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Pilgrim’s Inn and The Perfect-Eaved House

Posted by: Louise Bequette

Tue Sep 2nd 2008 10:30 am (PDT)

There is a reference in Pilgrim’s Inn to Wind in the Willows and -apparently in ” Wind In The Willows” – a reference to the Perfect-Eaved House in the same book. A friend and I have looked many times in WIW trying to find the remark. It sounds like it would be Toad Hall but we have never found it. Is it in an English edition and not in American editions – or what?

A curious reader – Louise – in mid-Missouri

Hi Louise,

The swallows in the Chapter Wayfarers All page 161 ,say to Rat ” The call of lush meadow-grass, wet orchards, warm insect-haunted ponds, of browsing cattle, of hay making, and all the farm buildings clustering round the House of the perfect Eaves?” My copy of WIW is a 1961 re-print. I don’t think the American copy is different.

If you mean Sally mentioning it in Pilgrims Inn, she says it the first time she met Lucilla at Damerosehay. p160


I am now wondering the original source of the phrase: House of the Perfect-Eaves. Guess I will have to do some online searching. Wonder if there is an Annotated Wind in the Willows.

I don’t think I had paid much attention to that chapter in recent years. The central chapter in the book when they find the little otter is quietly wonderful one – and know I have read some studies on it. I have a vested interest in children’s literature since I was a librarian before retirement. I never read WIW until my mid-30s and could not get my children interested in it.


I found at copy, and it isn’t the only edition, there is at least one other. Happy Hunting


KENNETH GRAHAME. My Dearest Mouse: The ‘Wind in the Willows’ Letters.