ROBERT SIEGEL, Host:
We join Mole and Rat in Chapter Five of "The Wind in the Willows," as they're finishing up a country stroll and heading back to Rat's home. The chapter is called "Dulce Domum," Latin for "Sweet Home," and it's read by actress Jennifer Mendenhall.
M: Let's have a look at them, jumping up and running to the door.
SIEGEL: He did not at all want to abandon the new life and its splendid spaces to turn his back on sun and air and all they offered him and creep home and stay there. The upper world was all too strong, it called to him still, even down there, and he knew he must return to the larger stage. But it was good to think he had this to come back to, this place which was all his own, these things which were so glad to see him again and could always be counted upon for the same simple welcome.
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