer us so much as a sandwich.' Here the formidable four storm the banqueting hall and reclaim Toad Hall from the stoats and weasels. '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. Chapter 12 - "The Return of Ulysses" The plan is a great success; they chase the squatters away, and immediately start planning for a party. 'Get ready, all of you!'. 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! This collection of children's literature is a part of the Educational Technology Clearinghouse and is funded by various grants. 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.). Stream The Wind In The Willows—Chapter 12: The Return of Ulysses by Alastair's Adversaria from desktop or your mobile device 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!' Milne. 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!' 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. We've got your house back for you, and you don't offer us so much as a sandwich.' Though why on earth you should want to have a Banquet in the morning I cannot understand. Would you have him a common laughing-stock, mocked and jeered at by stoats and weasels? "The Return of Ulysses." I sacrifice this fair morning on the altar of duty and friendship! The Return of Ulysses; Praise for the Print Edition One can argue over the merits of most books. However, you are right, I know, and I am wrong. 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—. 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. ', 'What!' 'Stir your stumps, Toad, and look lively! 'Mayn't I sing them just one LITTLE song?' 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. 'Hold hard a minute!' 'And, talking of weasels, it's lucky we came upon that little weasel, just as he was setting out with Toad's invitations. Speech from Toad! 'Come on!' It's expected of you—in fact, it's the rule. 'And gas,' put in the Badger, in his common way. What is my pleasure or convenience compared with that of others! 'WHAT a time they're having!' However, you are right, I know, and I am wrong. 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. He was very earnest and thoroughgoing about it, and the affair took quite a long time. ', 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! Learn more about the change. 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. After a time, he appeared again, smiling, and said that every room was ready, and as clean as a new pin. Mole first, 'cos I'm very pleased with him; Rat next; Toad last. 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. 'It's about this Banquet, and very sorry I am to have to speak to you like this. And look here, Toady! 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. 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. said the Badger, his mouth full of chicken and trifle. 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. Grahame, Kenneth. ', 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. Don't you chatter so much as usual, or you'll be sent back, as sure as fate!'. said the Toad, readily. Well might the terrified weasels dive under the tables and spring madly up at the windows! 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.' said the Badger, restraining him with difficulty. 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. 'It's all over,' he reported. You wish it done, and it shall be done. (Composed by himself.) 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. And that's the gallant Water Rat, a terrible fighter, walking along o' him! 'And I didn't have to lick them, either,' he added. Would you have him a common laughing-stock, mocked and jeered at by stoats and weasels? We all know Toad! ', 'Excellent and deserving animal!' ', The goodnatured Mole picked up a stick, formed his prisoners up in a line on the floor, gave them the order 'Quick march!' 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. The title both comments ironically on Toad's journey - which he sees as grand and epic - and helps to understand how Toad changes in … 0140366857. catalogue key. 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. 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. 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. What a squealing and a squeaking and a screeching filled the air! So at last they were in the secret passage, and the cutting-out expedition had really begun! I have read it and reread it, and have come to accept the characters as old friends. The amount involved, it was true, was not very burdensome, the gipsy's valuation being admitted by local assessors to be approximately correct. Hence forth I will be a very different Toad. Alternately slow-moving and fast-paced, it focuses on four anthropomorphised animals in a pastoral version of Edwardian England. Wind in the Willows is a classic yet with the decline in language in this daunting new world of bobble-headed humanity it will be ignored and forgotten. Then they both stood in front of him, while Toad sat silent and regarded them with much suspicion and ill-humour. 'I want some grub, I do,' he said, in that rather common way he had of speaking. 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! imprint. My friends, you shall never have occasion to blush for me again. I'll be—I'll see you——Stop a minute, though! '—Let me sing you a little song,' went on the voice, 'which I have composed on the subject of Toad'—(prolonged applause). The Wind in the Willows is a children's novel by Scottish novelist Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908. 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. 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. 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. they heard, and the stamping of little feet on the floor, and the clinking of glasses as little fists pounded on the table. The Badger, who was in an arm-chair and deep in the morning paper, merely looked up and nodded when Toad entered the room. 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. 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/. I'm very pleased with you, Mole! Why, of course, dear Badger! The Wind in the Willows is a classic of children's literature by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908. 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. So that's all right! 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! Mr. Toad's song!' 'I want some grub, I do,' he said, in that rather common way he had of speaking. But, O dear, O dear, this is a hard world!'. he pleaded piteously. The wind in the willows / by Kenneth Grahame ; illustrated by Robin Lawrie. The affair was soon over. 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. and the four of them put their shoulders to the trap-door and heaved it back. . 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. Mr Toad. ', Toad remained a long while plunged in thought. 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. Mr. Toad's song!' 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. BY TOAD The Return of Ulysses (The Wind in the Willows) 'The Return of Ulysses' from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. said the Toad, readily. 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. 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. and led his squad off to the upper floor. ', '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. The Return of Ulysses. 'Now, look here, Toad,' said the Rat. Join the Dean for his fireside reading of Kenneth Grahame’s beloved classic, Wind in the Willows. It amuses you and it doesn't hurt me. . 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. It's first rate. 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. Mole first, 'cos I'm very pleased with him; Rat next; Toad last. So I gave them a roll a-piece, and let them out at the back, and off they ran, as hard as they could!'. 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. And I'LL bear a hand, too; and take my share of the burden. OTHER COMPOSITIONS. 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. Well might the ferrets rush wildly for the fireplace and get hopelessly jammed in the chimney! 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. 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. 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, talking of weasels, it's lucky we came upon that little weasel, just as he was setting out with Toad's invitations. 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