Thursday, May 1, 2008

Which way to Toad Hall?

Well who have we here? Why it's the irrepressible Mr. Toad from Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows. Some animal rights activists complain about such depictions of clothed animals. I say, show me a fictional toad that wasn't meant to be dressed up in the finest bespoke frippery, and I'll show you a boring toad. Animals mustn't be abused, but they also mustn't be forbidden to ignite our imaginations in fictional states.

(illustrations by E.H. Shepard)

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