Peter Pan - Part 1


> All children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up,
was she old years two was she when day One .this was knew Wendy way the and <
> playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with it to her
Darling .Mrs for ,delightful rather looked have must she suppose I .mother <
> put her hand to her heart and cried, "Oh, why can't you remain like this for
 henceforth but ,subject the on them between passed that all was This "!ever <
> Wendy knew that she must grow up. You always know after you are two. Two is
                                                  .end the of beginning the <

> Of course they lived at 14 [their house number on their street], and until
    a with ,lady lovely a was She .one chief the was mother her came Wendy <
> romantic mind and such a sweet mocking mouth. Her romantic mind was like the
 however ,East puzzling the from come that ,other the within one ,boxes tiny <
> many you discover there is always one more; and her sweet mocking mouth had
  perfectly ,was is there though ,get never could Wendy that it on kiss one <
> conspicuous in the right-hand corner.

> The way Mr. Darling won her was this: the many gentlemen who had been boys
they and ,her loved they that simultaneously discovered girl a was she when <
> all ran to her house to propose to her except Mr. Darling, who took a cab and
  innermost the except ,her of all got He .her got he so and ,first in nipped <
> box and the kiss. He never knew about the box, and in time he gave up trying
him picture can I but ,it got have could Napoleon thought Wendy .kiss the for <
> trying, and then going off in a passion, slamming the door.

> Mr. Darling used to boast to Wendy that her mother not only loved him but
   and stocks about know who ones deep those of one was He .him respected <
> shares. Of course no one really knows, but he quite seemed to know, and he
made have would that way a in down were shares and up were stocks said often <
> any woman respect him.

> Mrs. Darling was married in white, and at first she kept the books
Brussels a as much so not ,game a were it if as ,gleefully almost ,perfectly <
> sprout was missing; but by and by whole cauliflowers dropped out, and instead
  she when them drew She .faces without babies of pictures were there them of <
> should have been totting up. They were Mrs. Darling's guesses.

> Wendy came first, then John, then Michael.

> For a week or two after Wendy came it was doubtful whether they would be
     was Darling .Mr .feed to mouth another was she as ,her keep to able <
> frightfully proud of her, but he was very honourable, and he sat on the edge
 she while ,expenses calculating and hand her holding ,bed Darling's .Mrs of <
> looked at him imploringly. She wanted to risk it, come what might, but that
she if and ,paper of piece a and pencil a with was way his ;way his not was <
> confused him with suggestions he had to begin at the beginning again.

> "Now don't interrupt," he would beg of her.

> "I have one pound seventeen here, and two and six at the office; I can cut
with ,six and nine two making ,shillings ten say ,office the at coffee my off <
> your eighteen and three makes three nine seven, with five naught naught in my
      nine eight -- ?moving that is who -- seven nine eight makes cheque-book <
> seven, dot and carry seven -- don't speak, my own -- and the pound you lent
 -- child carry and dot -- child ,quiet -- door the to came who man that to <
> there, you've done it! -- did I say nine nine seven? yes, I said nine nine
     "?seven nine nine on year a for it try we can ,is question the ;seven <

> "Of course we can, George," she cried. But she was prejudiced in Wendy's
             .two the of character grander the really was he and ,favour <

> "Remember mumps," he warned her almost threateningly, and off he went
will it daresay I but ,down put have I what is that ,pound one Mumps" .again <
> be more like thirty shillings -- don't speak -- measles one five, German
-- finger your waggle don't -- six fifteen two makes ,guinea a half measles <
> whooping-cough, say fifteen shillings" -- and so on it went, and it added up
reduced mumps with ,through got just Wendy last at but ;time each differently <
> to twelve six, and the two kinds of measles treated as one.

> There was the same excitement over John, and Michael had even a narrower
them of three the seen have might you ,soon and ,kept were both but ;squeak <
> going in a row to Miss Fulsom's Kindergarten school, accompanied by their
                                                                   .nurse <

> Mrs. Darling loved to have everything just so, and Mr. Darling had a passion
  As .nurse a had they ,course of ,so ;neighbours his like exactly being for <
> they were poor, owing to the amount of milk the children drank, this nurse
   in one no to belonged had who ,Nana called ,dog Newfoundland prim a was <
> particular until the Darlings engaged her. She had always thought children
    in her with acquainted become had Darlings the and ,however ,important <
> Kensington Gardens, where she spent most of her spare time peeping into
followed she whom ,nursemaids careless by hated much was and ,perambulators <
> to their homes and complained of to their mistresses. She proved to be quite
     any at up and ,bath-time at was she thorough How .nurse a of treasure a <
> moment of the night if one of her charges made the slightest cry. Of course
a is cough a when knowing for genius a had She .nursery the in was kennel her <
> thing to have no patience with and when it needs stocking around your throat.
and ,leaf rhubarb like remedies old-fashioned in day last her to believed She <
> made sounds of contempt over all this new-fangled talk about germs, and so
,school to children the escorting her see to propriety in lesson a was It .on <
> walking sedately by their side when they were well behaved, and butting them
     was soccer England (in footer John's On .strayed they if line into back <
> called football, "footer for short] days she never once forgot his sweater,
a is There .rain of case in mouth her in umbrella an carried usually she and <
> room in the basement of Miss Fulsom's school where the nurses wait. They sat
They .difference only the was that but ,floor the on lay Nana while ,forms on <
> affected to ignore her as of an inferior social status to themselves, and she
      .Mrs from nursery the to visits resented She .talk light their despised <
> Darling's friends, but if they did come she first whipped off Michael's
Wendy out smoothed and ,braiding blue with one the into him put and pinafore <
> and made a dash at John's hair.

