What is real?

Discussion in 'Creative Writing' started by KD, 18 March 2007.

  1. KD

    KD Gone fishing

    I really love this passage from the Velveteen rabbit Thought I'd share

    "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 your 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."

    Great definition of 'what is real' IMO
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  2. chelle_powell

    chelle_powell We ride, we ride....

    Beautiful post KD, thanks for sharing!
    Must have a look for that book.....

    Much love, chelle xx
  3. magickmel

    magickmel Loves VLCD's !

    That is so lovely, Velveteen rabbit is so special !
  4. Mini

    Mini Administrator Staff Member

    That is lovely:cry:
  5. KD

    KD Gone fishing

    Tis lovely isn't it. I love children's books. I find they are often more truthful than adult books.

    The land before time:
    Let your heart guide you. It whispers so listen carefully.
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