The Skin Horse: A very old toy who is a mentor to the young 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.”
“When you are Real, you don't mind being hurt.”
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