Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens - complete online book

Tales of the boy who refused to grow up, by J. M. Barrie.

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mothers and nurses know what her remarks mean, before other people know, as that ' Gruch' means ' Give it to me at once,' while ' Wa' is ' Why do you wear such a funny hat ?' is because, mixing so much with babies, they have picked up a little of the fairy language.
Of late David has been thinking back hard about the fairy tongue, with his hands clutch­ing his temples, and he has remembered a number of their phrases which I shall tell you some day if I don't forget. He had heard them in the days when he was a thrush, and though I suggested to him that perhaps it is really bird language he is re­membering, he says not, for these phrases are about fun and adventures, and the birds talked of nothing but nest-building. He dis­tinctly remembers that the birds used to go from spot to spot like ladies at shop windows, looking at the different nests and saying, 'Not my colour, my dear,' and ' How would that do with a soft lining f' and ' But will it wear ?' and ' What hideous trimming!' and so on. 62
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