The question is from Chapter 4.
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The narrator makes a special note of Badger's opinion about society. Badger embraced coversation, but put little store in manners or etiquette. Through Badger's speech later in the chapter, we come to understand that he thrives on what others leave behind.... things that are worked for and then forgotten, abandoned, or thrown away.
"Conversation was impossible for a long time; and when it was slowly resumed, it was that regrettable sort of conversation that results from talking with your mouth full. The Badger did not mind that sort of thing at all, nor did he take any notice of elbows on the table, or everybody speaking at once. As he did not go into Society himself, he had got an idea that these things belonged to the things that didn't really matter. (We know of course that he was wrong, and took too narrow a view; because they do matter very much, though it would take too long to explain why.)"
The Wind in the Willows