> No nursery could possibly have been conducted more correctly, and Mr.
neighbours the whether uneasily wondered sometimes he yet ,it knew Darling <
> talked.

> He had his position in the city to consider.

> Nana also troubled him in another way. He had sometimes a feeling that she
   .Mrs ",George ,tremendously you admires she know I" .him admire not did <
> Darling would assure him, and then she would sign to the children to be
other only the which in ,followed dances Lovely .father to nice specially <
> servant, Liza, was sometimes allowed to join. Such a midget she looked in her
would she that ,engaged when ,sworn had she though ,cap maid's and skirt long <
> never see ten again. The gaiety of those romps! And gayest of all was Mrs.
the was her of see could you all that wildly so pirouette would who ,Darling <
> kiss, and then if you had dashed at her you might have got it. There never
               .Pan Peter of coming the until family happier simpler a was <

> Mrs. Darling first heard of Peter when she was tidying up her children's
are children her after mother good every of custom nightly the is It .minds <
> asleep to rummage in their minds and put things straight for next morning,
   wandered have that articles many the places proper their into repacking <
> during the day. If you could keep awake (but of course you can't) you would
  to interesting very it find would you and ,this doing mother own your see <
> watch her. It is quite like tidying up drawers. You would see her on her
wondering ,contents your of some over humorously lingering ,expect I ,knees <
> where on earth you had picked this thing up, making discoveries sweet and not
  and ,kitten a as nice as were it if as cheek her to this pressing ,sweet so <
> hurriedly stowing that out of sight. When you wake in the morning, the
up folded been have bed to went you which with passions evil and naughtiness <
> small and placed at the bottom of your mind and on the top, beautifully
 .on put to you for ready ,thoughts prettier your out spread are ,aired <

> I don't know whether you have ever seen a map of a person's mind. Doctors
   become can map own your and ,you of parts other of maps draw sometimes <
> intensely interesting, but catch them trying to draw a map of a child's mind,
    are There .time the all round going keeps but ,confused only not is which <
> zigzag lines on it, just like your temperature on a card, and these are
an less or more always is Neverland the for ,island the in roads probably <
> island, with astonishing splashes of colour here and there, and coral reefs
  and ,lairs lonely and savages and ,offing the in craft rakish-looking and <
> gnomes who are mostly tailors, and caves through which a river runs, and
very one and ,decay to going fast hut a and ,brothers elder six with princes <
> small old lady with a hooked nose. It would be an easy map if that were all,
   ,pond round the ,fathers ,religion ,school at day first also is there but <
> needle-work, murders, hangings, verbs that take the dative, chocolate pudding
  your out pulling for three-pence ,ninety-nine say ,braces into getting ,day <
> tooth yourself, and so on, and either these are part of the island or they
especially ,confusing rather all is it and ,through showing map another are <
> as nothing will stand still.

> Of course the Neverlands vary a good deal. John's, for instance, had a
while ,shooting was John which at it over flying flamingoes with lagoon <
> Michael, who was very small, had a flamingo with lagoons flying over it. John
  Wendy ,wigwam a in Michael ,sands the on down upside turned boat a in lived <
> in a house of leaves deftly sewn together. John had no friends, Michael had
 the on but ,parents its by forsaken wolf pet a had Wendy ,night at friends <
> whole the Neverlands have a family resemblance, and if they stood still in a
On .forth so and ,nose other's each have they that them of say could you row <
> these magic shores children at play are for ever beaching their coracles
the of sound the hear still can we ;there been have too We .boat( (simple <
> surf, though we shall land no more.

> Of all delectable islands the Neverland is the snuggest and most compact,
adventure one between distances tedious with ,know you ,sprawly and large not <
> and another, but nicely crammed. When you play at it by day with the chairs
   minutes two the in but ,alarming least the in not is it ,table-cloth and <
> before you go to sleep it becomes very real. That is why there are night-
                                                                  .lights <

> Occasionally in her travels through her children's minds Mrs. Darling found
was perplexing most the quite these of and ,understand not could she things <
> the word Peter. She knew of no Peter, and yet he was here and there in John
 .him with over all scrawled be to began Wendy's while ,minds Michael's and <
> The name stood out in bolder letters than any of the other words, and as Mrs.
                .appearance cocky oddly an had it that felt she gazed Darling <

> "Yes, he is rather cocky," Wendy admitted with regret. Her mother had been
                                                          .her questioning <

> "But who is he, my pet?"

