The Wind in the Willows

by Andrea Elizabeth

was delightedly read by our Church book club and discussed this past Tuesday. One of the topics, besides the charming language and commendable and non commendable character analyses, was, what is the difference between the positive aspect of Mole’s venturing out of his (Plato’s cave) hole, and leaving home, and the negative aspect of the otherwise virtuous and sagaceous Rat’s temporary but defeated fit of wanderlust?

They both could be said to have tasted of Toad’s lifelong addiction self-described as, “Here today, up and off to somewhere else tomorrow! Travel, change, interest, excitement! The whole world before you, and a horizon that’s always changing!”

After three days of reflecting and rereading I think it is the difference between education and idle, restless, discontented curiosity. These are not two opposite things, however. It’s one of those, I know it when I see it sort of things, and being disciplined in choosing the right way helps you see it better? Mole, though discontent, was committed to right, once educated. Toad was committed to his baser feelings, no matter what.