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England Book Club: The Wind in the Willows – part 2

January 22, 2012
This week we’ll read the next two chapters of The Wind in the Willows (Chapter 3 – The Wild Wood and Chapter 4 – Mr. Badger).  

This week we’ll read the next two chapters of The Wind in the Willows (Chapter 3 – The Wild Wood and Chapter 4 – Mr. Badger).

In chapter 3, Mole explores the Wild Wood on his own, getting quite lost and becoming more and more frightened.  A winter storm (hey, we know about those around here) makes it nearly impossible for him to find his way home.  The most important part of this chapter is the feelings that Mole feels while lost – and the feelings the author tries to make you feel while reading about Mole.  Those feelings are called the story’s mood.

In Chapter 4, we meet the fourth of the main characters of the story – Mr. Badger.  Rat has repeatedly warned Mole that Mr. Badger does not like guests, especially un-announced or uninvited ones.

Here’s the assignment:  

  1. While you read, pay careful attention to  setting.  When the author of a book gets you to feel a certain way while reading, that’s called mood.  What mood do you think Kenneth Grahame is trying to create in chapter 3?  Be sure to give some examples from the story.
  2. Then, describe the character Mr. Badger.  Is he the character you expected based on Rat’s warnings?  If no, how is he different?  Why do you think rat described him in the way he did?

Each of these answers should take somewhere between 5-7 sentences.

Every student in our England group is required to participate.  You must comment on this post with your thoughts, then come back and comment on what other people have said – you are required to make an effort to keep the conversation going by replying to at least 2 other students (more than just “I agree” or “you are right.” Give them reasons why you agree/disagree or what they said that was meaningful – make this a discussion). 

Next, we’ll be reading The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle – you should begin looking for your own copy at a local library or book store soon, but you can also find free ebook copies online at ManyBooks.com.  We will start reading that book in mid February.    
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  1. Richie Makowski permalink
    January 25, 2012 7:35 pm

    When is this next assignment due by ?

    • January 27, 2012 7:59 pm

      The assignments are always posted on a weekend. They are always due by the Sunday night of the following weekend.

  2. Jade rocks permalink
    January 26, 2012 1:48 pm

    The author probably wanted the mood to be mysterious and frightening. She wanted it to be this way so that we as the readers could feel how frightened the Mole really was, and how the Water Rat was trying to keep the Mole from the Wild Woods. An example would be when the Mole just entered the woods and the faces started to appear. Also when the Mole found the hole in the tree and stayed there till the Water Rat found him.The Badger is not the character that the Rat had described. He is caring around his friends and he doesn’t turn down a cold and sad soul. I think the Rat described the Badger that way because he wanted to make sure the Mole wouldn’t go looking for him or get upset if he left without sticking around when they invited him to dinner and didn’t come.

    • Brooklyn Bachmann permalink
      January 28, 2012 1:53 pm

      Jade, I completely agree with you, but don’t you think that Mr.Badger is kind to anyone he’s around. Friends or strangers? I do have to agree with what you said about how he can’t turn down a sad soul because as I said, it’s physically impossible for Mr. Badger to turn anyone away.

      • Hannah Gedwill permalink
        January 29, 2012 1:14 pm

        I agree with Brooklyn. Mole is a very friendly, kind, and generous character. Unless he’s met someone that he doesn’t like, he is always welcoming to friends or strangers.

        • Hannah Gedwill permalink
          January 29, 2012 1:15 pm

          Oops, I meant Mr. Badger. Sorry!

      • Carli Cortina permalink
        January 29, 2012 1:31 pm

        I agree with that. I think Badger is kind to those who need his help.

      • Isabel Tinoco permalink
        January 29, 2012 7:40 pm

        I agree with Brooklyn and Hannah Mr. Badger came off as a kind and generous character unless there is someone that he doesn’t like. But, I do see your point!(:

    • Claire Graham permalink
      January 28, 2012 4:32 pm

      YES!!!, I agree with you completely!

      • McKenna W. permalink
        January 28, 2012 7:44 pm

        I agree with you brooklyn! I think badger is to nice to turn any one away because he is afraid to hurt their feelings. It makes me wonder if Rat was purposely trying to lead Mole away from Badger.

    • Richie Makowski permalink
      January 28, 2012 10:59 pm

      I do agree that it was mysterious but I think its more mysteriuous than scary.

    • Ariana Martorano permalink
      January 29, 2012 5:36 pm

      I agree with you jade the mood is mysterious and also a little scary, but i think it was also a little nerve recking, he is lost in the wood’s i mean that is pretty nerve recking but for the most part i do agree.

    • Mackenzie Callahan permalink
      January 29, 2012 8:04 pm

      I agree with mood and the frightening, mysterious feeling while in the woods. Also, Mr. Badger does seem like the man you described him as.

      • Taylor House (NOT VICTORIA!SHE'S THE OTHER HOUSE!) permalink
        January 29, 2012 10:10 pm

        I agree with you all. I see that Badger is kind to both strangers and friends, unless of course he has a reason to not be.

    • Danielle Dennis permalink
      February 12, 2012 4:27 pm

      I agree completely. Badger is nothing like Rat said. I was so surprised when he was actually kind, and he had a heart of gold. I also saw why Rat told him about Badger that way. I never thought of it like that. I see it now because Mole is so adventurous and he just tries to meet everyone in the worst ways. Being Mole, he WOULD go looking for Badger.

  3. Brent Morgan permalink
    January 26, 2012 4:34 pm

    1.) I think that the setting Kenneth Grahame tried to show was dangerous and gloomy. I think he wanted readers to know that the Wild Wood is not the kind of place anyone would want to be in. I also think that by making the Wood seem scary, he put more emphasis on the term “Wild Wood”.

    2.) Mr. Badger, at least to me, is like a combination of Mole and Rat. He is generous and layed back. As evidence from the story, he would let anyone lost in the snow or the Wood into his home, like the two young hedgehogs.No, he was not the kind of character he seemed to be due to Rat’s warnings. He is different because he does exactly opposite of what Rat said he would do. I think Rat described him the way he did because he was to afraid to see Badger for himself, maybe due to rumors that went around.

    • Jade rocks permalink
      January 27, 2012 8:04 pm

      I agree what you said about the Badger. He is a combination, like he can be two people at once.

    • Brooklyn Bachmann permalink
      January 28, 2012 1:48 pm

      I agree that Mr.Badger is a combination between the mole and the rat. He is extremely generous and layed back. He did give them shelter from the snow after all. Everyone expects him to be rude and selfish but I don’t think it’s physically possible for him to reject anyone or hurt anyone’s feelings. He can be two people at once! I also agree that the author tries to emphasis on the ” Wild Woods” because it is very important that as the readers we understand how the mole is feeling when he was alone in the woods and in Mr. Badger’s house.

