Could you please help to understand the following sentence's grammar:

Now, I'll fetch the wood and the coals, and you get a duster, Mole — you'll find one in the drawer of the kitchen table

(Kenneth Grahame: The Wind in the Willows, ch. 5)

Why 'a duster' but 'the wood' and 'the coals'? Many thanks!

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I guessed that this was from The Wind in the Willows, which you should have told us.

Ratty has already stated his intention of lighting a fire, so he refers to the fuel which he will need to do so. Presumably there is more than one duster in the house, and it doesn't matter which one Mole uses.

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