11 suppose Tony would not have done that ? ' he said very humbly.
4 Never, never!' she answered with conviction, ' he would have been afraid.'
' What is afraid ?' asked Peter longingly. He thought it must be some splendid thing. ' I do wish you would teach me how to be afraid, Maimie/ he said.
11 believe no one could teach that to you,' she answered adoringly, but Peter thought she meant that he was stupid. She had told him about Tony and of the wicked thing she did in the dark to frighten him (she knew quite well that it was wicked), but Peter misunderstood her meaning and said, ' Oh, how I wish I was as brave as Tony!'
It quite irritated her. ' You are twenty thousand times braver than Tony.' she said; 'you are ever so much the bravest boy I ever knew.'
He could scarcely believe she meant it, but when he did believe he screamed with joy.