The Mole's ran a good deal on supper, as it was pitch-dark, and it was all a strange country for him as far as he knew, and he was following obediently in the wake of the Rat, leaving the guidance entirely to him. he cried dismally, 'why ever did I do it? replied the Rat cheerfully, still plodding along. Tell us all about it, and how you came to make it what it is.' Most of the low latticed windows were innocent of blinds, and to the lookers-in from outside, the inmates, gathered round the tea-table, absorbed in handiwork, or talking with laughter and gesture, had each that happy grace which is the last thing the skilled actor shall captureâthe natural grace which goes with perfect unconsciousness of observation. Lovely story telling! âBroken down trailers and ratty houses lined the street.â âHidden amidst the towering buildings at the outermost edge of the city lay a small, ratty karaoke bar that seems to seek shelter from the raging thunderstorm, its shingled roof rattling harshly.â âPulling up in front of a ratty looking house â¦ If Iâm not mistaken, itâs the first time Geoffrey reads for Storynory. And the home had been happy with him, too, evidently, and was missing him, and wanted him back, and was telling him so, through his nose, sorrowfully, reproachfully, but with no bitterness or anger; only with plaintive reminder that it was there, and wanted him. I hope some other stories from The wind in the willows will be on Storynory, too. The sob he had fought with so long refused to be beaten. When at last it seemed to the Rat that they must be nearing that part of the road where the Mole had been 'held up,' he said, 'Now, no more talking. It is lovely though, I agree. The upkeep of the imposing 13-bedroomed property near Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, was left to the National Trust in the 1930s. He makes friends with Ratty the water vole who takes him boating and introduces him to the bumptious Mr. Toad. Rat then invites Mole to have a Riverside picnic with him. In this extract,(Chapter 5). At last the Rat succeeded in decoying him to the table, and had just got seriously to work with the sardine-opener when sounds were heard from the fore-court withoutâsounds like the scuffling of small feet in the gravel and a confused murmur of tiny voices, while broken sentences reached themâ'Now, all in a lineâhold the lantern up a bit, Tommyâclear your throats firstâno coughing after I say one, two, three.âWhere's young Bill?âHere, come on, do, we're all a-waitingââ'. Where did Geoffrey learn how to do this? Rat invites him to jâ¦ The Mole struck a match, and by its light the Rat saw that they were standing in an open space, neatly swept and sanded underfoot, and directly facing them was Mole's little front door, with 'Mole End' painted, in Gothic lettering, over the bell-pull at the side. 'What a capital little house this is!' Here much muttered conversation ensued, and the Mole only heard bits of it, such asâ'Fresh, mind!âno, a pound of that will doâsee you get Buggins's, for I won't have any otherâno, only the bestâif you can't get it there, try somewhere elseâyes, of course, home-made, no tinned stuffâwell then, do the best you can!' Wind In The Willows Capitol Capitol (label) Rock (CD, LP) We realize that there are many different interpretations of the standard grades used for pre-owned vinyl record albums & CD, so we thought we'd offer you the ones that we are working with, so you have an idea what we mean when we give the grade for a non-new item on our pages. Out of the centre of the pond rose a fanciful erection clothed in more cockle-shells and topped by a large silvered glass ball that reflected everything all wrong and had a very pleasing effect. Pull up that settle to the fire. and i was wondering if you can put the full book of wind and willows A pigâthat's me! The rest of the field-mice, perched in a row on the settle, their small legs swinging, gave themselves up to enjoyment of the fire, and toasted their chilblains till they tingled; while the Mole, failing to draw them into easy conversation, plunged into family history and made each of them recite the names of his numerous brothers, who were too young, it appeared, to be allowed to go out a-carolling this year, but looked forward very shortly to winning the parental consent. They plodded along steadily and silently, each of them thinking his own thoughts. And they never pass me overâthey come to Mole End last of all; and I used to give them hot drinks, and supper too sometimes, when I could afford it. After a time he muttered gloomily, 'I see it all now! Geoffrey Newland reads this chapter for Storynory. cried the tearful Mole, looking up in alarm. would it be ok if you put âthe wind and the willowsâ on story nory? Woodstoc~ lllinois â¢ I've nothing to give youânothingânot a crumb! Coombe End Farmhouse is on the banks of the Thames â¦ They were all busily engaged on him like watermen applying the Royal Humane Society's regulations to a case of long submersion, when the latch clicked, the door opened, and the field-mouse with the lantern reappeared, staggering under the weight of his basket. Close against the white blind hung a bird-cage, clearly silhouetted, every wire, perch, and appurtenance distinct and recognisable, even to yesterday's dull-edged lump of sugar. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame beautifully evokes the lives and personalities of the animals who live along an English riverbank. Please write in English. Villagers all, this frosty tide, Chapter 3 - "The Wild Wood" Months after meeting Toad, Mole is curious about meeting the elusive Badger.He had hoped Badger might show up at Ratâs house, but Rat keeps reminding Mole that Badger prefers solitude.. As winter approaches, Rat begins napping for long periods of time, leaving Mole with the opportunity to sneak off into the Wild Wood to search for Badger himself. Irritable, his friend being a dangerous driver. Just you wait a minute.'. The Dramatic Publishing Company . 'No pate de foie gras, no champagne!' against the bank and he could hear the wind, whispering in the willows. said the Rat. No talk left in you, and your feet dragging like lead. 