Nursery magic is very strange and wonderful, and only those playthings that are old and wise and experienced like the Skin Horse understand all about it. "What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?" "Real isn't how you are... read more
An unnamed boy is given a Velveteen Rabbit as a toy on his birthday, but along with the other toys he is given, the rabbit is forgotten very quickly. Feeling sad and unloved, the Velveteen Rabbit befriends some of the other toys in the nursery but hearing how the boy plays with them makes him... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
An unnamed boy is given a Velveteen Rabbit as a toy on his birthday, but along with the other toys he is given, the rabbit is forgotten very quickly. Feeling sad and unloved, the Velveteen Rabbit befriends some of the other toys in the nursery but hearing how the boy plays with them makes him even more depressed. He gets to know the old Skin Horse who helps him to understand what it is to be loved and how toys become real.
The boy loses a toy and unable to find it, the nanny gives him the rabbit to cuddle. And so the Velveteen Rabbit becomes the boys favourite toy. The rabbit is witht he boy at all times even in the sandbox. The rabbit is loosing fur and looking very shappby by the time the boy comes down with scarlet fever.
However, once the boy is better all his things that he had while he was ill have to be burnt to get rid of any germs so the velveteen rabbit is dumped on a bonfire (not without a bit of distress from the boy) and he waits there till morning to be burnt. During the night, a fairy visits the rabbit and makes him real. It's a weird sensation but the Velveteen Rabbit loves it. A while later the boy is playing in a field and sees a rabbit who resembles his old velveteen one. The rabbit wathces form a distance and the boy never really finds out what happened to the rabbit.
“Real isn’t how you are made. 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?’‘Sometimes. When you are Real, you don’t mind being hurt....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.”The Skin Horse
“...once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand.”
“'What is real?' asked the Velveteen Rabbit to the Skin Horse.”
“'I suppose you are real?''The boy's grandfather made me real long ago.'”
“When you are Real, you don't mind being hurt.”The Skin Horse
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