Provenance: Jean Gourlay, later Jean Ames, (1917-2003). By direct descent to the current owner.
Published: K. Grahame, The Wind in the Willows, Methuen, 1908, pg. 180.
During his escape from gaol Toad runs into trouble at the station:
"`Look here! I find I've left my purse behind. Just give me that ticket, will you, and I'll send the money on to-morrow? I'm well-known in these parts.' The clerk stared at him and the rusty black bonnet a moment, and then laughed. `I should think you were pretty well known in these parts,' he said, `if you've tried this game on often. Here, stand away from the window, please, madam; you're obstructing the other passengers!'
An old gentleman who had been prodding him in the back for some moments here thrust him away, and, what was worse, addressed him as his good woman, which angered Toad more than anything that had occurred that evening.""