‘“Why, where are you off to, Ratty?” asked the Mole in great surprise, grasping him by the arm.
‘“Going south, with the rest of them,” murmured the Rat in a dreamy monotone, never looking at him.’
The Wind in the Willows
Kenneth Grahame, 1908
‘Syd breezed in,’ says Mike Leonard, ‘a sparkling, ebullient character, buoyant and bouncy, and full of energy. Later, he went strange in the head, but you would never have realised. There wasn’t any shadow hanging over him. The others could be remote and standoffish, superior in some way. You would ask them a question and they would not deign to reply. But Syd was always a warm and happy guy.'