THE ISLAND COME TRUEFeeling that Peter was on his way back, the Neverland had again
woke into life. We ought to use the pluperfect and say wakened, but
woke is better and was always used by Peter.
In his absence things are usually quiet on the island. The
fairies take an hour longer in the morning, the beasts attend to
their young, the redskins feed heavily for six days and nights, and
when pirates and lost boys meet they merely bite their thumbs at
each other. But with the coming of Peter, who hates lethargy, they
are under way again: if you put your ear to the ground now, you
would hear the whole island seething with life.
On this evening the chief forces of the island were disposed as
follows. The lost boys were out looking for Peter, the pirates were