Peter - पीटर

Chapter 1 PETER breaks through

breaks through - तोड़ देता है

All children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this. One day when she was two years old she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with it to her mother. I suppose she must have looked rather delightful, for Mrs. Darling put her hand to her heart and cried, "Oh, why can't you remain like this for ever!

plucked - बचाना, साहस, साहसअ, ओचना, नोचना

delightful - दिलचस्प, सुहाना, आनंदप्रद

darling - प्रिये, चहेता, प्यारा, जानेमन

" This was all that passed between them on the subject, but henceforth Wendy knew that she must grow up. You always know after you are two. Two is the beginning of the end.

Of course they lived at 14 [their house number on their street], and until Wendy came her mother was the chief one. She was a lovely lady, with a romantic mind and such a sweet mocking mouth.

house number - घर संख्या

mocking - उपहासपूर्ण, छेड़ छाड़ से भरा

Her romantic mind was like the tiny boxes, one within the other, that come from the puzzling East, however many you discover there is always one more; and her sweet mocking mouth had one kiss on it that Wendy could never get, though there it was, perfectly conspicuous in the right-hand corner.

conspicuous - उत्कृष्ट, विशिष्ट, प्रत्यक्ष

The way Mr. Darling won her was this: the many gentlemen who had been boys when she was a girl discovered simultaneously that they loved her, and they all ran to her house to propose to her except Mr. Darling, who took a cab and nipped in first, and so he got her. He got all of her, except the innermost box and the kiss. He never knew about the box, and in time he gave up trying for the kiss.

simultaneously - एक साथ

cab - टैक्सी

nipped - चुटकी, जल्दी करना, काटना

innermost - अंतर्तम, केंद्र के समीपस्थ

Wendy thought Napoleon could have got it, but I can picture him trying, and then going off in a passion, slamming the door.

Napoleon - Napoleon Bonaparte

slamming - धमाल, (slam) धमाल

Mr. Darling used to boast to Wendy that her mother not only loved him but respected him. He was one of those deep ones who know about stocks and shares. Of course no one really knows, but he quite seemed to know, and he often said stocks were up and shares were down in a way that would have made any woman respect him.

boast - डींग मारना

Mrs. Darling was married in white, and at first she kept the books perfectly, almost gleefully, as if it were a game, not so much as a Brussels sprout was missing; but by and by whole cauliflowers dropped out, and instead of them there were pictures of babies without faces. She drew them when she should have been totting up. They were Mrs. Darling's guesses.

gleefully - प्रसन्नतापूर्वक

Brussels - ब्रूसेल्स

sprout - अंकुरित होना

cauliflowers - फूलगोभी, फूल गोभी, फूल गोभी

totting - गिनती, (tot) गिनती

Wendy came first, then John, then Michael.

For a week or two after Wendy came it was doubtful whether they would be able to keep her, as she was another mouth to feed. Mr. Darling was frightfully proud of her, but he was very honourable, and he sat on the edge of Mrs. Darling's bed, holding her hand and calculating expenses, while she looked at him imploringly.

doubtful - अनिश्चित, संदिग्ध, संदेह

frightfully - बहुत अधिक, अत्यन्त

honourable - माननीय, माननीय/सम्माननीय

imploringly - प्रार्थना करते हुए

She wanted to risk it, come what might, but that was not his way; his way was with a pencil and a piece of paper, and if she confused him with suggestions he had to begin at the beginning again.

"Now don't interrupt," he would beg of her.

"I have one pound seventeen here, and two and six at the office; I can cut off my coffee at the office, say ten shillings, making two nine and six, with your eighteen and three makes three nine seven, with five naught naught in my cheque-book makes eight nine seven-who is that moving?

shillings - ब्रिटिष का सिक्का, शिलिंग

naught - कुछ नहीं, शूऩ्य़

cheque - चेक

-eight nine seven, dot and carry seven-don't speak, my own-and the pound you lent to that man who came to the door-quiet, child-dot and carry child-there, you've done it!-did I say nine nine seven? yes, I said nine nine seven; the question is, can we try it for a year on nine nine seven?"

"Of course we can, George," she cried. But she was prejudiced in Wendy's favour, and he was really the grander character of the two.