      • Hannah Gedwill permalink
        January 29, 2012 1:16 pm

        I agree with everything Brooklyn and Jade said. Mr. Badger isn’t too kind, and isn’t too laid back and relaxed.

    • Dajanai Lyles permalink
      January 28, 2012 2:56 pm

      I agree that he is layed back and he is very caring to everyone. And he is not the kind of character Rat descried him as.

      • McKenna W. permalink
        January 28, 2012 7:37 pm

        I agree he is way differant than Rat made him sound, he is deffinitly i mix between the two characters. He is very nice to every one.

        • Bri Simons permalink
          January 29, 2012 12:08 pm

          sorry i cant agree. i think this is all just some kind of game for Mr. Badger. he is only being nice at the moment. just think about where he lives. why would he live in a dark , sacry place like that if he was not mean to people. he must live there because he does not like anyone.

          • Bri Simons permalink
            January 29, 2012 12:12 pm

            woops i put this in the wrong place this goes under were Mckenna wrote

            Mckenna w.

            I agree with you brooklyn! I think badger is to nice to turn any one away because he is afraid to hurt their feelings. It makes me wonder if Rat was purposely trying to lead Mole away from Badger.

            P.S. Sorry!

          • Carli Cortina permalink
            January 29, 2012 1:33 pm

            But Badger doesn’t seem like Toad, someone who changes at any moment. Badger seems like a true person.

          • Sabrina Shafer permalink
            January 29, 2012 7:04 pm

            I think that Rat just doesn’t want Mole to know Mr. Badger. Mr. Badger is very nice and I think that Rat doen’t even really know Mr. Badger at all. I think he just wants to keep Mole afraid of Mr. Badger

          • Sabrina Shafer permalink
            January 29, 2012 7:11 pm

            I disagree. I think that Badger lives in the Wild wood not because he is a bad guy or he is hiding his true self , but because maybe he likes the calm of the woods and if there are others that get lost there he could help them and maybe he just wants to stay away from others that may not like him and just want to start rumors about him being mean when he isn’t.

          • Danielle Dennis permalink
            February 12, 2012 4:31 pm

            I disagree so much on that. If he was just hiding it, don’t you think he would have at least showed signs of it?

    • Joseph Kokoszka permalink
      January 28, 2012 9:15 pm

      I agree that Rat told Mole about Badger in a different way. Rat did not want Mole to become fond of him due to his nice and caring ways.

    • Jack lohman permalink
      January 29, 2012 2:29 pm

      I agree that the author picked that name because it suited the woods the best

    • Ariana Martorano permalink
      January 29, 2012 5:38 pm

      I agree with you also the scene does at some points become a little darker and gloomy, i also agree because the feelings he presents in this scene do not seem like a situation any one would want to be in so i just about toatly agree with you.

    • jenny keating permalink
      February 8, 2012 5:20 pm

      Yes yes, very true, very true indeed. Your take on badger is alot differant from mine but now that i think of it, it does make sense that he acts like both the characters in one, Except he is not adventurous at all.

  4. Brooklyn Bachmann permalink
    January 27, 2012 11:28 am

    I think the mood in chapter three is supposed to be a paranoid sort of effect. The reason I think that is the mood is because the mole keeps seeing things like,” Evil wedge-shaped faces, looking out at him from a hole. When he turned and confronted it, the thing had vanished.” By this statement,I think that the face is warning him to leave, but because he wanted to confront it, the face had to vanish adding suspence to the mole who is now obviously scared out of his mind. Also, the mole heard footsteps surrounding him leaving him with no place to go. The footsteps he heard got closer and closer until he saw a rabbit charging at him. ” In panic, he began to run too, aimlessly, he knew not whither. He ran against things, he fell over things and into things, he darted under things and dodged around things.” All the things he was running from, for all he knew, he was running right towards the sounds. He was in too much of a panic to judge himself and what he was doing so he just…. scurried around deeper into the woods in an attempt to escape the woods. That mistake of going deeper made the paranoid feeling and the panic flow throughout his body not knowing what to do next, or where to go. Afterall, this was his first journey through The Wild Woods. 🙂

    • Sabrina Shafer permalink
      January 29, 2012 7:07 pm

      I agree that the wild wood would make you feel paranoid and is not a good place to be in. I think that it is a way to make us think that our eyes, or Moles eyes are playing tricks on him and he is seeing things that are not there. Very creepy place.

    • Isabel Tinoco permalink
      January 29, 2012 7:34 pm

      I agree with your ideas of the mood of the story, you had very good detail! (;

  5. Brooklyn Bachmann permalink
    January 27, 2012 12:01 pm

    I think that Mr. Badger’s character is nothing the mole was expecting. From what he had heard, Mr. Badger was an old lonely badger who hated the world and wanted nothing to do with his fellow neighbors. It says, ” Badger hates society, and invitations, and dinner, and all that sort of thing.” Sharing this information with the mole makes the mole think that the badger hates everything the world has to offer. At this time the mole believes what the rat had said, but he still wants to be an acquaintance with Mr. Badger and will do whatever it will take to get him to even consider being acquaintances. Then, as it’s snowing, and the rat and the mole stumble upon Mr.Badger’s entrance and seek entry is when the mole discovers what the rat was hiding. Mr. Badger’s true character. It says,” The kindly badger thrust them down on a settle to toast themselves at the fire, and bade them remove their wet coats and boots. Then he fetched them dressing-gowns and slippers, and himself bathed the mole’s shin with warm water and mended the cut with sticking plaster till the whole thing was just as good as new, if not better.’ By this statement anyone can tell the mole was mistaken about the badger’s personality. Any person who hates society would not let two people in their house, and then give them his own clothes AND mend the mole’s cut by hand. This shows a person who cares. Everyone was mistaken about the badger. He is not the character I expected based on rat’s warnings. The rat described badger the way he was so the mole wouldn’t want to just try to escape into The Wild Woods when he was ready. The rat himself explained that there is so much you have to learn if you want to survive in the Wild Woods. And, that Mr. Badger’s home is right in the center of the Wild Woods.

    • Dajanai Lyles permalink
      January 28, 2012 2:52 pm

      I agree with you on how Mole was not exspecting Badger to be as nice as he was.

    • Claire Graham permalink
      January 28, 2012 4:31 pm

      I agree with you, I don’t think Mole was expecting Mr. Badger to act the way he did towards him.

