Peter Pan

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              A NOTE

   On the Acting of a Fairy Play

   The difference between a Fairy
Play and a realistic one is that in the
former all the characters are really
children with a child's outlook on life.
This applies to the so-called adults of 
the story as well as the young people.
Pull the beard off the fairy king, and
you would find the face of a child.

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 This, then, is the spirit of the play.
And it is necessary that all of you -
no matter what age you may have
individually attained - should be
children. PETER PAN will laughingly
blow the fairy dust in your eyes and
presto! You'll all be back in the nursery,
and once more you'll believe in fairies,
and the play moves on.

				J. M. Barrie
				[signature]

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Bedtime in the
  Darling nursery.

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Mr. Darling was such a fidget 
  that no servant would stay
  with him, and so the family 
had to have a dog for a nurse.

5
 "I won't be bathed, 
Nana, I won't!"

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"Who are you?"

7
"Clumsy!"

8
 "I have an uneasy feeling
at times that Nana looks upon
the children as puppies."

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"We must be good to Nana."

10
 "When I came into the
room tonight, I saw a face
at the window ...."

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"... the face of a little boy."

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"Two flights up?"

13
 "This is not the first time.
Last week I was drowsing
here by the fire ...."

14
 "I felt a draught and looked 
up, and in the center of the
room I saw that same little 
boy."

15
 "I screamed. Nana sprang at 
him. The boy leapt out of the 
window - and escaped ...."

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 ".... but not before the
window had closed and
cut his shadow clean off."

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"Looks like a scoundrel."

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"It's nobody I know."

19
 "But that isn't all. He was
accompanied by a ball of
light that darted about the
room like a living thing."

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"This is very unusual!"

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 "Oh, George, now you see
why we must be good to 
Nana."

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 "That boy may come back 
for his shadow."

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 "Please, dear, I'll get you
a lovely chocolate to take
after it."

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 "As an example to you,
Michael, I'd take some of
my own medicine - if I
hadn't lost the bottle."

25
 "I know where it is, Father
.... I'll bring it."

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"You take yours first."

27
"Come now, both together."

28
 "I meant to take mine,
but I missed it."

29
 "I refuse to allow that dog
to lord it over me in my own
house one hour longer!"

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 "George! Remember what
I told you - that boy!"

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 "Mother, dear, what time
was I born?"

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 "At twelve o'clock at
night, precious."

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 "Oh, Mummy, I hope I
didn't wake you!"

34
 "That's the way Nana
always howls when she
smells danger."

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 "Oh, how I wish father
and I were not going out
to a party tonight!"

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 "Can anything harm us,
Mummy, dear, after the
night lights are lit?"

37
 "Nothing, precious. They are
the eyes a mother leaves behind
her to guard her children."

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 "Dear night lights that protect
my sleeping babes, burn clear
and steadfast, tonight."

39
 "Tinker Bell! Tink,
where are you?"

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 "Tink, do you know where 
they've put it?"

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"In which drawer?"

42
"Boy, why are you crying?"

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"What's your name?"

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"Peter Pan."

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"What's yours?"

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"Wendy Moira Angela Darling."

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"Where do you live?"

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       "Second to the right and
then straight on till morning."

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"My shadow won't stick on."

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"Your mother will sew it on."

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"Don't have a mother."

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"I daresay it will hurt a little."

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"Cock-a-doodle-doo!"

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 "I'm clever! Oh, the
cleverness of me!"

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 "Well! If I am no use,
I can at least withdraw."

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 "I can't help crowing, Wendy,
when I am pleased with myself."

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 "Wendy, one girl is more 
use than twenty boys."

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 "I'll give you a kiss, Peter,
if you like."

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"Now shall I give you a kiss?"

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"Peter, how old are you?"

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 "I ran away the day 
I was born -"

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 "- because I heard father
and mother talking about
what I was to be when I
became a man."

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 "I don't ever want to be 
a man. I always want to 
be a little boy and to have 
fun."

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 "So I ran away and lived a
long time among the fairies."

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"Peter! You know fairies?"

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 "Yes, but they're nearly
all dead now."

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 "You see, Wendy, when the
first baby laughed for the first 
time, its laugh broke into a
million pieces and they all
went skipping about -"

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 "- and that was the
beginning of fairies."

