Kenneth Grahame's masterpiece, The Wind in the Willows, describes the adventures of five friends, four of whom are, apparently, bachelors.
We can infer that Mole was a bachelor since (1) he did his own spring-cleaning, and (2) his larder consisted of only a tin of sardines, some captain's biscuits, and a bottle of Old Burton ale (see chapter 5: Dulce Domum). This is pretty basic fare, and typical of any young fellow living on his own.
The author makes it quite clear that Badger was a lifelong bachelor. Besides, he obviously had little time for domesticity since, it has to be said, his home and personal attire, although comfortable, were rather shabby.
Toad, who was rich, could easily afford to employ servants, although they are never mentioned directly. In any case, one could imagine that he would have had not the slightest idea of how to boil an egg.
Otter, who is not too much involved in the story, was happily married and had already started a family.
This leaves the Water Rat. Ratty's larder was obviously well-stocked, since he could put together a fine alfresco meal at a moment's notice (see chapter 1: The River Bank). Ratty's picnic hamper contained:
You get the idea. I can't imagine a bachelor, living on his own, having such a comprehensive range of victuals to hand. However, here's the killer (see chapter 11, 'Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears', which takes place mostly in Ratty's home):
The Toad was simply wild with jealousy, more especially as he couldn't make out for the life of him what the Mole had done that was so particularly clever; but, fortunately for him, before he could show temper or expose himself to the Badger's sarcasm, the bell rang for luncheon.
Now, if the bell rang for luncheon, then someone must have rung it, and I don't think that it was the pizza delivery boy. So, here's my question: did Ratty have a housekeeper (or was there some other domestic arrangement of which we can only speculate), or is there something that I have missed?