George - जर्ज

prejudiced - प्रतिकूल रूप से प्रभावित होना

"Remember mumps," he warned her almost threateningly, and off he went again.

mumps - कुतरना, अस्पष्ट बोलना

threateningly - धमकाने के अंदाज़ में

"Mumps one pound, that is what I have put down, but I daresay it will be more like thirty shillings-don't speak-measles one five, German measles half a guinea, makes two fifteen six-don't waggle your finger-whooping-cough, say fifteen shillings"-and so on it went, and it added up differently each time; but at last Wendy just got through, with mumps reduced to twelve six, and the two kinds of measles treated as one.

daresay - कह सकते हैं

German measles - Garmi ki bimari

guinea - गिनी

waggle - हिलाना, लुढ़कते हुए चलना

whooping - हुआपिंग, (whoop) हुआपिंग

cough - खांसना

There was the same excitement over John, and Michael had even a narrower squeak; but both were kept, and soon, you might have seen the three of them going in a row to Miss Fulsom's Kindergarten school, accompanied by their nurse.

squeak - प्रवेश करना, बाल बाल बचना

Row - झगड़ा

Kindergarten - किंडरगार्टन, किण्डरगार्टन

Mrs. Darling loved to have everything just so, and Mr. Darling had a passion for being exactly like his neighbours; so, of course, they had a nurse. As they were poor, owing to the amount of milk the children drank, this nurse was a prim Newfoundland dog, called Nana, who had belonged to no one in particular until the Darlings engaged her.

prim - .तकल्लुक-मिजाज

Newfoundland - Island off the coast of Eastern Canada

darlings - प्रिये, चहेता, प्यारा, जानेमन

She had always thought children important, however, and the Darlings had become acquainted with her in Kensington Gardens, where she spent most of her spare time peeping into perambulators, and was much hated by careless nursemaids, whom she followed to their homes and complained of to their mistresses. She proved to be quite a treasure of a nurse.

acquainted - परिचित करना, अवगत कराना

peeping - झलक, झाँकी, झांकना, दिखाई पड़ना

perambulators - बच्चा गाड़ी

nursemaids - आया

mistresses - प्रेमिका, मालकिन, उपपत्नी, रकैल

How thorough she was at bath-time, and up at any moment of the night if one of her charges made the slightest cry. Of course her kennel was in the nursery. She had a genius for knowing when a cough is a thing to have no patience with and when it needs stocking around your throat.

kennel - कुत्ताघर

nursery - नर्सरी, संवर्धन स्थान

She believed to her last day in old-fashioned remedies like rhubarb leaf, and made sounds of contempt over all this new-fangled talk about germs, and so on. It was a lesson in propriety to see her escorting the children to school, walking sedately by their side when they were well behaved, and butting them back into line if they strayed.

remedies - ठीक करना, उपाय, सुधारना

rhubarb - रेवा चीनी

contempt - निन्दनीय, तिरस्कार, अवमानना

germs - आधार, अंकुर, जीवाणु, जीवाण्

propriety - मर्यादा, औचित्यअ, शिष्टाचार

escorting - सहचर, मार्गरक्षण करना

sedately - संयत ढंग से, गम्भीरता से

strayed - इधर उधर भटकना, भटक जाना

On John's footer [in England soccer was called football, "footer" for short] days she never once forgot his sweater, and she usually carried an umbrella in her mouth in case of rain. There is a room in the basement of Miss Fulsom's school where the nurses wait. They sat on forms, while Nana lay on the floor, but that was the only difference.

footer - पैदल चलने वाला, लंबाई चौड़ाई

They affected to ignore her as of an inferior social status to themselves, and she despised their light talk. She resented visits to the nursery from Mrs. Darling's friends, but if they did come she first whipped off Michael's pinafore and put him into the one with blue braiding, and smoothed out Wendy and made a dash at John's hair.

inferior - छोटा, घटिया, तुच्छ, निम्न, अधीन

despised - घृणा करना, उपेक्षा करना

resented - पसंद न करना, बुरा मानना

whipped - मिठाई, बुरी तरह से पछाड़ देना

pinafore - बच्चों के कपडों के ऊपर का कपडा

braiding - ब्रेडिंग, (braid) ब्रेडिंग

Dash - डैश

No nursery could possibly have been conducted more correctly, and Mr. Darling knew it, yet he sometimes wondered uneasily whether the neighbours talked.

uneasily - बेचैनी से, बेचैनी से

He had his position in the city to consider.

Nana also troubled him in another way. He had sometimes a feeling that she did not admire him. "I know she admires you tremendously, George," Mrs. Darling would assure him, and then she would sign to the children to be specially nice to father. Lovely dances followed, in which the only other servant, Liza, was sometimes allowed to join.

tremendously - अत्यधिक, जबरदस्त

specially - खास तौर पर, विशेष रूप से

Such a midget she looked in her long skirt and maid's cap, though she had sworn, when engaged, that she would never see ten again. The gaiety of those romps! And gayest of all was Mrs. Darling, who would pirouette so wildly that all you could see of her was the kiss, and then if you had dashed at her you might have got it. There never was a simpler happier family until the coming of Peter Pan.

midget - बहुत छोटा, बहुत छोटा जंतु

maid - लड़की

gaiety - हर्षोल्लास का वातावरण, प्रसन्नता

romps - शोरगुल मचाते हुए खेलना

pirouette - घिरनी खाना

wildly - शिष्टाचारहीनतः, अशिष्टतः

dashed - मिश्रण, टक्कर, टकराना, झलक

Mrs. Darling first heard of Peter when she was tidying up her children's minds. It is the nightly custom of every good mother after her children are asleep to rummage in their minds and put things straight for next morning, repacking into their proper places the many articles that have wandered during the day.