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 "But children know such
a lot nowadays -"

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 "- and every time a child 
says, 'I don't believe in fairies',
there is a fairy somewhere 
that falls down dead."

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 "A fairy! Oh, Peter, if
she would only stand still
and let me see her!"

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 "She's called Tinker Bell
because she mends the
fairy pots and kettles."

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 "Oh, lovely! Peter, you
may give me a kiss."

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 "I don't mean a kiss. I
mean a thimble - like this."

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 "Tink says she will pull
your hair every time you 
give me a thimble."

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 "She said, 'You silly ass'.
She's quite a common little 
fairy, you know -"

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 "I'm going to the Never Never 
Land, to the Lost Boys - they
are always afraid of pirates when 
I'm away."

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 "The Lost Boys are the
children who fall out of their
perambulators when their
nurses aren't looking."

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"I'm captain!"

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 "Oh, Wendy, come and 
be our mother!"

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 "I'll teach you to fly and
you will tell us stories -"

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 "- and darn our socks 
and tuck us in at night."

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 "Of course, it's awfully 
fascinating, but ...."

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 "John, wake up! There is
a boy here who is to teach 
us to fly."

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 "He's going to take us to the
Never Never Land. He says
there are mermaids and 
redskins."

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"I say, I'll get up at once."

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"Hello, I am up."

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 "Michael, this boy is going to 
take us to the Never Never 
Land. He says there are pirates 
there."

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 "You just think lovely,
wonderful thoughts ...."

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 "... and they lift you
up in the air."

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"Come now - beautiful thoughts!"

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 "I forgot! - first I must blow 
the fairy dust on you."

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"I flewed! I flewed!"

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The Never Never Land -

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The Forest
   of Make-Believe.

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 "Everyone shudders at the
approach of Captain Hook!"

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 "'Twas Peter Pan cut off
me hand and flung it to
the crocodile."

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 "It liked the taste of me
so well it has followed me
ever since from sea to sea."

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 "In a way, Captain, it is
a sort of compliment."

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 "I will feed the crocodile
this clock - and before he
can ever reach me, I will
hear the tick - and bolt!"

101
 "To the day when I'll shake 
the hand of Peter Pan with
this. Oh, I'll tear him!"

102
 "Tink says Peter wants us 
to shoot the Wendy bird."

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"This isn't a bird -"

104
 "- it's a lady! I remember
ladies!"

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"A lady - and I have killed her!"

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 "Always when ladies used to
come to me in dreams I said,
'Pretty mother'. But when at
last she really came, I shot her!"

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 "Great news, boys. I have
brought at last a mother for 
us all."

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 "Dear Wendy, have you 
gone away?"

109
 "Will you never be here
any more to play? Wendy,
mother!"

110
 "And I thought it was only
flowers that died!"

111
"Oh, dastard hand!"

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"Strike, Peter - strike true!"

113
 "I cannot strike. There's
something stays my hand."

114
 "Strike me instead - then I
shall be with Wendy to help
her if she's frightened at being 
dead."

115
 "She lives - the Wendy
lady lives!"

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 "See, the arrow has struck 
against the kiss I gave 
her. It has saved her life!"

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 "Ay, that's a kiss. I
remember kisses."

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 "Tink's crying because 
the Wendy lives!"

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 "It was she who told me
to shoot the Wendy!"

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"Begone from me forever!"

121
 "- well, if not forever, for
a whole week anyway!"

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 "I have it - let's build a 
house round her!"

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"We must have a knocker!"

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 "And a chimney - we must
have a chimney!"

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 "Oh, Wendy lady, be
our mother!"

126
 "Of course, it's frightfully
fascinating -"

127
 "Very well, then, I shall be
your mother on one condition
- that Peter is willing to be 
father."

128
 "We attack the Lost 
Boys tonight."

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The underground home of
 the Lost Boys in the
 Never Never Land.

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 "Peter Pan is the sun. He
is the moon. He is the stars.
Us no let pirates hurt li'l boys."

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 "What Peter Pan give Tiger 
Lily for guarding him?"

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 "Wendy, I'm too big for 
a cradle."

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 "You are smallest - and a
cradle is such a homey thing
to have about the house."

