Of course, the fairies had to agree, though his cleverness rather shocked them, and he said that his first wish was to go to his mother, but with the right to return to the Gardens if he found her disappointing. His second wish he would hold in reserve.
They tried to dissuade him, and even put obstacles in the way.
' I can give you the power to fly to her house,' the Queen said, ' but I can't open the door for you.'
4 The window I flew out at will be open,' Peter said confidently. 'Mother always keeps it open in the hope that I may fly back.'
' How do you know ? ' they asked, quite surprised, and, really, Peter could not explain how he knew.
'I just do know,' he said.
So as he persisted in his wish, they had
to grant it. The way they gave him power
to fly was this: They all tickled him on
the shoulder, and soon he felt a funny