Provenance: Jean Gourlay, later Jean Ames, (1917-2003). By direct descent to the current owner.
Toad adopts the disguise of a washerwoman to escape from gaol:
`You're the very image of her,' she giggled, `only I'm sure you never looked half so respectable in all your life before. Now, good-bye, Toad, and good luck. Go straight down the way you came up; and if any one says anything to you, as they probably will, being but men, you can chaff back a bit, of course, but remember you're a widow woman, quite alone in the world, with a character to lose.'
Published: K. Grahame, The Wind in the Willows, Methuen, 1908, pg. 185.