tidying up - संग्रहण करना

nightly - रात्रिकालीन, हर रात, हर रात

rummage in - खोजना

If you could keep awake (but of course you can't) you would see your own mother doing this, and you would find it very interesting to watch her. It is quite like tidying up drawers.

awake - जागना

drawers - चित्रकार, आदेशक, चैक कर्ता

You would see her on her knees, I expect, lingering humorously over some of your contents, wondering where on earth you had picked this thing up, making discoveries sweet and not so sweet, pressing this to her cheek as if it were as nice as a kitten, and hurriedly stowing that out of sight.

Lingering - विलंब करने वाला

humorously - विनोद से, हास्यकर ढंग से

Contents - मात्रा, सन्तुष्ट

kitten - बिलौटा

hurriedly - in a hurried manner

stowing - सामान रखना, (stow)

When you wake in the morning, the naughtiness and evil passions with which you went to bed have been folded up small and placed at the bottom of your mind and on the top, beautifully aired, are spread out your prettier thoughts, ready for you to put on.

naughtiness - शरारतपन

folded up - मुड़ा हुआ

beautifully - सुंदर ढंग से, बहुत अच्छे से

thoughts - विचार, मत, इरादा, विचारधारा

I don't know whether you have ever seen a map of a person's mind. Doctors sometimes draw maps of other parts of you, and your own map can become intensely interesting, but catch them trying to draw a map of a child's mind, which is not only confused, but keeps going round all the time.

intensely - उत्कटता से, तीव्रता से

going round - घुम रहा है

There are zigzag lines on it, just like your temperature on a card, and these are probably roads in the island, for the Neverland is always more or less an island, with astonishing splashes of colour here and there, and coral reefs and rakish-looking craft in the offing, and savages and lonely lairs, and gnomes who are mostly tailors, and caves through which a river runs, and princes with six elder brothers, and a hut fast going to decay, and one very small old lady with a hooked nose. It would be an easy map if that were all, but there is also first day at school, religion, fathers, the round pond, needle-work, murders, hangings, verbs that take the dative, chocolate pudding day, getting into braces, say ninety-nine, three-pence for pulling out your tooth yourself, and so on, and either these are part of the island or they are another map showing through, and it is all rather confusing, especially as nothing will stand still.

zigzag - घुमावदार, सर्पिल गति से चलना

splashes - चित्ती, धब्बा, छपछपाते हुए चलना

coral - मूंगा, मूँगा, प्रवाल

reefs - पाल समेटना

rakish - छिछोरपन लिया हुआ, लम्पट

savages - असभ्य, दुष्ट, तीव्र, काटना

lairs - एकांत, बिल, छिपने की जगह, माँद

gnomes - स्विस बैंक का साहूकार

tailors - अनुकूल बनाना, उपयुक्त बनाना

hut - झोंपड़ी, छोटा घर

decay - खराब करना, ख़राब होना, विकार

pond - तालाब

hangings - लटकने वाला, लटका हुआ

verbs - क्रिया, क्रियापद

dative - सम्प्रदान कारक, चतुर्थी विभक्ति

pudding - पुडिंग

braces - तैयार करना, तैयार करना, पट्टी

Of course the Neverlands vary a good deal. John's, for instance, had a lagoon with flamingoes flying over it at which John was shooting, while Michael, who was very small, had a flamingo with lagoons flying over it. John lived in a boat turned upside down on the sands, Michael in a wigwam, Wendy in a house of leaves deftly sewn together.

flamingo - दरियाई तोता, बगहंस, राजहंस

lagoons - जल परिशोधन कुंड, लगून

upside - अच्छा पहलू, ऊपरी हिस्सा

wigwam - कुटिया

deftly - चतुराई से

sewn - सीलाई करना, सीना

John had no friends, Michael had friends at night, Wendy had a pet wolf forsaken by its parents, but on the whole the Neverlands have a family resemblance, and if they stood still in a row you could say of them that they have each other's nose, and so forth. On these magic shores children at play are for ever beaching their coracles [simple boat].

wolf - भेड़िया, वृक, गुर्ग

forsaken - त्याग देना

resemblance - सादृश्य, समानता

forth - आगे

coracles - बाँस से बना हुआ एक प्रकार की नाव

We too have been there; we can still hear the sound of the surf, though we shall land no more.

surf - फ़ेनिल लहर

Of all delectable islands the Neverland is the snuggest and most compact, not large and sprawly, you know, with tedious distances between one adventure and another, but nicely crammed. When you play at it by day with the chairs and table-cloth, it is not in the least alarming, but in the two minutes before you go to sleep it becomes very real. That is why there are night-lights.