    • Richie Makowski permalink
      January 28, 2012 10:57 pm

      I do think that the mole was probably serprised that Mr.Badger wasnt meen like rat said

    • Victoria House permalink
      January 29, 2012 12:45 pm

      I deeply agree on how Mole wasnt expecting Mr. Badger to be. I wouldnt either if some one discribed him to be someone he wasnt.

  6. Dajanai Lyles permalink
    January 28, 2012 2:16 pm

    I think in chapter three there are three different types of moods. In the beginning Mole wanted to venture out to Wild Wood, so at first he had an adventurous mood. Because he never went to Wild Wood before so he thought since the Rat didn’t take him that he would take himself. But then he started to see things like he saw “little narrow faces flashing up and down from their holes;” he also heard “a mutter that said, get out of here you fool get out.” So then the mood changed dramatically and turned into panic and paranoia. Now he is on the look out while he walks. Then at the end the mole feels relived that his friend the Rat came to save him.

  7. January 28, 2012 2:47 pm

    I think the setting that is set up to be frightening and gloomy and basically nowhere you want to be. For example both Rat and Mole saw strange figures , and things popping in and out of holes.I also think both of the animals are paranoid as they walk through the forest because of dark it looks.
    I was surprised to find out that badger wasn’t a mean cold soul at all he seems to care a lot about everything.He was almost the exact opposite of what Rat told Mole I think it was wrong of Rat to lie to Mole about badger . I think he fibbed about the animal because he didn’t want his friend wandering in the creepy forest.by himself ,

    • Madelyn Rogge permalink
      January 28, 2012 9:06 pm

      I think you are right about the mood in the story. I got a little creeped out when the auther was talking about the woods.

    • Morgan Ondrick permalink
      January 29, 2012 7:53 pm

      I agree with you about expecting the Badger to be a cold soul.

    • Mackenzie Callahan permalink
      January 29, 2012 8:01 pm

      I COMPLETELY agree with everything. The mood was dark and gloomy. And Mr. Badger is a caring “person”.

    • jenny keating permalink
      February 8, 2012 5:21 pm

      Yeah I agree! It was very gloomy >__< like reading a horror story.

  8. Jenny keating permalink
    January 28, 2012 3:01 pm

    In my opinion the mood of the this chapter in the story is a scary , horror effect. It reminded me alot of the disney movie Snow White, when she was wondering in the spookie forest. Mostly because mole thought he was seeing faces on the trees. If i was in this situation I would be pretty scared too! One example from the book that makes me think this is a a spookie mood is”there was a pat-pat-pat of little feet, still very long off. Was it infront of him or behind him?” This really reminded me of a scary movie, because mole is afraid of whats going on and does not know what is going to happen next! Those are all characteristics that remind me of a horror story. Bagder atfrist seemed to be a bit scary and mean , when he first opened the door and said if this happens again i will be very anger. I was wondering why rat has said he was a very nice fellow. Then when Rat told him who he was and Badgers attitude completely changed, so did my opinion od him. He seemed to be much kinder and happier. Badger and Rat are close friends, and rat described him very well. Badger even though he is very nice does not like to be social in anyway . He prefers to be alone , but does not really mind company once in awhile. I think rat descirbed him the way he did because he in a way looks up to badger. I think this because of how much it seemed like he adored him . I thought bagder would be a kind of grouchy. I thought this because badgers are big and mean. Rat is a nice person so maybe he just had discribed badger in a nice way because he can always find the good in people i thought. I was wrong thought because badger even though he is very very antisocial he is truely a nice guy!

    • shelby grys permalink
      January 28, 2012 8:45 pm

      I agree with your point that Mr. Badger prefers to be alone, but does not mind company once in awhile.

    • Victoria House permalink
      January 29, 2012 12:43 pm

      I agree with the setting description of the story. It actually does seem like the Disney movies, happy to scary.

    • Caitlyn Dixon permalink
      January 29, 2012 4:51 pm

      I agree with you on how the trees looked like the trees in the Disney movie Snow White. The faces looking down on him like how they looked down on her. Creepy!

      • Sabrina Shafer permalink
        January 29, 2012 7:14 pm

        Yes,, I picture the trees like the one in the Snow White movie. But I think that they could also look like the Hefalump woods in Winnie the Pooh, when piglet was lost there with Rabbit.

    • Maisie Manthey permalink
      January 29, 2012 7:01 pm

      I agree with you on your description of Mr.Badger. He is antisocial, but he’s very kind to everyone. And how you described it as a scary movie is amazing! I knew it reminded me of something but I just couldn’t put my finger down on it. Great description of the scene with Mole, Jenny!

    • Madi Rodriguez permalink
      January 29, 2012 10:38 pm

      I thought the same exact thing when i was reading it. I pictured the part when snow white was running away from that one tree.

      • February 4, 2012 7:05 pm

        I pictured something like the snow white scene too , and I agree with your input of Mr. Badger how he is kind but at the same time is kind of like a loner

    • Nate Garner permalink
      March 2, 2012 9:27 pm

      I totaly agree with you, Jenny. The theme of this story is scary and it reminds me of a movie where things got suspenceful then came a twist ending, when mole was wondering through the woods, you expected something to jump out of the woods, but instead, he fell with a thud for an unexplained reason, which turned out to be a loose piece of metal. I guarantee that no one expected that. suspence makes people want to keep reading and figure out what happens next.

  9. Dajanai Lyles permalink
    January 28, 2012 3:40 pm

    Rat descried the Badger to be old lonely and mean and hates having dinner and doesnt like society. Rat descried him in a way that he doesnt like to be around people and he doesnt care about anyone. But really he turned out to be very nice and cared about everyone. He also is kind . I think Rat descried him that way beacsue maybe he was jelous of him beacause everyone likes him beacause of his personaility. Or maybe he just assumed that he was like that beacause he never came out so he assumed thta he doesnt like be people beacause he never came out.

    • Madelyn Rogge permalink
      January 28, 2012 9:12 pm

      i think you might be right about how Rat assumed that Badger was mean. That makes alot of sence when you think about it.

