The Insides of Things

by Caleb Roberts

It was a cold still afternoon with a hard steely sky overhead, when he slipped out of the warm parlor into the open air.  The country lay bare and entirely leafless around him, and he thought that he had never seen so far and so intimately into the insides of things as on that winter day when Nature was deep in her annual slumber and seemed to have kicked the clothes off.  Copses, dells, quarries and all hidden places, which had been mysterious mines for exploration in leafy summer, now exposed themselves and their secrets pathetically, and seemed to ask him to overlook their shabby poverty for a while, till they could riot in rich masquerade as before, and trick and entice him with the old deceptions.

Kenneth Grahame | The Wind in the Willows