The Wind in the Willows

Why did mole cry out in chapter 1?

In chapter 1, mole cried out. Why?
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Here is a quote from Ch 1,

It was small wonder, then, that he suddenly flung down his brush on the floor, said 'Bother!' and 'O blow!' and also 'Hang spring-cleaning!' and bolted out of the house without even waiting to put on his coat.

He was just tired of whitewashing and spring cleaning.