  10. Claire Graham permalink
    January 28, 2012 4:30 pm

    I think Kenneth Grahame was trying to create a scary, dangerous sort of mood. I think this because Rat kept telling Mole not to go out into the Wild Woods on his own. But, Mole didn’t listen, i think once mole got into the Wild Woods, he knew he should have listened because he began to get lost, and very frightened of the other animals. I think Kenneth Grahame tried to create the scary type of mood when the Winter storm began, and Mole and Rat could not find their way out of the Wild Woods. But, lucky for them, they found Mr. Badger.
    Mr. Badger is not the character i expected from Rat’s warnings. Actually, he is very different. Rat had said “Mr. Badger doesn’t like guests, especially unannounced, or uninvited.” This made me think that Mr. Badger, would not let Mole and Rat in. Although, he ended up letting them in, and he didn’t seem to mad that they were bot uninvited, and unannounced. I think Rat may have described Mr. Badger the way he did because i think maybe someone else had told Rat that, and Rat just passed it along to Mole.

  11. McKenna W. permalink
    January 28, 2012 7:33 pm

    1. I think the mood being set in chapter three is ment to be scary, and mysterious. It describes all the things mole is seeing. He sees the holes in the ground where other animals live and they, are described as scary faces. I think it is ment to be scary because he is lost in the woods alone, and any one would be scared if they where in that situation. When Rat finally finds Mole they still can’t find their way home, and the mystery of if they will ever make it home continues.

    2. When Mole and Rat stummble upon Badgers home Mole is suprised with how Badger reacts. In this chapter Badger is surprisingly kind, and inviting. He willingly allows Rat and Mole into his home and cares for them. Badger was the complete opposite of how Rat made him sound. I think Rat described him the way he did because he was afraid he would act that way. Another posibiltity of why Rat would have said these things is because he might not of wanted mole to go and be good friends with Bandger and leave Rat on his own.

    • Bri Simons permalink
      January 29, 2012 12:01 pm

      i can agree. the way that the water rat was telling mole about the Badger was all kinda mean. he was just saying that he is just stating that most people hate him. so when the mole did get to meet the badger he seemed to be shocked that he was so nice to him.

    • shelby grys permalink
      January 29, 2012 12:39 pm

      i agree with the point that the mood is mysterious

  12. shelby grys permalink
    January 28, 2012 8:39 pm

    I found chapter three to be a suspensful and dangerous mood . In the first part of moles adventure he was alone in a cold and dark forest . He gets lost and becomes scared ,and starts imagining things such as the faces in the holes of the trees and footsteps being heard around him. The suspense continues when rat is unable to find mole and realizes that he has to find him in the wild wood. Then the snow storm poses the problem that they can’t find their way back or any shelter for the time being . Near the end of they’re adventure, mole cuts his leg.

    At first according to Rat’s warning to Mole, our impresssion is that the Badger was an unhappy person that hated people. I disagree, I found that he is kind and has a warm heart. For example, he couldn’t leave Rat and Mole out in the cold, he invites them into his home. From my perspective, I think Rat heard from his own friends that Mr. Badger was lonely and assumed that he was mad and that he did not like people. When really, I think he just didn’t mind being by himself. The thing Mr. Badger dislikes is when people make such a fuss with formal invitations in order to have a visit with one another.

  13. Madelyn Rogge permalink
    January 28, 2012 8:59 pm

    In Chapter three one of the most descriptive parts was when Mole first went into the woods before Rat went to find him. I liked this part because it set the mood to a creepy scarry type and the auther makes you feel like you are in the woods. When Kenneth Grahame talks about the sounds in he forest is creates a verry scary mood. I think the Rat discribed Mr. Badger as he did to make sure Mole wouldent venture out into the woods. I think it is verry nice how much Rat cares about Mole. I think Mr. Badger is a sweet animal that will give aid to anyone who needs it. So all in all Rat was verry rong about Badger.

    • Maisie Manthey permalink
      January 29, 2012 7:02 pm

      I agree with you about all the description when Mole first went into the Mild Woods. The description was exactly as you said, creepy and scary. I completely agree with you.

  14. Joseph Kokoszka permalink
    January 28, 2012 9:12 pm

    1. The author really gave the reader a mood of what was happening in the story. When Mole became lost, the author really added a sense of fright in the chapter. The way he added the feet tapping behind Mole really added a sense of fright. That made the reader think someone is following him. Also the way he described the forest of how gloomy it was.
    2. Rat’s warnings did not describe Mr. Badger at all. Rat describes Badger as a shy and selfish animal. Mole then realizez that Rat was wrong when Badger excepts and takes them into his home. Mole tries to figure out why Rat said all those things about Badger. Somehow, Rat did not want Mole to make friends with him.

  15. Joseph Kokoszka permalink
    January 28, 2012 9:21 pm

    I do agree on the fact that the chapter had a mysterious mood. This is probably the reason why the Chapter was named “Wild Woods”

  16. Richie Makowski permalink
    January 28, 2012 10:55 pm

    The changes in the setting definitaly were an inportant factor of the mood. You had to think about the frightning things mole saw and decide wether they are real or a part of moles imagination. A good example is the faces appearing in the holes of the wild wood. Then theres the big changes in setting, when mole wakes up to a heavy snow fall after sleeping in the wild wood. I think that kennath is trying to set a mysterious and easily changed envirment.
    Mr.badger seems to be a very kind and generous ”person”. He is nothing like the water rate said he was. Mr.badger was not mad at all that they dropped in unexpected. While I read I brain stormed and I came to a conclusion that rat might of just said these lies because he didnt want to leave his beloved river. Water rat really loves his river its kind of weird and some what annoying

  17. Carli Cortina permalink
    January 28, 2012 11:21 pm

    When Mole first enters the Wood, it’s sort of mysterious with the crackling twigs and odd shaped plants like mosses. When the light got dimmer and the trees crouched closer together, it gives off a “horror-movie” vibe. Kenneth Grahame then puts in some lines that implay Mole getting scared, which makes the chapter give a darker tone. The lines are: “Then the faces began.”, “Then the whistling began.”, and “Then the pattering began.”. The way Grahame describes the faces let you see them and gets you sucked into the moods of scary, dark, and evil. It makes me think of the scene in Snow White (Yeah, I know, Snow White) when she first enters that creepy forset while she’s running away from the Queen and all the eyes stare out at her. Grahame describes the whistling as “faint and shrill” and how it first seemed to be in back of him and then in front, makes it, again, sound like a horror movie. And, lastly, when Grahame says how the pattering’s volume got louder and how it too moved in front of and behind him has frightening tones. The overall mood represents terror and mysteriousness. Mole’s first solo trek did not go so well… 🙂

  18. Carli Cortina permalink
    January 29, 2012 11:37 am

    The Badger was probably not what Mole had expected. Once Badger realized it was Mole and Rat, he welcomed them in, even thought they were “unexpected”. Badger regarded them with kindness at that late hour. Badger offered them a place by the fire and supper, which is nothing like what Rat said about him hating Society and guests. Badger gave them dressing-gowns and slippers, so they could get out of their wet clothes. mole later finds out that Badger doesn’t hate Society but, in fact, finds it to not matter. Badger seems to be a kind and warm-hearted creature. He does care. When Rat and Mole woke up the next morning, they found two young hedgehogs eating porrige. Rat may has described him in that way because Rat may not have visited him in a while and was just listening to rumors from other animal or Rat was recalling his (the Badger’s) past character. Or, maybe, the Rat could have been worried that Mole might like Badger better than he.

