Although all of the main characters in The Wind in the Willows are animals, the reader soon forgets that Mole, Toad, Ratty, and Badger are animals and becomes involved in their adventures and mishaps as though they were human characters. Although some actual humans briefly appear in the story, they are nameless and generally serve as devices to move the story along, as in the case of the gypsy who feeds Toad breakfast and buys his stolen horse.
Mole is the focal character of the story; he ties all of the other characters together. Overcome by a severe attack of spring...
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