Friday Mystery Author: March 23, 2007

Friday Mystery Author returns after a three-week hiatus and much needed break. If you are new to this series, every Friday we post a selection from literature more or less obscure. If you recognize the author and title, let us know in the comments. If not, just say hello.

This week, in honor of spring:

Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing. It was small wonder, then, that he suddenly flung down his brush on the floor, said `Bother!’ and `O blow!’ and also `Hang spring-cleaning!’ and bolted out of the house without even waiting to put on his coat. Something up above was calling him imperiously, and he made for the steep little tunnel which answered in his case to the gravelled carriage-drive owned by animals whose residences are nearer to the sun and air. So he scraped and scratched and scrabbled and scrooged and then he scrooged again and scrabbled and scratched and scraped, working busily with his little paws and muttering to himself, `Up we go! Up we go!’ till at last, pop! his snout came out into the sunlight, and he found himself rolling in the warm grass of a great meadow.

This is fine!’ he said to himself. `This is better than whitewashing!’ The sunshine struck hot on his fur, soft breezes caressed his heated brow, and after the seclusion of the cellarage he had lived in so long the carol of happy birds fell on his dulled hearing almost like a shout. Jumping off all his four legs at once, in the joy of living and the delight of spring without its cleaning, he pursued his way across the meadow till he reached the hedge on the further side.

It all seemed too good to be true. Hither and thither through the meadows he rambled busily, along the hedgerows, across the copses, finding everywhere birds building, flowers budding, leaves thrusting — everything happy, and progressive, and occupied.

Come back Monday to see the answer to this selection. The prior Friday Mystery author was February 16 and the answer is here. Thanks for visiting, and have a good weekend.

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One Response to “Friday Mystery Author: March 23, 2007”

  1. Friday Mystery Author: Kenneth Grahame « Zeal and Activity Says:

    […] Mystery Author: Kenneth Grahame This week’s Friday Mystery Author (the first return installment after a three-week break) was Kenneth Grahame, from The Wind in the […]

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