  19. Bri Simons permalink
    January 29, 2012 11:56 am

    when the mole first went into the woods, it was more like the author was trying to make it mysterious but scary at the same time. she seems to make it seem like one of those moments when you are thinking about running away or not. as the mole gets farther into the woods. the mood i feel is just creep. but because it makes you want to keep jumping ahead to find out what will happen. Mr. Badger seems to be a nice person. he seems to be the complete oppisite of what the water rat was saying about him. but i think that Mr. Badger wil turn out to be what the water rat said he was. I think this because maybe the badger wants the mole to think of him as a nice person, but when the mole really gets to know him he will turn into the Badger that the water rat said he was. that is just what it seems to be. if he is nice to the mole but is told to be mean then he might just be mean.

    • Carli Cortina permalink
      January 29, 2012 1:35 pm

      But WHY would Badger do a complete 180? Maybe Mole will start to annoy him?

  20. Victoria House permalink
    January 29, 2012 12:41 pm

    I think the setting of the story was to be happy at first and then change to gloomy and mysteroius when it was getting darker. My first example would be when Mole first went into the woods everything was all happy and cheery. The trees were dancing in the wind, leaves were falling smothly, and all of it was described as a beautiful sight to see. Once the sun went down, everything had started to change. The falling leaves quickly turned into footsteps, andfrightning faces were being seen in the burrows. I also think the author was showing you how quickly the mood could change inside the story (happy to frightning).
    I totally think Mr. Badger is a different person that Rat said he was. Infact I think he may be the complete opposite of what Rat said. Mr. Badger is a caring and thoughtful person to everyone one he meets. It was kind of him to let Mole and Rat in to eat, and sleep, since it was very cold out. When Mole and Rat came in, he became very social, and generous twards them. Also when he let those freezing, cold children in from the ”Wild Woods” and let them eat some warm poorage. I think rat described him differently because he wanted Mole to stay around him and not to go find Mr. Badger.

  21. shelby grys permalink
    January 29, 2012 12:49 pm

    the thing that confuses me is that rat warned mole that the badger was mean but he did have nice things to say about him as well . Which makes me think if theres a story behind why he has good and bad thoughts on badger.

    • January 29, 2012 2:40 pm

      yes that confused me also and it made me wonder why the rat told mole that mr badger was that kind of person.

  22. Hannah Gedwill permalink
    January 29, 2012 12:58 pm

    I think the mood of Chapter 3 was gloomy, suspenseful, and frightening at the same time. In the beginning, Mole roams the dark, mysterious forest alone. When he was in the spooky forest, Mole heard footsteps all around him. That gave this chapter the horror feel. The Mole quickly dashed away when he heard the footsteps slowly creeping closer. But, what he didn’t know, is that the creature was just a rabbit. Then, as the Mole went deeper and deeper into the forest, the sounds seemed to be gaining on him. As he tried to attempt to escape the forest, the suspenseful and panicked feel grew. Now, the Mole should know what to expect when he enters The Wild Wood.

  23. Hannah Gedwill permalink
    January 29, 2012 1:12 pm

    I think Mr. Badger’s character shocked and surely surprised the Mole. The only thing that Mole thought he knew was that Mr. Badger was a elderly, lonely man who didn’t want to be bothered by his neighbors and hated the world. But sure enough, Mole was wrong. But, considering some of the things Mr. Badger told Mole, I don’t blame Mole for thinking that Mr. Badger hated the world and his neighbors. So, right now, Mole believes everything the Rat has explained to him. Then as Mole and Rat are exploring in the snow, they seek Mr. Badger’s entry way. Then, Mole discovers what Rat had been hiding all along. Mole and Rat realize Mr. Badger’s true character short after. Mr. Badger is truly a kind badger who helped the Mole and Rat out by providing food AND warm clothes. The badger also helped heal the Mole’s minor injury. So, Rat was very mistaken for Mr. Badger’s real personality.

    • Jack lohman permalink
      January 29, 2012 2:30 pm

      i agree with you about Badger he is very nice and help out anyone

      • bella alberico permalink
        January 29, 2012 5:52 pm

        i also agree. i also agree because i didn’t why the rat said he was all these awful things. but he wasn’t anything but nice.

        • Sabrina Shafer permalink
          January 29, 2012 7:17 pm

          I think the Rat is a rumor starter and he just wanted to scare Mole. Badger is a nice guy and not the monster that Rat made him out to be. I think that Rat just did not want Mole to meet Badger at all.

    • January 29, 2012 2:39 pm

      i gree with you hannah i think that the mle might have even been a little scared to meet mr badger because of what rat told him he was like.

      • McKayla Holmes permalink
        January 29, 2012 4:28 pm

        i also agree with hannah for the same reasons as bryson, mole might have seemed a little frightened to meet Mr. Badger just because of the way that rat had described Mr. Badger to mole.

  24. Jack lohman permalink
    January 29, 2012 2:26 pm

    1) Kenneth Grahame wanted the perspective of the setting to be creepy,dark, gloomy, forest. in the forest mole goes in to the forest alone and he hears foot steps and gets scared. I think that because of that the woods are called the Mild Woods.

    2) Mr. Badger is the kind old animal that is very nice. Rat was mistaken for the for the way he thought of Badger. Badger was so nice he even helped out mole injury. the way i think of Badger it the guy you could ask for sugar.

  25. January 29, 2012 2:37 pm

    Well I think that the author was trying to get you jumpy and very wondrous and excited. An example is when mole was describing what he heard around him. The creeks of the trees, the tapping of the little feet coming at him, an then the whistling wind blowing against his cold furry face. Also when the author was describing when the mole and the rat were treading through the snow. And another when the rat was describing how the snow was knee deep and by the time they got home they would be walking ice.

    My hypothesis was that Mr badger was going to be just like rat said he was. The reason I thought that was because rat seams trust worthy and also seems nice enough not to lie. But as I thought I was wrong, he is a very nice person just like Mr toad. The reason my prediction was wrong is because rat said he is very mean and doesn’t like visitors but he was wrong.