delectable - स्वादिष्ट, सुखद, बहुत आकर्षक

snuggest - आरामदेह, चुस्त, आरामदायक

most compact - सबसे संकुचित

sprawly - अस्तेय

tedious - उबाऊ, थकाऊ, शब्दाडंबरपूर्ण

nicely - संतोषप्रद, अच्छी तरह से

crammed - रटना, ठूँसना, ठसाठस भरना

table-cloth - (table-cloth) टेबल कोट

Occasionally in her travels through her children's minds Mrs. Darling found things she could not understand, and of these quite the most perplexing was the word Peter. She knew of no Peter, and yet he was here and there in John and Michael's minds, while Wendy's began to be scrawled all over with him. The name stood out in bolder letters than any of the other words, and as Mrs.

perplexing - हैरान करना, व्याकुल करना

scrawled - घसीटा लिखाई, घसीट कर लिखना

Darling gazed she felt that it had an oddly cocky appearance.

gazed - एक्टक देखने ताला, टकटकी

oddly - आश्चर्यजनक रूप से, अजीब तरह से

cocky - धृष्ट, अहंकारी, गर्वीला, घमंडी

"Yes, he is rather cocky," Wendy admitted with regret. Her mother had been questioning her.

"But who is he, my pet?"

"He is Peter Pan, you know, mother."

At first Mrs. Darling did not know, but after thinking back into her childhood she just remembered a Peter Pan who was said to live with the fairies. There were odd stories about him, as that when children died he went part of the way with them, so that they should not be frightened.

fairies - परी, सुन्दर, समलैंगिक पुरुष

She had believed in him at the time, but now that she was married and full of sense she quite doubted whether there was any such person.

"Besides," she said to Wendy, "he would be grown up by this time."

"Oh no, he isn't grown up," Wendy assured her confidently, "and he is just my size." She meant that he was her size in both mind and body; she didn't know how she knew, she just knew it.

confidently - विश्वास सहित

Mrs. Darling consulted Mr. Darling, but he smiled pooh-pooh. "Mark my words," he said, "it is some nonsense Nana has been putting into their heads; just the sort of idea a dog would have. Leave it alone, and it will blow over."

Pooh - ओफ/ओह, छी

nonsense - बकवास

But it would not blow over and soon the troublesome boy gave Mrs. Darling quite a shock.

troublesome - तकलीफ़देह, कष्टप्रद, दुःखदायी

Children have the strangest adventures without being troubled by them. For instance, they may remember to mention, a week after the event happened, that when they were in the wood they had met their dead father and had a game with him. It was in this casual way that Wendy one morning made a disquieting revelation.

disquieting - अशांति, अशांत होना

revelation - प्रकटीकरण

Some leaves of a tree had been found on the nursery floor, which certainly were not there when the children went to bed, and Mrs. Darling was puzzling over them when Wendy said with a tolerant smile:

tolerant - उदार, सहनशील, सहिष्णु

"I do believe it is that Peter again!"

"Whatever do you mean, Wendy?"

"It is so naughty of him not to wipe his feet," Wendy said, sighing. She was a tidy child.

naughty - शरारती, दुष्ट, अश्लील

wipe - किसी चीज से रगड़ कर साफ करना

sighing - साँस लेना, तरसना, आह भरना

She explained in quite a matter-of-fact way that she thought Peter sometimes came to the nursery in the night and sat on the foot of her bed and played on his pipes to her. Unfortunately she never woke, so she didn't know how she knew, she just knew.

"What nonsense you talk, precious. No one can get into the house without knocking."

What nonsense - बेवकूफ

"I think he comes in by the window," she said.

"My love, it is three floors up."

"Were not the leaves at the foot of the window, mother?"

It was quite true; the leaves had been found very near the window.

Mrs. Darling did not know what to think, for it all seemed so natural to Wendy that you could not dismiss it by saying she had been dreaming.

"My child," the mother cried, "why did you not tell me of this before?"

"I forgot," said Wendy lightly. She was in a hurry to get her breakfast.

lightly - अकारण, उपेक्षापूर्वक, हलके से

Oh, surely she must have been dreaming.

But, on the other hand, there were the leaves. Mrs. Darling examined them very carefully; they were skeleton leaves, but she was sure they did not come from any tree that grew in England. She crawled about the floor, peering at it with a candle for marks of a strange foot. She rattled the poker up the chimney and tapped the walls.

skeleton - कंकाल

crawled - क्राल, रेंगना

rattled - खनखनाना, घबड़ा देना, खनखनाहट

poker - कुरेदनी

chimney - चिमनी, धुआँकश

She let down a tape from the window to the pavement, and it was a sheer drop of thirty feet, without so much as a spout to climb up by.

pavement - पटरी, छज्जा, फर्श

sheer - पूर्णतया

spout - धारा, नल, टोंटी, फुहारा छोड़ना

Certainly Wendy had been dreaming.

