Peter Pan - Part 2

> Mrs. Darling screamed, and, as if in answer to a bell, the door opened, and
 the at sprang and growled She .out evening her from returned ,entered Nana <
> boy, who leapt lightly through the window. Again Mrs. Darling screamed, this
   down ran she and ,killed was he thought she for ,him for distress in time <
> into the street to look for his little body, but it was not there; and she
thought she what but nothing see could she night black the in and ,up looked <
> was a shooting star.

> She returned to the nursery, and found Nana with something in her mouth,
 had Nana window the at leapt he As .shadow boy's the be to proved which <
> closed it quickly, too late to catch him, but his shadow had not had time to
                           .off it snapped and window the went slam ;out get <

> You may be sure Mrs. Darling examined the shadow carefully, but it was
                                              .kind ordinary the quite <

> Nana had no doubt of what was the best thing to do with this shadow. She
us let ;it for back come to sure is He" meaning ,window the at out it hung <
> put it where he can get it easily without disturbing the children."

> But unfortunately Mrs. Darling could not leave it hanging out at the
the of tone whole the lowered and washing the like so looked it ,window <
> house. She thought of showing it to Mr. Darling, but he was totting up winter
   keep to head his around towel wet a with ,Michael and John for great-coats <
> his brain clear, and it seemed a shame to trouble him; besides, she knew
  ".nurse a for dog a having of comes all It" :say would he what exactly <

> She decided to roll the shadow up and put it away carefully in a drawer,
        !me Ah .husband her telling for came opportunity fitting a until <

> The opportunity came a week later, on that never-to-be- forgotten Friday.
                                               .Friday a was it course Of <

> "I ought to have been specially careful on a Friday," she used to say
,her of side other the on was Nana perhaps while ,husband her to afterwards <
> holding her hand.

> "No, no," Mr. Darling always said, "I am responsible for it all. I, George
 .education classical a had had He ".CULPA MEA ,CULPA MEA .it did ,Darling <

> They sat thus night after night recalling that fatal Friday, till every
side other the on through came and brains their on stamped was it of detail <
> like the faces on a bad coinage.

> "If only I had not accepted that invitation to dine at 27," Mrs. Darling
                                                                   .said <

> "If only I had not poured my medicine into Nana's bowl," said Mr. Darling.

> "If only I had pretended to like the medicine," was what Nana's wet eyes
                                                                   .said <

> "My liking for parties, George."

> "My fatal gift of humour, dearest."

> "My touchiness about trifles, dear master and mistress."

> Then one or more of them would break down altogether; Nana at the thought,
a Many ".nurse a for dog a had have to not ought they ,true it's ,true It's" <
> time it was Mr. Darling who put the handkerchief to Nana's eyes.

> "That fiend!" Mr. Darling would cry, and Nana's bark was the echo of it,
right-hand the in something was there ;Peter upbraided never Darling .Mrs but <
> corner of her mouth that wanted her not to call Peter names.

> They would sit there in the empty nursery, recalling fondly every smallest
precisely so ,uneventfully so begun had It .evening dreadful that of detail <
> like a hundred other evenings, with Nana putting on the water for Michael's
                                   .back her on it to him carrying and bath <

> "I won't go to bed," he had shouted, like one who still believed that he
 six isn't it ,Nana .won't I ,won't I" ,subject the on word last the had <
> o'clock yet. Oh dear, oh dear, I shan't love you any more, Nana. I tell you I
                                          "!won't I ,won't I ,bathed be won't <

> Then Mrs. Darling had come in, wearing her white evening-gown. She had
the with ,evening-gown her in her see to loved so Wendy because early dressed <
> necklace George had given her. She was wearing Wendy's bracelet on her arm;
  her to bracelet her lend to loved Wendy .it of loan the for asked had she <
> mother.

