The Adventures of Peter Pan
by J.M. Barrie
Excerpt from Chapter 1: Peter Breaks Through
Read by Judy Rye
Mrs. Darling first heard of Peter when she was tidying up her children’s minds. It is the
nightly custom of every good mother after her children are asleep to rummage in their
minds and put things straight for next morning, repacking into their proper places the
many articles that have wandered during the day. If you could keep awake (but of course
you can’t) you would see your own mother doing this, and you would find it very
interesting to watch her. It is quite like tidying up drawers. You would see her on her
knees, I expect, lingering humorously over some of your contents, wondering where on
earth you had picked this thing up, making discoveries sweet and not so sweet, pressing
this to her cheek as if it were as nice as a kitten, and hurriedly stowing that out of sight.
When you wake in the morning, the naughtiness and evil passions with which you went
to bed have been folded up small and placed at the bottom of your mind and on the top,
beautifully aired, are spread out your prettier thoughts, ready for you to put on.