Peter Pan

  • Chapter 1 Peter Breaks Through

  • Narrator

    All children, except one, grow up.

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  • They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this.

  • One day when she was two years old she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with it to her mother.

  • I suppose she must have looked rather delightful, for Mrs. Darling put her hand to her heart and cried,

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    Mrs. Darling

    “Oh, why can't you remain like this for ever!”

  • Narrator

    This was all that passed between them on the subject, but henceforth Wendy knew that she must grow up.

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  • You always know after you are two.

  • Two is the beginning of the end.

  • Narrator

    Of course they lived at 14 [their house number on their street], and until Wendy came her mother was the chief one.

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  • She was a lovely lady, with a romantic mind and such a sweet mocking mouth.

  • Her romantic mind was like the tiny boxes, one within the other, that come from the puzzling East, however many you discover there is always one more;

  • and her sweet mocking mouth had one kiss on it that Wendy could never get, though there it was, perfectly conspicuous in the right-hand corner.

  • The way Mr. Darling won her was this: the many gentlemen who had been boys when she was a girl discovered simultaneously that they loved her, and they all ran to her house to propose to her except Mr. Darling, who took a cab and nipped in first, and so he got her.

  • He got all of her, except the innermost box and the kiss.

  • He never knew about the box, and in time he gave up trying for the kiss.

  • Wendy thought Napoleon could have got it, but I can picture him 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 respected him.

  • He was one of those deep ones who know about stocks and shares.

  • Of course no one really knows, but he quite seemed to know, and he often said stocks were up and shares were down in a way that would have made any woman respect him.