But Wendy had not been dreaming, as the very next night showed, the night on which the extraordinary adventures of these children may be said to have begun.

On the night we speak of all the children were once more in bed. It happened to be Nana's evening off, and Mrs. Darling had bathed them and sung to them till one by one they had let go her hand and slid away into the land of sleep.

All were looking so safe and cosy that she smiled at her fears now and sat down tranquilly by the fire to sew.

cosy - आरामदेह, आरामदायक

tranquilly - शांतिपूर्वक, शांत भाव से

sew - सीना, सिलाई करना

It was something for Michael, who on his birthday was getting into shirts. The fire was warm, however, and the nursery dimly lit by three night-lights, and presently the sewing lay on Mrs. Darling's lap. Then her head nodded, oh, so gracefully. She was asleep. Look at the four of them, Wendy and Michael over there, John here, and Mrs. Darling by the fire.

dimly - अस्पष्टतः, संदिग्धतः

Presently - अभी, शीघ्र ही, संप्रति

sewing - सिलाई, (sew)

lap - चपड़-पचड़ पीना, गटागट पी जाना

nodded - ऊँघना, झूमना, सिर हिलाना, हुक्म

gracefully - सभ्यतः, बाशऊर, शालीनतः

There should have been a fourth night-light.

While she slept she had a dream. She dreamt that the Neverland had come too near and that a strange boy had broken through from it. He did not alarm her, for she thought she had seen him before in the faces of many women who have no children. Perhaps he is to be found in the faces of some mothers also.

broken through - तोड़ दिया

But in her dream he had rent the film that obscures the Neverland, and she saw Wendy and John and Michael peeping through the gap.

obscures - अज्ञात, दुरूह, कठिनाई

The dream by itself would have been a trifle, but while she was dreaming the window of the nursery blew open, and a boy did drop on the floor. He was accompanied by a strange light, no bigger than your fist, which darted about the room like a living thing and I think it must have been this light that wakened Mrs. Darling.

trifle - क्षुद्र धनराशि, छोटी सी बात

darted - चुन्नट, (**), बर्छी, झपट्टा

wakened - उठाना, जगाना, जागना, जाग जाना

She started up with a cry, and saw the boy, and somehow she knew at once that he was Peter Pan. If you or I or Wendy had been there we should have seen that he was very like Mrs. Darling's kiss. He was a lovely boy, clad in skeleton leaves and the juices that ooze out of trees but the most entrancing thing about him was that he had all his first teeth.

ooze out - निकल आना

When he saw she was a grown-up, he gnashed the little pearls at her.

pearls - मोती, कृत्रिम मोती, जलज

Chapter 2 THE SHADOW

Mrs. Darling screamed, and, as if in answer to a bell, the door opened, and Nana entered, returned from her evening out. She growled and sprang at the boy, who leapt lightly through the window. Again Mrs.

growled - गड़गड़ाहट, भुनभुनाना, गुर्राना

Darling screamed, this time in distress for him, for she thought he was killed, and she ran down into the street to look for his little body, but it was not there; and she looked up, and in the black night she could see nothing but what she thought was a shooting star.

distress - दुःख होना, कठिनाई, दुःख होना

shooting star - तारा मार्ग

She returned to the nursery, and found Nana with something in her mouth, which proved to be the boy's shadow. As he leapt at the window Nana had closed it quickly, too late to catch him, but his shadow had not had time to get out; slam went the window and snapped it off.

slam - जोर से बंद करना

snapped - प्रेस बटन, टूटना, काट लेना

You may be sure Mrs. Darling examined the shadow carefully, but it was quite the ordinary kind.

Nana had no doubt of what was the best thing to do with this shadow. She hung it out at the window, meaning "He is sure to come back for it; let us put it where he can get it easily without disturbing the children."

But unfortunately Mrs. Darling could not leave it hanging out at the window, it looked so like the washing and lowered the whole tone of the house. She thought of showing it to Mr.

lowered - छोटा, कम करना, गिरना, घटाना

Darling, but he was totting up winter great-coats for John and Michael, with a wet towel around his head to keep his brain clear, and it seemed a shame to trouble him; besides, she knew exactly what he would say: "It all comes of having a dog for a nurse."

She decided to roll the shadow up and put it away carefully in a drawer, until a fitting opportunity came for telling her husband. Ah me!

drawer - दराज

The opportunity came a week later, on that never-to-be-forgotten Friday. Of course it was a Friday.

"I ought to have been specially careful on a Friday," she used to say afterwards to her husband, while perhaps Nana was on the other side of her, holding her hand.

"No, no," Mr. Darling always said, "I am responsible for it all. I, George Darling, did it. MEA CULPA, MEA CULPA." He had had a classical education.