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 "Got a thimble for me,
little woman?"

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 "There's nothing pleasanter of
an evening when the day's toil 
is over, than to sit by the fire
with one's smiling missus ...."

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 ".... and the little
ones near by."

137
 "I was just thinking - it's all
make-believe, I'm not really
their father - am I?"

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 "Peter, what are your exact 
feelings for me?"

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"Those of a devoted son, Wendy."

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 "You're so puzzling. Tiger Lily's
just the same. There's something
she wants to be to me, but she
says it's not my mother."

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 "Oh, dear! Oh, dear! I'm 
sure I sometimes think that
spinsters are to be envied!"

142
 "I expect it's just those
bothersome fairies again!"

143
 "You promised to tell us 
a story, Mother."

144
 "Well, once upon a time
there was a gentleman -"

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 "I had rather he had 
been a lady."

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 "There was a lady also
- and what do you think 
they had?"

147
"They had three descendants."

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 "I wish they had been
white rats."

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"What's descendants?"

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 "Well, white rats are
descendants -"

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 "- almost everything's
descendants."

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 "They flew away to the 
Never Never Land where
the Lost Children are."

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 "And though the children 
stayed away for many moons,
the beautiful mother always
left the window open for them
to fly back."

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 "I do like a mother's love
- don't you?"

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"I do just!"

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"It isn't that kind of a pain."

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 "Wendy, when I flew back 
to my mother's, the window
was barred -"

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 "- and there was another 
little boy sleeping in my bed."

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 "We must go home - perhaps
mother is in half mourning by
this time."

160
 "The first who does not
behave to Wendy like an
American gentleman, I'll
blood him severely."

161
 "Come with us - father and
mother will adopt you - it will
just mean putting a few beds
in the drawing room."

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 "Tinker Bell will take you
across the sea."

163
 "Get up and dress at once,
else I shall open the curtain
and we shall all see you in
your negligee."

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 "You must take your medicine 
before you go, Peter."

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"I'm not going!"

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 "Nobody's going to make 
me grow up."

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 "Peter, not even to find 
your mother?"

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 "No, I just want always 
to be a little boy and have 
fun."

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"Peter isn't coming."

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"Now then - no blubbering!"

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"It's over!"

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 "If the Indians have won
they'll beat the tomtom -
that's always their sign of 
victory."

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"Boys, goodbye."

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 "All turn away your faces
so that you can't see your
captain crying."

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"Goodbye, Wendy."

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 "Peter, you will remember 
about changing your flannels, 
won't you?"

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 "- and you'll take
your medicine?"

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"Peter, what are you to me?"

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"You are my - what?"

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"Your son, Wendy."

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 "Who's there, I say? I
won't open the door until
you speak."

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 "What! The Redskins
defeated?"

183
 "Wendy and the little boys
captured by the pirates?"

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"I'll rescue her!"

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"That's only my medicine."

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 "Poisoned? Nonsense! Who
could have poisoned it?"

187
 "Tinker Bell, you've drunk
my medicine -"

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"What's the matter with you?"

189
 "You're poisoned? You
did it to save my life?"

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 "Tink, dear, Tink, are
you dying?"

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"She's dying!"

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 "Her light is growing fainter
.... if it goes out .... that means
she's dead!"

193
 "Her voice is so low I 
can scarcely hear what 
she's saying ...."

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 "- she says she thinks she
could get well again if children
believed in fairies -"

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"DO YOU BELIEVE?"

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 "Oh, say quick that 
you believe!"

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 "If you believe, clap your 
hands ..... like this!"

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"Don't let Tinker Bell die!"

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"More ... MORE! ... That's it!"

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 "See! Her light is growing
stronger ...."

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"She is all right, now."

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"Oh, thank you! Thank you!"

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"And now to rescue Wendy!"

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In Kid's Creek the
   Jolly Roger floated
   immune in the
horror of her name.

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 "Quiet, you dogs, or I'll
cast anchor in you!"

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 "Are all the prisoners 
chained so they can't fly 
away?"

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Peter appeals to
  the Mermaid Queen.

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"I seek the crocodile."

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 "The Lost Children are in 
danger, only he can help me!"

