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days

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always

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at

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fire

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always

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quiet

evenings.

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friendly,

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life

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easy.

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it

really

like

that

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we

shall

see

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perhaps

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as

we

look

back

on

a

childhood

that

now

seems

to

have

been

'so

long

ago,

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yet

so

clear'.

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to

begin

at

the

beginning

-

and

possibly

answer

two

questions

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Why

is

this

work

dedicated

to

J

M

Barry,

and

who

is

Peter

?

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to

really

find

out

you

need

to

read

the

whole

book,

but

here's

a

little

attempt

to

give

some

sort

of

explanation.

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a

gentle

stroll

through

Kensington

Gardens

on

a

soft,

sunny

summer

afternoon.

 
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statue

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lake,

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pipes.

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glittering

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of

the

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spires

of

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avenue

of

tall

trees

to

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Watts

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of

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make

a

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towards

the

cool

limpid

 

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find

the

statue

of

a

pretty

young

boy

who

is

 
 

London

in

that

it

portrays

not

an

idealised

personification

of

some

virtue,

or

a

famous

historical

figure,

but

rather

a

fictional

character

from

a

storybook.

 

The

statue

is

by

the

eminent

Victorian

sculptor

 

Frampton,

and

is

of

Peter

Pan,

the

eponymous

hero

of

J

M

Barrie's

play,

(because

the

model

for

the

statue

was

a

boy

called

James

Shaw,

and

not

Michael

Llewelyn-Davies,

Barrie

was

very

disappointed

with

the

result,

and

commented,

"It

doesn't

show

the

devil

in

Peter,").

 

'Our

Peter',

(as

we

shall

call

the

subject

of

this

study),

first

saw

the

statue

when

he

was

about

five

or

six

years

old,

with

Jane

Crawford

and

'Auntie'

Joe,

-

and

you

will

hear

more

about

Jane

and

'auntie'

Joe

later.

They

were

on

their

way

to

Selfridges,

one

crisp,

sunny

December

afternoon,

to

do

some

Christmas

shopping.

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on

that

day,

our

Peter

was

bought

two

presents

in

the

toy

department

at

Selfridges,

-

a

plastic

pirate's

cutlass

and

a

toy

telescope

-

which,

of

course,

should

make

us

think

of

Captain

Jas.

Hook,

and

if

you

don't

know

who

Jas.

Hook

is,

then

you

have

had

a

misspent

childhood.

 

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that

time,

of

course,

Peter

had

no

idea

who

Peter

Pan

was,

or

Jas.

Hook

for

that

matter,

as

no

one

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and

'Uncle'

him

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had

read

if

very

Peter

him

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book,

is

our

and

he

had

met

that

not

seen

J

M

Barry

Barrie's

who

very

play

or

the

Disney

Pan,today,

cartoon.

(that

he

Jack,

years

Peter)

the

fact

always

adoptive

was

Barrie,

was

created

much

law;

-

the

Peter

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like

Peter's

(as

and

violin

he

died

and

I

don't

think

he'd

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who

like

dark

much,

was

was

Peter's

despite

'Uncle'

Barrie

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was),

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was

Jack

father's

smoking

brother-in

a

pipe,

very

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short

short,

a

boy

swarthy,-

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many

played

loved

and

apparently

Peter

inconsolable

doesn't

like

when

when

Peter

eighteen.

people

later,

however,

short

people,

particularly

smoke

pipes.

It

was

thanks

to

another

'uncle',

however,

-

'Uncle

Walt',

that

Peter

was

introduced

to

J

M

Barrie

and

Peter

Pan

in

1954,

at

the

local

Odeon

cinema

at

Hounslow

West,

through

that

infamous

and

desperately

kitsch

cartoon

'Peter

Pan'.

The

only

things

that

really

attracted

Peter

to

his

namesake

then