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Mole End

Moles may not fly high but they dig deep.

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Welcome to "Mole End".

"Mole End" and "Dolcedomum" Explained

Both my site name and my screen name come from chapter five of Kenneth Grahame's classic children's novel The Wind in the Willows. It is also a wonderful novel for adults, in fact, I first read the book in my early 30's. Mole is my favorite character in all of literature, and "Mole End" is his humble home. The stories told in the book start with Mole setting off on a journey to "River Bank" where he is befriended by Ratty. Together they have many adventures (as well as some misadventures, thanks to Toad). The episodes primarily take place at "River Bank", in "Wild Wood" and in the local town (where people live). But in chapter five Mole and Ratty take refuge in "Mole End" during a blizzard on Christmas Eve.

If you wish to read chapter five: Dulce Domum, this link should take you there - http://www.literatureproject.com/wind-willows/wind-willows_5.htm .

Yes, I know I use Dolcedomum as a screen name but the chapter is entitled Dulce Domum! That was a stupid mistake on my part. Instead of pulling the book from my shelves to check on the spelling, I trusted an internet search. I later learned that "dolce" (Italian for "sweet") is often confused with "dulce" (Spanish for "sweet"). "Domum" is Latin for "home" so either way it translates the same.

"Mole End" is my safe "sweet home" on the internet. Or as the last sentence of chapter five reads "But it was good to think he had this to come back to; this place which was all his own, these things which were so glad to see him again and could always be counted upon for the same simple welcome."