'You leave all that to me,' said the masterful Rat. A garden-seat stood on one side of the door, and on the other a roller; for the Mole, who was a tidy animal when at home, could not stand having his ground kicked up by other animals into little runs that ended in earth-heaps. On the walls hung wire baskets with ferns in them, alternating with brackets carrying plaster statuaryâGaribaldi, and the infant Samuel, and Queen Victoria, and other heroes of modern Italy. Come over this way. 'We wanted to highlight the fact that old historic buildings are being left to rot while a lot of young people are struggling to afford a place to live in.'. CHRISTMAS Â« â Home! 'And that reminds meâwhat's that little door at the end of the passage? I enjoyed listening to this chapter of Wind In the Willows so very much! ', 'No bread!' Fabulous reading of a lovely chapter! Also features cameos by Stephen Fry, John Cleese, and Michael Palin. Thank you so much for this chapter, and we would love more perhaps someday. When the door had closed on the last of them and the chink of the lanterns had died away, Mole and Rat kicked the fire up, drew their chairs in, brewed themselves a last nightcap of mulled ale, and discussed the events of the long day. The voice of the narrator is way too cool! As for the Rat, he was walking a little way ahead, as his habit was, his shoulders humped, his eyes fixed on the straight grey road in front of him; so he did not notice poor Mole when suddenly the summons reached him, and took him like an electric shock. Business! Shabby indeed, and small and poorly furnished, and yet his, the home he had made for himself, the home he had been so happy to get back to after his day's work. They're quite an institution in these parts. Oh, come back, Ratty! 'And now come along in, all of you, and warm yourselves by the fire, and have something hot!' They reached the carriage-drive of Toad Hall to find, as Badger had anticipated, a shiny new motor-car, of great size, painted a bright red (Toad's favourite colour), standing in front of the house. 'O Ratty!' Joy shall be theirs in the morning!'. The field-mouse addressed got up on his legs, giggled shyly, looked round the room, and remained absolutely tongue-tied. Plodding at random across the plough, they had heard the sheep and had made for them; and now, leading from the sheep-pen, they found a beaten track that made walking a lighter business, and responded, moreover, to that small inquiring something which all animals carry inside them, saying unmistakably, 'Yes, quite right; THIS leads home!'. Rat packs the food and they arrive at the edge of the bank. Everything so handy!'. 'I tell you, I'm going to find this place now, if I stay out all night. Mole's face-beamed at the sight of all these objects so dear to him, and he hurried Rat through the door, lit a lamp in the hall, and took one glance round his old home. Joy for every morning! This little 'The Wind in the Willows' illustration was completed Thursday - as hot of the drawing board as I can get. They gave us a capital one last year, about a field-mouse who was captured at sea by a Barbary corsair, and made to row in a galley; and when he escaped and got home again, his lady-love had gone into a convent. Though wind may follow, and snow beside, Whatever can be the matter? As they ate, they talked of old times, and the field-mice gave him the local gossip up to date, and answered as well as they could the hundred questions he had to ask them. Moving at will from one theatre to another, the two spectators, so far from home themselves, had something of wistfulness in their eyes as they watched a cat being stroked, a sleepy child picked up and huddled off to bed, or a tired man stretch and knock out his pipe on the end of a smouldering log. groaned the Mole dolorously; 'no butter, noââ' His spirits finally quite restored, he must needs go and caress his possessions, and take a lamp and show off their points to his visitor and expatiate on them, quite forgetful of the supper they both so much needed; Rat, who was desperately hungry but strove to conceal it, nodding seriously, examining with a puckered brow, and saying, 'wonderful,' and 'most remarkable,' at intervals, when the chance for an observation was given him. Squatters have moved into a house which helped inspire Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows. Then, while the Rat busied himself fetching plates, and knives and forks, and mustard which he mixed in an egg-cup, the Mole, his bosom still heaving with the stress of his recent emotion, relatedâsomewhat shyly at first, but with more freedom as he warmed to his subjectâhow this was planned, and how that was thought out, and how this was got through a windfall from an aunt, and that was a wonderful find and a bargain, and this other thing was bought out of laborious savings and a certain amount of 'going without.' So this is the parlour? pull yourself together, and come with me and forage. The National Trust says it is looking to 'secure a long-term future' for the dilapidated property, but the occupiers say action is needed now. ', They went and foraged accordingly, hunting through every cupboard and turning out every drawer. KENNETH GRAHAME'S THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS A MUSICAL . Welcome thatch, and litter below! O dear, O dear!'. +44 (0) 7941 190 740. Great Christmas season reading and listening! Audio and texts are Copyright Storynory Ltd unless otherwise stated. CAROL. in capterâs. I was thinking that perhaps Theo the Monkey could foil some train robbersâ¦would that do ? Get up and recite a bit.'. There hasn't been a property battle like it since the weasels, stoats and ferrets took over Toad Hall. The Year 4 boys worked incredibly hard on their acting and singing skills to produce a production that wonderfully encapsulated this adaptation of Kenneth Grahameâs classic tale. cried the Rat, jumping up and running to the door. and forthwith their shrill little voices uprose on the air, singing one of the old-time carols that their forefathers composed in fields that were fallow and held by frost, or when snow-bound in chimney corners, and handed down to be sung in the miry street to lamp-lit windows at Yule-time. 'You don't understand! Book trivia question: What kind of animal is Ratty in Wind in the Willows? 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