Culpa - कुल्पा

They sat thus night after night recalling that fatal Friday, till every detail of it was stamped on their brains and came through on the other side like the faces on a bad coinage.

fatal - जीवघातक, घातक, प्राणांतक

coinage - सितारा मछली, गढ़ना, सिक्का

"If only I had not accepted that invitation to dine at 27," Mrs. Darling said.

dine - भोजन करना, भोजन करना

"If only I had not poured my medicine into Nana's bowl," said Mr. Darling.

"If only I had pretended to like the medicine," was what Nana's wet eyes said.

"My liking for parties, George."

"My fatal gift of humour, dearest."

"My touchiness about trifles, dear master and mistress."

touchiness - चिड़चिड़ापन, तुनकमिज़ाजी

trifles - क्षुद्र धनराशि, छोटी सी बात

Mistress - प्रेमिका

Then one or more of them would break down altogether; Nana at the thought, "It's true, it's true, they ought not to have had a dog for a nurse." Many a time it was Mr. Darling who put the handkerchief to Nana's eyes.

handkerchief - रूमाल

"That fiend!" Mr. Darling would cry, and Nana's bark was the echo of it, but Mrs. Darling never upbraided Peter; there was something in the right-hand corner of her mouth that wanted her not to call Peter names.

fiend - शैतान, दुष्ट व्यक्ति, राक्षस

bark - भों-भों की आवाज

Echo - गूँज, गूंज, प्रतिध्वनि

upbraided - भर्त्सना करना, भर्त्स्ना करना

They would sit there in the empty nursery, recalling fondly every smallest detail of that dreadful evening. It had begun so uneventfully, so precisely like a hundred other evenings, with Nana putting on the water for Michael's bath and carrying him to it on her back.

fondly - भोलेपन से, भोलेपन से

dreadful - भद्दा, शोचनीय, डरावना, विकट

uneventfully - बिना किसी दुर्घटना के

"I won't go to bed," he had shouted, like one who still believed that he had the last word on the subject, "I won't, I won't. Nana, it isn't six o'clock yet. Oh dear, oh dear, I shan't love you any more, Nana. I tell you I won't be bathed, I won't, I won't!"

shan - शान

Then Mrs. Darling had come in, wearing her white evening-gown. She had dressed early because Wendy so loved to see her in her evening-gown, with the necklace George had given her. She was wearing Wendy's bracelet on her arm; she had asked for the loan of it. Wendy loved to lend her bracelet to her mother.

evening-gown - (evening-gown) सांस्कृतिक लेडीज

necklace - हार, हँसली

bracelet - बाज़ूबन्द

She had found her two older children playing at being herself and father on the occasion of Wendy's birth, and John was saying:

"I am happy to inform you, Mrs. Darling, that you are now a mother," in just such a tone as Mr. Darling himself may have used on the real occasion.

Wendy had danced with joy, just as the real Mrs. Darling must have done.

Then John was born, with the extra pomp that he conceived due to the birth of a male, and Michael came from his bath to ask to be born also, but John said brutally that they did not want any more.

pomp - धूमधाम, शान/धूमधाम

conceived - कल्पना करना, अनुमान होना

brutally - निर्दयता से, क्रूरता से

Michael had nearly cried. "Nobody wants me," he said, and of course the lady in the evening-dress could not stand that.

evening-dress - (evening-dress) सांस्कृतिक वस्त्र

"I do," she said, "I so want a third child."

"Boy or girl?" asked Michael, not too hopefully.


Then he had leapt into her arms. Such a little thing for Mr. and Mrs. Darling and Nana to recall now, but not so little if that was to be Michael's last night in the nursery.

They go on with their recollections.

recollections - स्मरण, स्मरण शक्ति, याद, स्मृति

"It was then that I rushed in like a tornado, wasn't it?" Mr. Darling would say, scorning himself; and indeed he had been like a tornado.

scorning - तिरस्कार, (scorn) तिरस्कार

tornado - तूफ़ान, तूफान

Perhaps there was some excuse for him. He, too, had been dressing for the party, and all had gone well with him until he came to his tie. It is an astounding thing to have to tell, but this man, though he knew about stocks and shares, had no real mastery of his tie.

astounding - चकित करना, अचंभित करना

mastery - अधिकार, प्रवीणता

Sometimes the thing yielded to him without a contest, but there were occasions when it would have been better for the house if he had swallowed his pride and used a made-up tie.

yielded - बताना, स्वीकार करना, देना

This was such an occasion. He came rushing into the nursery with the crumpled little brute of a tie in his hand.

crumpled - सिकोड़ना, ध्वस्त होना, गींजना

brute - वहशी

"Why, what is the matter, father dear?"

