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Although the character appeared previously in Barrie's book The Little White Bird , the play and its novelisation contain the story of Peter Pan mythos that is best known. The two versions differ in some details of the story, but have much in common. In both versions Peter makes night-time calls on the Darlings' house in Bloomsbury ,  listening in on Mrs. Mary Darling 's bedtime stories by the open window.
One night Peter is spotted and, while trying to escape, he loses his shadow. On returning to claim it, Peter wakes Mary's daughter, Wendy Darling. Wendy succeeds in re-attaching his shadow to him, and Peter learns that she knows lots of bedtime stories. He invites her to Neverland to be a mother to his gang, the Lost Boys , children who were lost in Kensington Gardens. Wendy agrees, and her brothers John and Michael go along. Their magical flight to Neverland is followed by many adventures. The children are blown out of the air by a cannon and Wendy is nearly killed by the Lost Boy Tootles.
Peter and the Lost Boys build a little house for Wendy to live in while she recuperates a type of structure that to this day is called a Wendy house.
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Soon John and Michael adopt the ways of the Lost Boys. Peter welcomes Wendy to his underground home, and she immediately assumes the role of mother figure. Peter takes the Darlings on several adventures, the first truly dangerous one occurring at Mermaids' Lagoon. Hook is hunted by a crocodile, which bit off his left hand and wants to eat the rest of him. He is named after the hook that replaced the hand. The crocodile swallowed a ticking clock, so Hook is afraid of ticking sounds. Peter is wounded when Hook claws him. He believes he will die, stranded on a rock when the tide is rising, but he views death as "an awfully big adventure".
Luckily, a bird allows him to use her nest as a boat, and Peter sails home. In gratitude for his saving Tiger Lily, her tribe guard his home from the next imminent pirate attack. Meanwhile, Wendy begins to fall in love with Peter and asks him what kind of feelings he has for her. Peter says that he is like her faithful son. One day while telling stories to the Lost Boys and her brothers, John and Michael, Wendy recalls her parents and then decides to take them back and return to England.
Unfortunately, and unbeknownst to Peter, Wendy and the boys are captured by Captain Hook, who also tries to poison Peter's medicine while the boy is asleep.
When Peter awakes, he learns from the fairy Tinker Bell that Wendy has been kidnapped — in an effort to please Wendy, he goes to drink his medicine. Tink does not have time to warn him of the poison, and instead drinks it herself, causing her near death. Tink tells him she could be saved if children believed in fairies. In one of the play's most famous moments, Peter turns to the audience watching the play and begs those who believe in fairies to clap their hands.
Peter heads to the ship. On the way, he encounters the ticking crocodile; Peter decides to copy the tick, so any animals will recognise it and leave him unharmed. He does not realise that he is still ticking as he boards the ship, where Hook cowers, mistaking him for the crocodile.
While the pirates are searching for the croc, Peter sneaks into the cabin to steal the keys and frees the Lost Boys. When the pirates investigate a noise in the cabin, Peter defeats them. When he finally reveals himself, he and Hook begin the climactic battle, which Peter easily wins. He kicks Hook into the jaws of the waiting crocodile, and Hook dies with the satisfaction that Peter had literally kicked him off the ship, which Hook considers "bad form". Then Peter takes control of the ship, and sails the seas back to London. In the end, Wendy decides that her place is at home, much to the joy of her heartsick mother.
Wendy then brings all the boys but Peter back to London. Before Wendy and her brothers arrive at their house, Peter flies ahead, to try and bar the window so Wendy will think her mother has forgotten her. But when he learns of Mrs. Darling's distress, he bitterly leaves the window open and flies away. Peter returns briefly, and he meets Mrs.
Darling, who has agreed to adopt the Lost Boys. She offers to adopt Peter as well, but Peter refuses, afraid they will "catch him and make him a man. Peter promises to return for Wendy every spring. The final scene of the play takes place a year later when we see Wendy preparing to go back home after the spring-cleaning has taken place. Peter has already forgotten about Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys and even Hook, and does not understand Wendy's wistful wish that she could take him back with her.