  26. Caitlyn Dixon permalink
    January 29, 2012 4:08 pm

    I belive the mood in the 3rd chapter is gloomy and uterly frighting. The mood did change completly from happy and shining to gloomy and frighting. Like in the beginning of the story, Mole was walking around in the dark forest, he heard footsteps in front of him and when he turned around they were also in the back of him. When he found out the nosies all around him were those of just a rabbit, he kept walking deeper and deeper into the forest and the ture horror began as he felt he was being watched.

    • McKayla Holmes permalink
      January 29, 2012 4:31 pm

      i think that you are right. the mood in the third chapter was very gloomy. also, i like the way you put the feeling into words by saying it was utterly frightening. i felt like there was something that was going to pop out of no where the entire time reading chapter 3. the clues that you had given of why you were feeling that way was right to. he had heard foot steps all around him. do you feel the way that i do on how the entire time you felt like something was going to just out and attack mole and rat. i mean they are really tiny.

  27. McKayla Holmes permalink
    January 29, 2012 4:25 pm

    1) the mood i think that the author is trying to create is feeling creepy. also, the mood could be scared. i think this because the author likes to say wild wood a lot, and makes it sound like a really dangerous place. Also i think this because when the author says there were many holes and eyes that would pop out of them for just a minute to see who was there. this made me feel like there was a huge mystery behind everything that goes on in the Wild Woods.

    2) I think that Mr. Badger was nothing that mole was expecting. in my perspective i think that he is kind, and a very good “man.” i think this because he lets mole and rat in with no problem at all. Badger is not that character i thought he would be based upon rats description. i think this because rat made him sound like a bad mean person. i think that he would have done this just so mole wouldn’t go out on his own like he had looking for Mr. Badger. That is why i think that rat described him the way that he had.

    • bella alberico permalink
      January 29, 2012 5:50 pm

      i agree that ch.3 had a very creepy mood to it. i agree because the setting was the woods all dark and random holes and things popping up at him. also because he is in a new place by him self in a place where he has never been before.

      • McKayla Holmes permalink
        January 30, 2012 6:27 pm

        were you the same way like did you feel like something was going to pop out and eat you our um mole!!!?!?!?!?!?!

  28. Caitlyn Dixon permalink
    January 29, 2012 4:48 pm

    The character of Bager is he is always kind and generous to all people even if they are strangers. He can’t really turn down anyone because he’s not at all that kind of person. When mole first met him he was kind and gentle and fixed up moles leg after he cut it when he fell. When I read what rat said about Bager I was not exspecting that he would be completely nice and very thing thats different from what Rat said about him. I think Rat said that he was mean because he might have gotten on his bad side and completely forgot how nice he really is.

  29. bella alberico permalink
    January 29, 2012 5:46 pm

    i think the setting he tried to set is creepy and frightening. i believe the mood did a complete 360 from chapters one and two to chapters three and four. i think the author is trying to say being in a place by your self that you have never been to before can be very scary and dangerous.
    i think mr.badger is nothing how rat said he would be. when rat described him i thought he was going to be mean and rude and all stuck up. but he let the mole and rat in with no problam and seems like a very nice man,

    • Emily Laxton Zackavec permalink
      February 5, 2012 1:26 pm

      yes from to exiting and adventuriouse to dangriouse and creepy agree with you all the way. it do something like a 360. 🙂

  30. Ariana Martorano permalink
    January 29, 2012 5:57 pm

    1) I think the mood the author was trying to present was more along the lines of fearful and dangerious and even nerve recking, the mole is lost in the wood’s basicly alone,and scared. He cant find his way home through the storm. In my opinion since the wood’s that he is lost in is called the “wild wood’s” this would be a scary and confusing situation for anyone. The felling of this chapter was along the side of mysterious yet creepy. I know that’s the way i would feel and the feeling i got while reading this chapter so this is my opinion.

    2) When mole and rate come upon badger’s house he is not only kind and inviting but willing to care for them. He invite’s them into his home, and rather act’s like a good friend. The reaction the badger has to them coming upon his home is rather suprising to the mole because of the way the water rat presented him to be. When he invite’s them in he act’s like family. He also treates his visitors like friend’s or people he has knowen his whole life. So the answer i have is no he is not like what i expected concidering the water rat’s warning’s. I think that maby the reason the water rat describe’s him the way he does is maby because, he want’s to keep the mole to him self it’s kind of like saying “he’s mine and you cant have him”.

    • Emily Laxton Zackavec permalink
      February 5, 2012 1:23 pm

      I agree with you on the thought that story is fearful and dangeriouse i felt the same way. it gave me a feeling that i didnt want to fall asleep to.

    • Ashland Johnston permalink
      March 7, 2012 7:50 pm

      I don’t think the Rat is like that. I think he kept the truth from him so Mole wouldn’t go wondering into the woods alone to see for himself.

  31. Sarah Bollino permalink
    January 29, 2012 6:30 pm

    1)The author of the wind and the willow made the setting of the wild woods mysterious, gloomy, and a little strange. Kenneth Grahame gave the woods the name the wild woods beacause he was showing its characteristics. By giving it the name he showed the readers right away that it wasnt a type of forest you would want to take a walk in.
    2) Bager is the complete opposite of what rat made him seem like. Mr. Bager is a kind generous charecter. In the story bager let the two heghogs stay at his house during the horrible snow storm. This event showed bagers kindness.

    • February 4, 2012 7:09 pm

      I COMPLETLY agree with your setting description I’d probably be in panic if I had to walk in a forest like that

    • Autumn Eales permalink
      February 11, 2012 9:07 am

      Hmm, I never thought of the name of the woods like that! Now that you mention it the title “Wild Woods” fits it perfectly. I also agree with your description on Mr. Badger… he turned out to be a wise, generous animal/person .

  32. Maisie Manthey permalink
    January 29, 2012 6:56 pm

    1. I think the mood that Kenneth Grahame was trying to put onto the readers was a great sense of mystery, suspense, and fear. Like when the Water Rat was trying to warn Mole of not going into the Mild Woods. Also, when the faces started appearing to Mole gave off a sense of fear and mysteriousness. Reading about mole’s first steps into the Mild Forrest and seeing the faces made me think that Mole was paranoid of his surroundings, so in the end that was only making things worse for him. Especially when Mole went into the hole in the tree to stay for the night from being lost. That sounded to me as if it put a lot of fear into Mole’s being. And potentially doubled his felling of being paranoid.