"Matter!" he yelled; he really yelled. "This tie, it will not tie." He became dangerously sarcastic. "Not round my neck! Round the bed-post! Oh yes, twenty times have I made it up round the bed-post, but round my neck, no! Oh dear no! begs to be excused!"

yelled - चीखना, चिल्लाना, चिल्लाहट, चीख

dangerously - खतरनाक तरीके से

sarcastic - व्यंग्यात्मक

He thought Mrs. Darling was not sufficiently impressed, and he went on sternly, "I warn you of this, mother, that unless this tie is round my neck we don't go out to dinner to-night, and if I don't go out to dinner to-night, I never go to the office again, and if I don't go to the office again, you and I starve, and our children will be flung into the streets."

sternly - कठोरतापूर्वक

flung - डालना, धक्का देना

Even then Mrs. Darling was placid. "Let me try, dear," she said, and indeed that was what he had come to ask her to do, and with her nice cool hands she tied his tie for him, while the children stood around to see their fate decided. Some men would have resented her being able to do it so easily, but Mr.

placid - शांत, सौम्य

fate - क़िस्मत, किस्मत, नसीब, तक़दीर

Darling had far too fine a nature for that; he thanked her carelessly, at once forgot his rage, and in another moment was dancing round the room with Michael on his back.

carelessly - लापरवाही से, असावधानतः

rage - ज़ोर से चलना, रोष व्यक्त करना

"How wildly we romped!" says Mrs. Darling now, recalling it.

romped - शोरगुल मचाते हुए खेलना

"Our last romp!" Mr. Darling groaned.

romp - शोरगुल मचाते हुए खेलना

groaned - कराहना, आह

"O George, do you remember Michael suddenly said to me, 'How did you get to know me, mother?'"

"I remember!"

"They were rather sweet, don't you think, George?"

"And they were ours, ours! and now they are gone."

The romp had ended with the appearance of Nana, and most unluckily Mr. Darling collided against her, covering his trousers with hairs. They were not only new trousers, but they were the first he had ever had with braid on them, and he had had to bite his lip to prevent the tears coming. Of course Mrs.

unluckily - दुर्भाग्यवश

collided - टक्कर, टकराना, भिड़ जाना

braid - बटना, गूंथना

Darling brushed him, but he began to talk again about its being a mistake to have a dog for a nurse.

"George, Nana is a treasure."

"No doubt, but I have an uneasy feeling at times that she looks upon the children as puppies."

uneasy - व्याकुल

puppies - पिल्ला, धृष्ट, घमंडी आदमीई

"Oh no, dear one, I feel sure she knows they have souls."

"I wonder," Mr. Darling said thoughtfully, "I wonder." It was an opportunity, his wife felt, for telling him about the boy. At first he pooh-poohed the story, but he became thoughtful when she showed him the shadow.

thoughtfully - विचारमग्न ढंग से, सहृदयतापूर्वक

poohed - ओफ/ओह, छी

"It is nobody I know," he said, examining it carefully, "but it does look a scoundrel."

scoundrel - बदमाश

"We were still discussing it, you remember," says Mr. Darling, "when Nana came in with Michael's medicine. You will never carry the bottle in your mouth again, Nana, and it is all my fault."

Strong man though he was, there is no doubt that he had behaved rather foolishly over the medicine. If he had a weakness, it was for thinking that all his life he had taken medicine boldly, and so now, when Michael dodged the spoon in Nana's mouth, he had said reprovingly, "Be a man, Michael."

foolishly - मूर्खता से

boldly - निडरतापूर्वक

dodged - झटके से चले जाना

reprovingly - निन्दात्मकता से

"Won't; won't!" Michael cried naughtily. Mrs. Darling left the room to get a chocolate for him, and Mr. Darling thought this showed want of firmness.

naughtily - शरारतपन

firmness - मजबूती, दृढ़ता

"Mother, don't pamper him," he called after her. "Michael, when I was your age I took medicine without a murmur. I said, 'Thank you, kind parents, for giving me bottles to make me well.'"

pamper - बहुत लाड प्यार करना

murmur - बड़बड़ाना, सरसराहट, बड़बड़ाहट

He really thought this was true, and Wendy, who was now in her night-gown, believed it also, and she said, to encourage Michael, "That medicine you sometimes take, father, is much nastier, isn't it?"

"Ever so much nastier," Mr. Darling said bravely, "and I would take it now as an example to you, Michael, if I hadn't lost the bottle."

bravely - बहादुरी से

He had not exactly lost it; he had climbed in the dead of night to the top of the wardrobe and hidden it there. What he did not know was that the faithful Liza had found it, and put it back on his wash-stand.

wardrobe - अलमारी

faithful - निष्ठावान, वफ़ादार

"I know where it is, father," Wendy cried, always glad to be of service. "I'll bring it," and she was off before he could stop her. Immediately his spirits sank in the strangest way.