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 "Now then, Bullies, six of 
you walk the plank, tonight -"

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 "But I have room for two 
cabin boys -"

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"- which of you is it to be?"

213
 "You see, sir, I don't think 
my mother would like me 
to be a pirate."

214
 "Didst ever want to be
a pirate, my hearty?"

215
 "Oh, yes, sir! But shall
we be faithful to the Stars 
and Stripes?"

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"NO!"

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"Then I refuse!"

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"AND, I REFUSE TOO!"

219
 "That seals your doom!
Bring up their mother."

220
 "Silence all, for a mother's
last words to her children."

221
 "Dear, dear boys, I feel that
I have a message to you from
your real mothers."

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 "We hope our sons will die
like American gentlemen."

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 "'My country 'tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty'."

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 "See here, honey, I'll save 
you if you promise to be
my mother."

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 "Never! Be a mother to such 
as you! I'd almost rather have
no children at all!"

226
 "It's gone, Captain - there
is not a sound."

227
 "Fetch the cat-o'-nine-tails,
Jukes - it's in my cabin."

228
"Cock-a-doodle-doo!"

229
"Jukes is dead - stabbed!"

230
 "Cecco, go back and fetch
me out that doodle-doo."

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"I'll bring out that doodle-doo!"

232
"You like it, do you?"

233
 "Drive them in. Let them
fight the doodle-doo for their
lives."

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"Cock-a-doodle-doo!"

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 "Never was luck on a 
pirate ship wi' a woman
on board."

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"Fling the girl overboard."

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"Wendy, I've killed a pirate!"

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"It's awful, awful!"

239
 "Put up your swords -
this man's mine!"

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 "Proud and insolent youth,
prepare to meet thy fate!"

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 "Dark and sinister man,
have at thee."

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"'Tis some fiend fighting me!"

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"Who are you, Pan?"

244
"I'm youth - eternal youth! -"

245
 "- I'm a little bird that has
broken out of the egg -"

246
"- I'm joy, Joy, JOY!"

247
 "I've fired the powder magazine
and in two minutes the ship will
be blown to pieces!"

248
 "James Hook, thou not
wholly unheroic figure -
farewell!"

249
 "Peter Pan, no words of mine
can express my utter contempt 
for you."

250
 "Wonderful! Peter, you're
just like Napoleon!"

251
 "That's who I am - Napoleon!
He was little, too!"

252
 "Oh, George, never do that!
The window must always be
left open for them - always!"

253
 "Quick, Tink! Close
the window!"

254
 "Now when Wendy comes,
she won't be able to get in
and she'll think her mother
has barred her out - and so
she will have to come back
to me."

255
"She's a pretty lady ....."

256
 ".... but not so pretty 
as my mother."

257
 "Her mouth is full of
thimbles ....."

258
 ".... but not so full 
as my mother's."

259
"I'm fond of her, too ...."

260
 ".... we can't both have
her - lady -"

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 "Wendy, I think I have 
been here before."

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"Who's that lady?"

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"It's mother!"

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 "Then are you not really 
our mother, Wendy?"

265
 "Oh, dear! It was quite 
time we came back."

266
 "So often in my dreams 
I hear their silver voices 
calling ...."

267
 "My little babies whom 
I shall see no more."

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"Father!"

269
 "Please keep them, Mother
they're such nice boys."

270
 "You don't feel you would like 
to say anything to my mother
about a very sweet subject?"

271
"- about me, Peter?"

272
 "If you stay with us, Peter,
I shall bring you up as one of
my own children."

273
"Would you send me to school?"

274
"And then to an office?"

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 "- and soon I shall grow 
up to be president?"

276
 "Oh, Wendy's mother, I don't
want to go to school and learn
solemn things - don't want to
be president!"

277
 "I want always to be a 
little boy and have fun."

278
 "Tinker Bell is going to put 
the little house we built high
up among the tree tops, where
the fairies sleep at night."

279
"Come with me, Wendy!"

280
 "But he does so need 
a mother."

281
 "I will let Wendy go to you
one week each year as your
mother to do your Spring
cleaning."

282
 "Now you give me a 
thimble, Wendy."

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And so it will go on as
  long as children are
  gay and innocent
and heartless.

THE END

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