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The Wind in the Willows is set in an idealized version of the English countryside. It has no relationship to an actual place in England; rather, the action takes place in and around the types of areas that would be frequented by the characters portrayed by Toad, Mole, Badger and the others. Kenneth Grahame retired from working at The Bank of England in 1908, the year of The Wind in the Willows first publishing, and moved to the English countryside. There he delighted in spending time on and near the River Thames.
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