> She had found her two older children playing at being herself and father on
                        :saying was John and ,birth Wendy's of occasion the <

> "I am happy to inform you, Mrs. Darling, that you are now a mother," in
.occasion real the on used have may himself Darling .Mr as tone a such just <

> Wendy had danced with joy, just as the real Mrs. Darling must have done.

> Then John was born, with the extra pomp that he conceived due to the birth
John but ,also born be to ask to bath his from came Michael and ,male a of <
> said brutally that they did not want any more.

> Michael had nearly cried. "Nobody wants me," he said, and of course the
                        .that stand not could evening-dress the in lady <

> "I do," she said, "I so want a third child."

> "Boy or girl?" asked Michael, not too hopefully.

> "Boy."

> Then he had leapt into her arms. Such a little thing for Mr. and Mrs.
Michael's be to was that if little so not but ,now recall to Nana and Darling <
> last night in the nursery.

> They go on with their recollections.

> "It was then that I rushed in like a tornado, wasn't it?" Mr. Darling would
              .tornado a like been had he indeed and ;himself scorning ,say <

> Perhaps there was some excuse for him. He, too, had been dressing for the
 an is It .tie his to came he until him with well gone had all and ,party <
> astounding thing to have to tell, but this man, though he knew about stocks
 to yielded thing the Sometimes .tie his of mastery real no had ,shares and <
> him without a contest, but there were occasions when it would have been
.tie made-up a used and pride his swallowed had he if house the for better <

> This was such an occasion. He came rushing into the nursery with the
                         .hand his in tie a of brute little crumpled <

> "Why, what is the matter, father dear?"

> "Matter!" he yelled; he really yelled. "This tie, it will not tie." He
,yes Oh !bed-post the Round !neck my round Not" .sarcastic dangerously became <
> twenty times have I made it up round the bed-post, but round my neck, no! Oh
                                               "!excused be to begs !no dear <

> He thought Mrs. Darling was not sufficiently impressed, and he went on
neck my round is tie this unless that ,mother ,this of you warn I" ,sternly <
> we don't go out to dinner to-night, and if I don't go out to dinner to-night,
   you ,again office the to go don't I if and ,again office the to go never I <
> and I starve, and our children will be flung into the streets."

> Even then Mrs. Darling was placid. "Let me try, dear," she said, and indeed
she hands cool nice her with and ,do to her ask to come had he what was that <
> tied his tie for him, while the children stood around to see their fate
but ,easily so it do to able being her resented have would men Some .decided <
> Mr. Darling had far too fine a nature for that; he thanked her carelessly, at
  with room the round dancing was moment another in and ,rage his forgot once <
> Michael on his back.

> "How wildly we romped!" says Mrs. Darling now, recalling it.

> "Our last romp!" Mr. Darling groaned.

> "O George, do you remember Michael suddenly said to me, `How did you get to
                                                         "'?mother ,me know <

> "I remember!"

> "They were rather sweet, don't you think, George?"

> "And they were ours, ours! and now they are gone."

> The romp had ended with the appearance of Nana, and most unluckily Mr.
not were They .hairs with trousers his covering ,her against collided Darling <
> only new trousers, but they were the first he had ever had with braid on
course Of .coming tears the prevent to lip his bite to had had he and ,them <
> Mrs. Darling brushed him, but he began to talk again about its being a
                                    .nurse a for dog a have to mistake <

> "George, Nana is a treasure."

> "No doubt, but I have an uneasy feeling at times that she looks upon the
                                                    .puppies as children <

> "Oh no, dear one, I feel sure she knows they have souls."

> "I wonder," Mr. Darling said thoughtfully, "I wonder." It was an
-pooh he first At .boy the about him telling for ,felt wife his ,opportunity <
> poohed the story, but he became thoughtful when she showed him the shadow.

> "It is nobody I know," he said, examining it carefully, "but it does look a
                                                                ".scoundrel <

> "We were still discussing it, you remember," says Mr. Darling, "when Nana
 your in bottle the carry never will You .medicine Michael's with in came <
> mouth again, Nana, and it is all my fault."

