The Wind in the Willows

What purpose does Badger play in the book?

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Although he is wise, respected, and feared, he is not above being compassionate and forgiving. He is always willing to assist those in need, especially friends. He takes in Mole and Rat without hesitation when they are lost in the Wild Wood. He gives them dry clothes and food and allows them to stay the night. He takes great pains in attempting to get Toad to behave responsibly during his motorcar craze and is still selfless towards him when his efforts do not work. He looks after Toad Hall while Toad is in jail and helps Toad retake his home when it is overrun with Weasels and Stoats.