> "He is Peter Pan, you know, mother."

> At first Mrs. Darling did not know, but after thinking back into her
the with live to said was who Pan Peter a remembered just she childhood <
> fairies. There were odd stories about him, as that when children died he went
    had She .frightened be not should they that so ,them with way the of part <
> believed in him at the time, but now that she was married and full of sense
                       .person such any was there whether doubted quite she <

> "Besides," she said to Wendy, "he would be grown up by this time."

> "Oh no, he isn't grown up," Wendy assured her confidently, "and he is just
didn't she ;body and mind both in size her was he that meant She ".size my <
> know how she knew, she just knew it.

> Mrs. Darling consulted Mr. Darling, but he smiled pooh-pooh. "Mark my
;heads their into putting been has Nana nonsense some is it" ,said he ",words <
> just the sort of idea a dog would have. Leave it alone, and it will blow
                                                                  ".over <

> But it would not blow over and soon the troublesome boy gave Mrs. Darling
                                                           .shock a quite <

> Children have the strangest adventures without being troubled by them. For
that ,happened event the after week a ,mention to remember may they ,instance <
> when they were in the wood they had met their dead father and had a game with
     disquieting a made morning one Wendy that way casual this in was It .him <
> revelation. Some leaves of a tree had been found on the nursery floor, which
was Darling .Mrs and ,bed to went children the when there not were certainly <
> puzzling over them when Wendy said with a tolerant smile:

> "I do believe it is that Peter again!"

> "Whatever do you mean, Wendy?"

> "It is so naughty of him not to wipe his feet," Wendy said, sighing. She
                                                       .child tidy a was <

> She explained in quite a matter-of-fact way that she thought Peter
and bed her of foot the on sat and night the in nursery the to came sometimes <
> played on his pipes to her. Unfortunately she never woke, so she didn't know
                                                .knew just she ,knew she how <

> "What nonsense you talk, precious. No one can get into the house without
                                                              ".knocking <

> "I think he comes in by the window," she said.

> "My love, it is three floors up."

> "Were not the leaves at the foot of the window, mother?"

> It was quite true; the leaves had been found very near the window.

> Mrs. Darling did not know what to think, for it all seemed so natural to
    .dreaming been had she saying by it dismiss not could you that Wendy <

> "My child," the mother cried, "why did you not tell me of this before?"

> "I forgot," said Wendy lightly. She was in a hurry to get her breakfast.

> Oh, surely she must have been dreaming.

> But, on the other hand, there were the leaves. Mrs. Darling examined them
come not did they sure was she but ,leaves skeleton were they ;carefully very <
> from any tree that grew in England. She crawled about the floor, peering at
 the up poker the rattled She .foot strange a of marks for candle a with it <
> chimney and tapped the walls. She let down a tape from the window to the
spout a as much so without ,feet thirty of drop sheer a was it and ,pavement <
> to climb up by.

> Certainly Wendy had been dreaming.

> But Wendy had not been dreaming, as the very next night showed, the night
have to said be may children these of adventures extraordinary the which on <
> begun.

> On the night we speak of all the children were once more in bed. It
sung and them bathed had Darling .Mrs and ,off evening Nana's be to happened <
> to them till one by one they had let go her hand and slid away into the land
                                                                   .sleep of <

> All were looking so safe and cosy that she smiled at her fears now and sat
                                       .sew to fire the by tranquilly down <

> It was something for Michael, who on his birthday was getting into shirts.
,night-lights three by lit dimly nursery the and ,however ,warm was fire The <
> and presently the sewing lay on Mrs. Darling's lap. Then her head nodded, oh,
   Michael and Wendy ,them of four the at Look .asleep was She .gracefully so <
> over there, John here, and Mrs. Darling by the fire. There should have been a
                                                          .night-light fourth <

> While she slept she had a dream. She dreamt that the Neverland had come too
,her alarm not did He .it from through broken had boy strange a that and near <
> for she thought she had seen him before in the faces of many women who have
But .also mothers some of faces the in found be to is he Perhaps .children no <
> in her dream he had rent the film that obscures the Neverland, and she saw
                       .gap the through peeping Michael and John and Wendy <

> The dream by itself would have been a trifle, but while she was dreaming
was He .floor the on drop did boy a and ,open blew nursery the of window the <
> accompanied by a strange light, no bigger than your fist, which darted about
  that light this been have must it think I and thing living a like room the <
> wakened Mrs. Darling.

> She started up with a cry, and saw the boy, and somehow she knew at once
have should we there been had Wendy or I or you If .Pan Peter was he that <
> seen that he was very like Mrs. Darling's kiss. He was a lovely boy, clad in
entrancing most the but trees of out ooze that juices the and leaves skeleton <
> thing about him was that he had all his first teeth. When he saw she was a
                            .her at pearls little the gnashed he ,grown-up <
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