> Strong man though he was, there is no doubt that he had behaved rather
that thinking for was it ,weakness a had he If .medicine the over foolishly <
> all his life he had taken medicine boldly, and so now, when Michael dodged
  ".Michael ,man a Be" ,reprovingly said had he ,mouth Nana's in spoon the <

> "Won't; won't!" Michael cried naughtily. Mrs. Darling left the room to get
.firmness of want showed this thought Darling .Mr and ,him for chocolate a <

> "Mother, don't pamper him," he called after her. "Michael, when I was your
for ,parents kind ,you `Thank ,said I .murmur a without medicine took I age <
> giving me bottles to make we well.'"

> He really thought this was true, and Wendy, who was now in her night-gown,
  you medicine That" ,Michael encourage to ,said she and ,also it believed <
> sometimes take, father, is much nastier, isn't it?"

> "Ever so much nastier," Mr. Darling said bravely, "and I would take it now
              ".bottle the lost hadn't I if ,Michael ,you to example an as <

> He had not exactly lost it; he had climbed in the dead of night to the top
    the that was know not did he What .there it hidden and wardrobe the of <
> faithful Liza had found it, and put it back on his wash-stand.

> "I know where it is, father," Wendy cried, always glad to be of service.
his Immediately .her stop could he before off was she and ",it bring I'll" <
> spirits sank in the strangest way.

> "John," he said, shuddering, "it's most beastly stuff. It's that nasty,
                                                   ".kind sweet ,sticky <

> "It will soon be over, father," John said cheerily, and then in rushed
                                   .glass a in medicine the with Wendy <

> "I have been as quick as I could," she panted.

> "You have been wonderfully quick," her father retorted, with a vindictive
 said he ",first Michael" .her upon away thrown quite was that politeness <
> doggedly.

> "Father first," said Michael, who was of a suspicious nature.

> "I shall be sick, you know," Mr. Darling said threateningly.

> "Come on, father," said John.

> "Hold your tongue, John," his father rapped out.

> Wendy was quite puzzled. "I thought you took it quite easily, father."

> "That is not the point," he retorted. "The point is, that there is more in
And" .bursting nearly was heart proud His ".spoon Michael's in that glass my <
> it isn't fair: I would say it though it were with my last breath; it isn't
                                                                    ".fair <

> "Father, I am waiting," said Michael coldly.

> "It's all very well to say you are waiting; so am I waiting."

> "Father's a cowardly custard."

> "So are you a cowardly custard."

> "I'm not frightened."

> "Neither am I frightened."

> "Well, then, take it."

> "Well, then, you take it."

> Wendy had a splendid idea. "Why not both take it at the same time?"

> "Certainly," said Mr. Darling. "Are you ready, Michael?"

> Wendy gave the words, one, two, three, and Michael took his medicine, but
                                 .back his behind his slipped Darling .Mr <

> There was a yell of rage from Michael, and "O father!" Wendy exclaimed.

> "What do you mean by `O father'?" Mr. Darling demanded. "Stop that row,
                  ".it missed I -- I but ,mine take to meant I .Michael <

> It was dreadful the way all the three were looking at him, just as if they
as soon as ,entreatingly said he ",you of all ,here Look" .him admire not did <
> Nana had gone into the bathroom. "I have just thought of a splendid joke. I
it thinking ,it drink will she and ,bowl Nana's into medicine my pour shall <
> is milk!"

> It was the colour of milk; but the children did not have their father's
 the poured he as reproachfully him at looked they and ,humour of sense <
> medicine into Nana's bowl. "What fun!" he said doubtfully, and they did not
                       .returned Nana and Darling .Mrs when him expose dare <

> "Nana, good dog," he said, patting her, "I have put a little milk into your
                                                               ".Nana ,bowl <

> Nana wagged her tail, ran to the medicine, and began lapping it. Then she
red great the him showed she :look angry an not ,look a such Darling .Mr gave <
> tear that makes us so sorry for noble dogs, and crept into her kennel.

