illustrated portraits of Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger set against a woodland scene

The Wind in the Willows

by Kenneth Grahame

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What is the resolution in The Wind in the Willows?

The resolution of The Wind in the Willows is when Rat, Toad, Badger, and Mole live together at Toad Hall in "great joy and contentment" after retaking it from the weasels and stoats.

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The resolution of a work of literature comes after the climax and falling action, almost always at the very end.

At the end of The Wind in the Willows, Rat, Badger, Mole, and Toad retake Toad Hall, which was occupied by weasels and stoats during Toad's prison stint. The four live together in what we might call a happily-ever-after state. They are described as existing in "great joy and contentment," with no further disturbances or uprisings from the weasels. They tie up loose ends, and where they have amends to make they do so. F

or instance, Toad sends a gift to the gaoler's daughter with a "modest" and thankful letter. The engine driver is also thanked and repaid for all his trouble. The barge woman is compensated for the value of her horse, though Toad argues against this at first.

All of these last minor issues having been resolved, the four animals are able to be at peace. They take walks in the Wild Wood, where the weasels look at them and speak of them with admiration. Some of the feeling of the divine presence that Mole and Rat experienced as the wind in the willows—and later thought of as a dream—stays with them as the novel closes.

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