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borne! Then such escapes, such disguises, such subterfuges, and all so cleverly planned and carried out! Been in prison — got out of it, of course! Been thrown into a canal — swam ashore! Stole a horse — sold him for a large sum of money! Humbugged everybody—made 'em all do exactly what I wanted! Oh, I am a smart Toad, and no mistake! What do you think my last exploit was? Just hold on till I tell you —”

“Toad,” said the Water Rat, gravely and firmly, “you go off upstairs at once, and take off that old cotton rag that looks as if it might formerly have belonged to some washerwoman, and clean yourself thoroughly, and put on some of my clothes, and try and come down looking like a gentleman if you can; for a more shabby, bedraggled, disreputable-looking object than you are I never set eyes on in my whole life! Now, stop swaggering and arguing, and be off! I'll have something to say to you later!”

Toad was at first inclined to stop and do some talking back at him. He had had enough of being ordered about when he was in prison,