> Mr. Darling was frightfully ashamed of himself, but he would not give in.
it's" ,said she ",George O" .bowl the smelt Darling .Mrs silence horrid a In <
> your medicine!"

> "It was only a joke," he roared, while she comforted her boys, and Wendy
bone the to myself wearing my" ,bitterly said he ",good Much" .Nana hugged <
> trying to be funny in this house."

> And still Wendy hugged Nana. "That's right," he shouted. "Coddle her!
be I should why ,breadwinner the only am I !no dear Oh .me coddles Nobody <
> coddled--why, why, why!"

> "George," Mrs. Darling entreated him, "not so loud; the servants will hear
     .servants the Liza calling of way the into got had they Somehow ".you <

> "Let them!" he answered recklessly. "Bring in the whole world. But I refuse
            ".longer hour an for nursery my in it lord to dog that allow to <

> The children wept, and Nana ran to him beseechingly, but he waved her back.
proper the" ;cried he ",vain in ,vain In" .again man strong a was he felt He <
> place for you is the yard, and there you go to be tied up this instant."

> "George, George," Mrs. Darling whispered, "remember what I told you about
                                                               ".boy that <

> Alas, he would not listen. He was determined to show who was master in that
 her lured he ,kennel the from Nana draw not would commands when and ,house <
> out of it with honeyed words, and seizing her roughly, dragged her from the
 to owing all was It .it did he yet and ,himself of ashamed was He .nursery <
> his too affectionate nature, which craved for admiration. When he had tied
 ,passage the in sat and went father wretched the ,back-yard the in up her <
> with his knuckles to his eyes.

> In the meantime Mrs. Darling had put the children to bed in unwonted
John and ,barking Nana hear could They .night-lights their lit and silence <
> whimpered, "It is because he is chaining her up in the yard," but Wendy was
                                                                     .wiser <

> "That is not Nana's unhappy bark," she said, little guessing what was about
                      ".danger smells she when bark her is that" ;happen to <

> Danger!

> "Are you sure, Wendy?"

> "Oh, yes."

> Mrs. Darling quivered and went to the window. It was securely fastened. She
round crowding were They .stars with peppered was night the and ,out looked <
> the house, as if curious to see what was to take place there, but she did not
    a Yet .her at winked ones smaller the of two or one that nor ,this notice <
> nameless fear clutched at her heart and made her cry, "Oh, how I wish that I
                                          "!to-night party a to going wasn't <

> Even Michael, already half asleep, knew that she was perturbed, and he
"?lit are lights -night the after ,mother ,us harm anything Can" ,asked <

> "Nothing, precious," she said; "they are the eyes a mother leaves behind
                                             ".children her guard to her <

> She went from bed to bed singing enchantments over them, and little Michael
 were They ".you of glad I'm" ,cried he ",Mother" .her round arms his flung <
> the last words she was to hear from him for a long time.

> No. 27 was only a few yards distant, but there had been a slight fall of
to not deftly it over way their picked Darling Mother and Father and ,snow <
> soil their shoes. They were already the only persons in the street, and all
an take not may they but ,beautiful are Stars .them watching were stars the <
> active part in anything, they must just look on for ever. It is a punishment
it what knows now star no that ago long so did they something for them on put <
> was. So the older ones have become glassy-eyed and seldom speak (winking is
  really not are They .wonder still ones little the but ,(language star the <
> friendly to Peter, who had a mischievous way of stealing up behind them and
 his on were they that fun of fond so are they but ;out them blow to trying <
> side to-night, and anxious to get the grown-ups out of the way. So as soon as
   the in commotion a was there Darling .Mrs and .Mr on closed 27 of door the <
> firmament, and the smallest of all the stars in the Milky Way screamed out:

> "Now, Peter!"

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