Would you have him a common laughing-stock, mocked and jeered at by stoats and weasels? 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 My friends, you shall never have occasion to blush for me again. '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. So I gave them a roll a-piece, and let them out at the back, and off they ran, as hard as they could!'. Rat; desperate and determined, his belt bulging with weapons of every age and every variety; Toad, frenzied with excitement and injured pride, swollen to twice his ordinary size, leaping into the air and emitting Toad-whoops that chilled them to the marrow! And look here, Toady! I'll be—I'll see you——Stop a minute, though! 'WHAT a time they're having!' "The Return of Ulysses." Learn more about the change. 'Only just let me get at him!' (Composed by himself.) 3687300. 'Come on!' 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 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. Hence forth I will be a very different Toad. 'You have conquered, my friends,' he said in broken accents. His pleasant dream was shattered. The Badger was pleased at that, and said, 'There spoke my brave Toad!' Feb 25, 2016 - Read XII. However, you are right, I know, and I am wrong. Read by Alan Bennett. Free shipping for many products! 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. Though why on earth you should want to have a Banquet in the morning I cannot understand. Milne. 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—. TOAD'S LAST LITTLE SONG! ', 'What!' ', 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. '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. At last he raised his head, and the traces of strong emotion were visible on his features. You know I shouldn't like you to blame me afterwards and say I had forgotten ANYTHING! . 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. July 15, 2020. 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. 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 goodnatured Mole picked up a stick, formed his prisoners up in a line on the floor, gave them the order 'Quick march!' Mr. Toad's song!' SONG. Certainly not! and the four of them put their shoulders to the trap-door and heaved it back. Toad saw that he was trapped. 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! The Return of Ulysses; Praise for the Print Edition One can argue over the merits of most books. 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. A fine idea had occurred to him while he was talking. They understood him, they saw through him, they had got ahead of him. 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. 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. Please don't think that saying all this doesn't hurt me more than it hurts you. Certainly not! They celebrate the victory with a triumphant parade, and so both the book and the music conclude with a happy ending. 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! ', Toad remained a long while plunged in thought. 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. The affair was soon over. 'Get ready, all of you!'. 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. Well might the ferrets rush wildly for the fireplace and get hopelessly jammed in the chimney! (Composed by himself.) So at last they were in the secret passage, and the cutting-out expedition had really begun! ', 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. 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. The Toad—came—home! '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. 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!' Please don't think that saying all this doesn't hurt me more than it hurts you. 'WHAT a time they're having!' 'The hour is come! I sacrifice this fair morning on the altar of duty and friendship! Kenneth Grahame, "The Return of Ulysses," The Wind in the Willows, Lit2Go Edition, (1908), accessed January 19, 2021, https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/105/the-wind-in-the-willows/1810/the-return-of-ulysses/. Or, sometimes, for a change, 'On the contrary!' Then he heard the Rat call out warningly, 'COME on, Toad!'     And the cannon they are shooting and the motor-cars are hooting, 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. Gradually his countenance cleared, and he began to smile long, slow smiles. 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. 'Now, look here, Toad,' said the Rat. . ', 'O, all right!' Full Text Reviews. 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. There goes the great 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. 10 / 10 Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad attempt to recapture Toad Hall. 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. The Badger said, 'Now, boys, all together!' He sang this very loud, with great unction and expression; and when he had done, he sang it all over again. COMPOSER. We all know Toad! (There will be other speeches by TOAD during the evening.). ', Toad remained a long while plunged in thought. The Wind in the Willows is a classic of children's literature by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908. 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. . It's expected of you—in fact, it's the rule. 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. 'Toad he went a-pleasuring!' 'Mole,' he said,' 'you're the best of fellows! And yonder comes the famous Mr. Mole, of whom you so often have heard your father tell!' 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. Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/105/the-wind-in-the-willows/1810/the-return-of-ulysses/. 1908. 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. 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! The Collector's Colour Library takes the favourite illustrated titles of The Collector's Library and presents them in full colour. 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. said the Badger, restraining him with difficulty. 'It's for your own good, Toady,' went on the Rat. As soon as the meal was over, Toad thrust his paws deep into his trouser-pockets, remarked casually, 'Well, look after yourselves, you fellows! muttered Toad, grinding his teeth. 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.     When the Toad—came—home! The Badger laughed good-humouredly and said, 'All right, Ratty! . 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. OTHER COMPOSITIONS. They understood him, they saw through him, they had got ahead of him. 