    2. Mole had definitely not been expecting Mr.Bader to be the way he was when he had first met him. Mr.Badger was very caring. He+doesn’t have a mean bone in his body! Mr.Badger is very kind weather you are a stranger or a friend of his. I think that Rat may of described Mr.Badger of being the complete opposite of what he explained to Mole could be for numerous reasons. Two that I thought could be possible were that Rat didn’t want Mole to become closer friends with Mr.Badger than with him. Or Mr.Badger and Rat could’ve been in a fight once and never made up, and Rat never got over it so he just decided to take his anger out on Mr.Badger by telling Mole the complete opposite of how he was. Hoping that Mole wouldn’t actually get to meet him or himself.

  33. Sabrina Shafer permalink
    January 29, 2012 6:58 pm

    I think the author Kenneth Grahame was trying to make us feel frightened and fearful of the Wild Wood and what we might see there or what might happen. He is building up the anticipation of what Mole might see . He sets a scarry setting especially when Mole imagines seeing faces appearing in the woods. He wants you to feel that Wild Wood is a scary place and you should not go there.
    Mr . Badger is a kind and nice badger. He is not at all like what Rat had described him to be. He gave them shelter from the snow and he is kind to them. I think Rat just made him out to be a bad guy from just rumors and where he lives. How could a nice guy live in such a spooky place?

    • Nate Garner permalink
      February 8, 2012 8:32 pm

      In a way I agree with you, sabrina. It is wierd that a nice guy lives in such a spooky place, but thats not why he lives there. He lives there because he doesn’t like company. He may like peace and quite, and the calming sounds of the wild wood. At night it gets creepy, but he may like it better than having neighbors. who knows why some people do crazy things, why does Charlie sheen do drugs? Why do people get tatoos? No one has an obvious reaon to do anything, for the most part.

  34. Isabel Tinoco permalink
    January 29, 2012 7:34 pm

    1.) I think the setting of the story that the author, Kenneth Grahame, was trying to give was gloomy and maybe mysterious and creepy as they got deeper into the woods. One example from the story was when the sun went down everything changed, from the leaves falling and the trees dancing in the wind to the creepy footsteps and frightening faces in the burrows. “The Wild Wood” is defiantly an appropriate title for this chapter. Because reading this you didn’t know what would happen which really gave it that wild effect. The detail describing the mood made a real vision in your head and took you through the creepy feeling of walking through these woods.
    2.) Mr. Badger is NOTHING like Rat described. Rat made it seem like Mr. Badger was a bitter character that hated everything.Rat said that Mr. Badger hated unexpected, uninvited visits but, when Rat and Mole visited he didn’t seem to mind. Mr. Badger was also very welcoming to them. This event showed that Mr. Badger was very different from what Rat had described.

    • Morgan Ondrick permalink
      January 29, 2012 7:52 pm

      I completly agree with you about everything!

  35. Morgan Ondrick permalink
    January 29, 2012 7:50 pm

    I think the author wanted the mood to be dark, mysterious, and frightening. I think he wanted the reader to connect with the feelings Mole had while in the forest. I also think he wanted us to see how frightened the Mole was, and start to realize why the Rat didn’t want him to go back there.
    Mr.Badger is not how Mr.Rat described him to be. He is kind, and genorous to new people that he meets. I think he probably gives everyone he meets a chance. Maybe Mr.Rat described him this way because they might have had a rough past and Mr.Rat is trying to protect Mole from that.

  36. Mackenzie Callahan permalink
    January 29, 2012 7:59 pm

    In chapter 3 the author is kind of setting the mood of scary movie like, while Mole is walking through the woods he is basically scared out of his mind and does not know what to do. It is like when in a scary movie they are walking through the dark, abandoned house waiting for that thing to pop out! And the pitter patter noise that was going on was the music to it. It was a spine chilling feeling that kept you on the edge of your seat.
    Mr. Badger is nothing like Rat said! In my opinion anyway. Because he said he was shy and mean and does not like visitors, invitations, etc. When they were trapped in the storm he let them in almost immediately. He was out-going and made them feel right at home when they were there. He seems like a generous, happy man.

    • Taylor House (NOT VICTORIA!SHE'S THE OTHER HOUSE!) permalink
      January 29, 2012 10:08 pm

      I agree with both of your answers. I see Badger as being the complete opposite of how Rat described him. Also, I think that the author tried to make the mood just as you descibed it…..scary.

    • Madi Rodriguez permalink
      January 29, 2012 10:42 pm

      I agree, he was nothing like Rat said. But he was mean before Rat explained that it was him at the door so i thought that Badger was only mean to people he didn’t know.

  37. Nate Garner permalink
    January 29, 2012 9:43 pm

    The mood I feel the author is trying to illistrate is suppensefull. He wants you to feel as if you’re watching a horror movie, but its not like a horror movie. Those movies are suspenseful, but you know people are going to die. In this book, the author has given clues about this story being pleasant and okay for children, but the characters calling each other a “silly ass” kind of makes you wonder if this story will get more “rated R” (which would be PG in that time). These chapters make you feel as if something would hop out of the woods and add suspense to the story. Him cutting his leg made you believe that they-were screwed, but it was suspenseful.

    Badger is another climax added to the story, for the most part. He is like haggrid in the “Harry Potter” Series. He helps solve problems, and is like a father who always has good advice. He only wants to help, but is still very protective of his friends and territory. He knows what to do. Everybody will know him as the “resource” who fixes things, but a moment will come when he doesn’t know the answer and can’t fix it. This will add more climax to the story and get the reader to begin to think. “What will they do now?” “How can they fix this?”
    “That was their only resource, there is no way to fix this problem, but every story has a happy ending, HAS YOU’RE MIND EXPLODED YET?!” All of these thing makes a story worth reading. Readers want to see how things end up, or suffer the wrath of curriosity. Badger is another climax that keeps people reading. Thats what puts this book on the “Top 100 best books of all time” list. Keep reading my friends.

    • Ashland Johnston permalink
      March 7, 2012 7:47 pm

      I agree that it is like a horror movie and that it should be closer to rated R, but just be glad it isn’t rated G.

  38. Danielle Dennis permalink
    January 29, 2012 10:03 pm

    The setting was like a scary movie… An old scary movie. The woods seem like the last place you want to be. It seems a predator or something was going after him. Again, Mole got way too ahead of himself in being adventurous. From what I read, he could have been hurt! He was trying to get you to hope Mole was okay and to run different ways, and my thought was, “GET OUT OF THE FOREST!” He ran into Badger. He was nothing like Rat said! He was a jolly man. Maybe a LITTLE shy, but he let strangers into his house and helped them.. He loved visitors and was so happy. If what Rat said was true, Badger was hiding it and rolling out the welcome wagon.

