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The Velveteen Rabbit

September 7th, 2007 (07:48 pm)

From "The Velveteen Rabbit" by Margery Williams


"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.

"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."

"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"

"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

Comments

Posted by: Pierce (pierce_79)
Posted at: September 7th, 2007 12:09 pm (UTC)

thathvam
sathyam
vaibhavam
bhairavam

because you're real to me, now, in all your splendour

Posted by: Jeff (bardcat)
Posted at: September 7th, 2007 12:13 pm (UTC)

beautiful. just beautiful.

Posted by: Rishi (tozion)
Posted at: September 7th, 2007 01:02 pm (UTC)
haha didn't htink you used this lj anymore.

i agree it is beautiful. :)

btw, do you use facebook?

Posted by: Sharmilla (sharmi_barmi)
Posted at: September 9th, 2007 08:40 am (UTC)

Thanks so much for sharing this.... It makes me feel a hundred times better when I read it.

"But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand." I absolutely love that bit.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: October 25th, 2007 10:51 am (UTC)
ummmazzing

:)
wasn't sure where it was getting at the beginning ...
loved it by the time it was over ...

isn't that how it is in life too ... often?

Hope you are good ... am back after quite a while myself.
-Parijat/lone_wolf

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: October 25th, 2007 10:54 am (UTC)
ummmazzing

:)
wasn't sure where it was going at the beginning ...
loved it by the time it was over ...

isn't that how it is in life too ... often?

Hope you are good ... am back after quite a while myself.
-Parijat/lone_wolf

(had to confirm I am human to post the comment - must be my hair I guess :D)

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