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. Then, as he looked, it winked at him, and so declared itself to be an eye; and a small face … Grahame, Kenneth. They were just about to sit down when the Mole clambered in through the window, chuckling, with an armful of rifles. Why, of course, dear Badger! Then they both stood in front of him, while Toad sat silent and regarded them with much suspicion and ill-humour. Such a tremendous noise was going on in the banqueting-hall that there was little danger of their being overheard. and led his squad off to the upper floor. 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. A Mole!' 'Ooo-ray-ooray-oo-ray-ooray!' Follow me!'     When the Toad—came—home! There was panic in the parlours and howling in the halls, And I'LL bear a hand, too; and take my share of the burden. I'LL order the Banquet. '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! 'I want some grub, I do,' he said, in that rather common way he had of speaking. Then he heaved a deep sigh; a long, long, long sigh. The Return of Ulysses (The Wind in the Willows) 'The Return of Ulysses' from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. There was smashing in of window and crashing in of door, '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.     In honour of an animal of whom you're justly proud, 'Come on!' 'And, talking of weasels, it's lucky we came upon that little weasel, just as he was setting out with Toad's invitations. London : Puffin Books, 1994. isbn. I'd send Rat, if he wasn't a poet. 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 lantern was far ahead, and he could not help lagging behind a little in the darkness. The Wind in the Willows. 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. The Wind in the Willows—Chapter 12: The Return of Ulysses April 24, 2020 ~ Alastair Roberts For the Easter season, I am posting some rather different things on this channel, in addition to my regular output, as a little gift to my listeners and supporters, starting with a reading of The Wind in the Willows . And yonder comes the famous Mr. Mole, of whom you so often have heard your father tell!' The Badger was pleased at that, and said, 'There spoke my brave Toad!' Try and grasp the fact that on this occasion we're not arguing with you; we're just telling you.'. Then he dipped his hairbrush in the water-jug, parted his hair in the middle, and plastered it down very straight and sleek on each side of his face; and, unlocking the door, went quietly down the stairs to greet his guests, who he knew must be assembling in the drawing-room. September 8, 2020 at 10:08 am. 'And I didn't have to lick them, either,' he added. Speech! Ask for anything you want!' 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. '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! The affair was soon over. '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. Then he bowed, coughed twice, and, letting himself go, with uplifted voice he sang, to the enraptured audience that his imagination so clearly saw. ', 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. 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. So that's all right! . 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. 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. Instead, he was so uppish and inflated that the Mole began to suspect something; while the Rat and the Badger exchanged significant glances. 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! 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. You know I shouldn't like you to blame me afterwards and say I had forgotten ANYTHING! What is my pleasure or convenience compared with that of others! I'm very pleased with you, Mole! 'And gas,' put in the Badger, in his common way.     As the—Hero—comes! ', '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. When the Toad—came—home! Then he took to giggling in a shy, self-conscious manner. 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 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. It's first rate. 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. 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. They've all disappeared by now, one way or another; and I've got their rifles. 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 … remove-circle Share or Embed This Item. COMPOSER. 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. '—(great laughter)—'GOOD Toad, MODEST Toad, HONEST Toad!' 'Hold hard a minute!' Well might the terrified weasels dive under the tables and spring madly up at the windows! And let each one of the crowd try and shout it very loud, Hence forth I will be a very different Toad. 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. Speech! IV) 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. '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. The Wind in the Willows is a children's novel by Scottish novelist Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908. series title. 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. 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. Though why on earth you should want to have a Banquet in the morning I cannot understand. ', '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. 'No, not ONE little song,' replied the Rat firmly, though his heart bled as he noticed the trembling lip of the poor disappointed Toad. And flung the door open wide. The amount involved, it was true, was not very burdensome, the gipsy's valuation being admitted by local assessors to be approximately correct. 5 / 5 The final part of Bernard Cribbins' reading of Kenneth Grahame's classic. 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 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. 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. '—Let me sing you a little song,' went on the voice, 'which I have composed on the subject of Toad'—(prolonged applause). . So they finished their supper in great joy and contentment, and presently retired to rest between clean sheets, safe in Toad's ancestral home, won back by matchless valour, consummate strategy, and a proper handling of sticks. The amount involved, it was true, was not very burdensome, the gipsy's valuation being admitted by local assessors to be approximately correct. Colour Library takes the favourite illustrated titles of the Wind in the course of the evening by.! 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