  39. Taylor House (NOT VICTORIA!SHE'S THE OTHER HOUSE!) permalink
    January 29, 2012 10:05 pm

    1. In my opinion, Kenneth Graham tried to have a scary mood. All of the discriptions of the Wild Wood were so in depth that it was almost frightening. I believe that he was trying to give his audience a visual discription of what mole was going through. For example, the author described the rabbit’s eyes almost as if they weren’t rabbits, but more dreadful animals. He is so descriptive that he makes the mood of the story like a horror movie in chapter 3.
    2. To me, thhe badger is nothing like rat described him as. Unlike how rat described him, I saw that the badger was considerate and cared for the mole and rat like a kind person would. Rat described him as shy and despised society. Only he was completely wrong with his views. Badger brought in the rat, mole, and 2 hedgehogs who were lost in the snow. I see that he is an extremely helpful animal who cares for others.

  40. Madi Rodriguez permalink
    January 29, 2012 10:36 pm

    1.) While I was reading chapter 3, to be honest I got sort of scared when the book said ” and he knew it for nothing else but the pat-pat-pat of little feet still a very long way off. Was it in front or behind? It seemed to be first one, and then the other, then both. It grew and it multiplied” I got scared because I could perfectly picture that scene in my mind, and I was so into the book that I thought it was actually happening to me. I think this is what Kenneth Grahame was trying to do to the audience. Because I thought the mood was a dark and mysterious sort of thing. Because when i think of the woods I think of a haunted creepy place, like that one scene in “Snow White”. So pretty much, Mole was terrified the whole time, just thinking of all the bad things that could happen. And over thinking how scared he was.

    2.)Mr. Badger is a very “to himself” type of person. He lives in the forest where none of the characters dared to go. Rat Warned Mole that he doesn’t like company or even people for that matter. When Rat and Mole finally found his home, Badger had a very cold tone of voice and was unwelcoming. Until Rat explained who they were. Then Badger seemed to be very nice the moment after he realized who was at his door. Badger was both different and the same from what Rat told Mole. He’s the same because when Badger wasn’t aware of who was at his door he seemed very mean and disturbed because he said “`Now, the VERY next time this happens,’ said a gruff and suspicious voice, `I shall be exceedingly angry. Who is it THIS time, disturbing people on such a night? Speak up!” But once Rat explained who they were Badger was automatically welcoming saying ” `What, Ratty, my dear little man!’ exclaimed the Badger, in quite a different voice. `Come along in, both of you, at once. Why, you must be perished.” And that’s very different from what Rat was saying. I think Rat explained Badger the way he did because he seems very mean to strangers. Or maybe it’s from what Rat has heard from other people.

  41. kathy Patino permalink
    January 30, 2012 4:38 pm

    This is a bit late but here it is

    1. The setting was kinda eerie to me but yet sneaky. The Pat-Pat part gave me a visual of like a kinda stalker feel haha. And I connected to this scene because evereyone has those nights when they had just finished watching something scary and cant sleep. Or when your so paranoid that you start to hear things and get freaked out.

    2. The badger reminds me of Madi Rodriguez because the other day she told me that her teachers said that she was to herself and the badger likes to be left alone. Also doesnt allow many to enter his home which I think is kinda funny. Because its kinda like when older siblings say ” Dont go in my room!” which is exactly what i say to my little brother (: haha.

    • Autumn Eales permalink
      February 11, 2012 9:05 am

      I completely agree. Especially at the pat-pat part. I visualized some creepy stalker in the woods.I also agree with the “don’t go into my room!”, most people don’t like others snooping through their rooms.

      • Jade rocks permalink
        April 16, 2012 7:18 pm

        Me too! That was my favorite part of Kathy’s answer too. It’s true that no one wants their personal stuff invaded. It’s an invasion if privacy and no one else’s business.

  42. Emily Laxton Zackavec permalink
    February 5, 2012 1:17 pm

    This is super late but here it is

    1. The setting to me perosnally in this story is very misteriouse and somewhat lerking. Sorta like someone following you home at night. The setting is very creepy and gives the whole book a sort of intensity to it. This makes me think of the book as a mixture of mystery and adventure. it gives you the feeling like someones watching you after you read it and like kathy said give you paranoid feeling.

    2.The Badger is very layed back and still coragiouse. He isnt what many expected and is still nonpredictable. He reminds me some of my brother because hes very to himself but still out there and adventurouse. This is a characteristic that makes Badger a very entertaining character. The Badger only alows few to go into his home. This makes you realize hes very to himself This is why im enjoying this book alot reminding me of many people.

  43. February 8, 2012 5:14 pm

    Jenny i agree when you said it reminds you of snow white. Because i have seen that movie like a whole lot of times and i always think of that scene is creepy, and when i read that part of that book i thought it was like a horror movie

  44. Autumn Eales permalink
    February 11, 2012 9:02 am

    1.) The mood I was feeling from the story was eerie or mysterious. It was the kind of
    eerie-ness that gets you alert to every sound. Even the smallest of creaks makes you jump. I believe the author was trying to have you visualize a frightening setting. Oh, and like Kathy said in a few comments above… the pat-pat-pat part makes you think of a stalker.

    2.) Badger seems to be a very “to himself” character. He reminds me of a hermit who doesn’t want to associate with society. Despite that he has this “intelligent” feel to him. He always has advice for the others.

  45. Kyle Laite permalink
    February 12, 2012 2:21 pm

    1.) The mood that I feel the author is trying to create is a creepy and eerie mood. I think that she also created a sort of paranoid mood that makes you feel like somebody is watching you. The pat-pat-pat really creates this mood.
    2.) Badger is a nice character. He let mole and rat into his house and was very kind to them. But he does seem like a smart character who just keeps to himself.

    *Sorry its so late*

  46. Ashland Johnston permalink
    March 7, 2012 7:39 pm

    1) The mood is supposed to be dark and creepy as a Tim Burton movie. It was very misterious and it made you want to keep on reading to see what would happen next. There are dark figures everywhere and random things poping out of random holes. She makes it that way so she could surprise you with something friendly. For example….

    2) ….The Badger is actually caring and friendly. I guess it’s like one of those things when you see a really tough guy with a high voice, well if that has ever happened to you. Anyway, the Rat described him as a guy who wants nothing to do with anyone but himself. He was really, really wrong. I think Rat explained him like that because he didn’t want people to know that he has a friend that lives in a dark creepy forest because they might go and look for him in the forest, and running and screaming out of the forest because they saw him and didn’t remember a thing the Rat had told them about him being nice.

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