According to the narrator of the play "It has something to do with the riddle of his being. If he could get the hang of the thing his cry might become "To live would be an awfully big adventure! An Afterthought , later included in the final chapter of Peter and Wendy. In this scene, Peter returns for Wendy years later. But she is now grown up with a daughter of her own named Jane.
It is also revealed Wendy married one of the Lost Boys, although this is not mentioned in the novel, and it is never revealed which one she did marry in the original draft of the play, it is mentioned that she married Tootles, although Barrie omitted this before publication. When Peter learns that Wendy has "betrayed" him by growing up, he is heartbroken until Jane agrees to come to Neverland as Peter's new mother. In the novel's last few sentences, Barrie mentions that Jane has grown up as well and that Peter now takes her daughter Margaret to Neverland.
Barrie says this cycle will go on forever as long as children are "gay and innocent and heartless". An Afterthought is only occasionally used in productions of the play, but it made a poignant conclusion to the musical production starring Mary Martin , and provided the premise for Disney 's sequel to their animated adaptation of the story, Return to Never Land.
This epilogue was filmed for the film but not included in the final version, though a rough cut of the sequence was included as an extra on the DVD of the film.
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Peter Pan is one of the protagonists of the play and the novel. He is described in the novel as a young boy who still has all his first teeth ; he wears clothes made of leaves autumn leaves in the play, skeleton leaves in the novel and plays the pipes. He is the only boy able to fly without the help of Tinker Bell's fairy dust. He has refused to grow up and distrusts mothers as he felt betrayed by his own mother. Barrie attributes this to "the riddle of his very being". According to Barrie's description of the Darlings' house,  the family lives in Bloomsbury, London.
Peter has literally chosen not to make the transition from one to the other, and encourages the other children to do the same. However, the opening line of the novel, "All children, except one, grow up", and the conclusion of the story indicates that this wish is unrealistic, and there is an element of tragedy in the alternative. Barrie was very perspicacious in noticing many aspects of children's mental development decades before they were studied by cognitive psychologists.
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In particular, Peter lacks the mental capacity for secondary mental representation and cannot recollect the past, anticipate the future, consider two things at once or see things from another person's point of view. He is therefore amnesic, inconsequential, impulsive and callous. There is a slight romantic aspect to the story, which is sometimes played down or omitted completely. Wendy's flirtatious desire to kiss Peter, his desire for a mother figure, his conflicting feelings for Wendy, Tiger Lily, and Tinker Bell each representing different female archetypes , and the symbolism of his fight with Captain Hook traditionally played by the same actor as Wendy's father , all could possibly hint at a Freudian interpretation see Oedipus complex.
Most children's adaptations of the play, including the Disney film, omit any romantic themes between Wendy and Peter, but Barrie's original, his novelisation, the Mary Martin musical, and the and feature films all hint at the romantic elements. The original stage production took place at the Duke of York's Theatre , London, on 27 December Besides du Maurier, the pirates were: May played Liza, credited ironically as "Author of the Play". Grahame, Black Pirate by S. Spencer, Crocodile by A.
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Lawton, and the Ostrich by G. Tinker Bell was represented on stage by a darting light "created by a small mirror held in the hand off-stage and reflecting a little circle of light from a powerful lamp"  and her voice was "a collar of bells and two special ones that Barrie brought from Switzerland".
However, a Miss "Jane Wren" or "Jenny Wren" was listed among the cast on the programmes of the original productions as playing Tinker Bell: Inspector of Taxes , who sent her a tax demand. It is traditional in productions of Peter Pan for Mr. Darling the children's father and Captain Hook to be played or voiced by the same actor. Although this was originally done simply to make full use of the actor the characters appear in different sections of the story with no thematic intent, some critics have perceived a similarity between the two characters as central figures in the lives of the children.