"John," he said, shuddering, "it's most beastly stuff. It's that nasty, sticky, sweet kind."

shuddering - हिलना, (shudder) हिलना

most beastly - सबसे घृणित

"It will soon be over, father," John said cheerily, and then in rushed Wendy with the medicine in a glass.

cheerily - प्रसन्नतापूर्वक

"I have been as quick as I could," she panted.

panted - एक छोटा श्वास, पैंट, भारी साँस

"You have been wonderfully quick," her father retorted, with a vindictive politeness that was quite thrown away upon her. "Michael first," he said doggedly.

wonderfully - बहुत अच्छे ढंग से

retorted - प्रत्युत्तर देना, प्रत्युतर

vindictive - ईर्ष्यालु, प्रतिशोधी

politeness - शिष्टता, अदब, नज़ाकत, सभ्यता

doggedly - दृढ़ निश्चय के साथ

"Father first," said Michael, who was of a suspicious nature.

suspicious - संदेहशील, सन्देह जनक

"I shall be sick, you know," Mr. Darling said threateningly.

"Come on, father," said John.

"Hold your tongue, John," his father rapped out.

rapped - रैप संगीत बजाना, चटाक् से मारना

Wendy was quite puzzled. "I thought you took it quite easily, father."

"That is not the point," he retorted. "The point is, that there is more in my glass than in Michael's spoon." His proud heart was nearly bursting. "And it isn't fair: I would say it though it were with my last breath; it isn't fair."

bursting - विस्फोट, कूट कूट कर भर देना

"Father, I am waiting," said Michael coldly.

coldly - रुखाई से, बिना उत्साह के

"It's all very well to say you are waiting; so am I waiting."

"Father's a cowardly custard."

cowardly - कायर, डरपोक

custard - कस्टर्ड

"So are you a cowardly custard."

"I'm not frightened."

"Neither am I frightened."

"Well, then, take it."

"Well, then, you take it."

Wendy had a splendid idea. "Why not both take it at the same time?"

splendid - शानदार

"Certainly," said Mr. Darling. "Are you ready, Michael?"

Wendy gave the words, one, two, three, and Michael took his medicine, but Mr. Darling slipped his behind his back.

There was a yell of rage from Michael, and "O father!" Wendy exclaimed.

yell - चीख, चिल्लाहट

exclaimed - चिल्लाना, चिल्लाकर कहना

"What do you mean by 'O father'?" Mr. Darling demanded. "Stop that row, Michael. I meant to take mine, but I-I missed it."

It was dreadful the way all the three were looking at him, just as if they did not admire him. "Look here, all of you," he said entreatingly, as soon as Nana had gone into the bathroom. "I have just thought of a splendid joke. I shall pour my medicine into Nana's bowl, and she will drink it, thinking it is milk!"

entreatingly - प्रार्थना करते हुए

It was the colour of milk; but the children did not have their father's sense of humour, and they looked at him reproachfully as he poured the medicine into Nana's bowl. "What fun!" he said doubtfully, and they did not dare expose him when Mrs. Darling and Nana returned.

reproachfully - आलोचनात्मक ढंग से

doubtfully - संदेहपूर्ण ढंग से

"Nana, good dog," he said, patting her, "I have put a little milk into your bowl, Nana."

patting - थपथपाना, पोंछना, उपयुक्त, सतही

Nana wagged her tail, ran to the medicine, and began lapping it. Then she gave Mr. Darling such a look, not an angry look: she showed him the great red tear that makes us so sorry for noble dogs, and crept into her kennel.

wagged - हिलना, वाक्विदग्ध, हिलाना

lapping - लैपिंग, (lap) लैपिंग

noble - बहुत अच्छा, उतम, शानदार

crept - जाना, डर, छिपकर घुसना, घुसना

Mr. Darling was frightfully ashamed of himself, but he would not give in. In a horrid silence Mrs. Darling smelt the bowl. "O George," she said, "it's your medicine!"

horrid - भयंकर, जघन्य

"It was only a joke," he roared, while she comforted her boys, and Wendy hugged Nana. "Much good," he said bitterly, "my wearing myself to the bone trying to be funny in this house."

roared - गरजना, चिल्लाना, शोरगुल

hugged - आलिंगन, आलिंगन करना, सटा लेना

bitterly - अधिक, बहुत ज़्यादा, कस के

And still Wendy hugged Nana. "That's right," he shouted. "Coddle her! Nobody coddles me. Oh dear no! I am only the breadwinner, why should I be coddled-why, why, why!"

coddles - लाड़ प्यार से पालना

breadwinner - पालनकर्त्ता

coddled - लाड़ प्यार से पालना

"George," Mrs. Darling entreated him, "not so loud; the servants will hear you." Somehow they had got into the way of calling Liza the servants.

entreated - अनुनय विनय करना

"Let them!" he answered recklessly. "Bring in the whole world. But I refuse to allow that dog to lord it in my nursery for an hour longer."

recklessly - लापरवाही से, बिना विचारे

refuse - अस्वीकार करना

The children wept, and Nana ran to him beseechingly, but he waved her back. He felt he was a strong man again. "In vain, in vain," he cried; "the proper place for you is the yard, and there you go to be tied up this instant."

wept - बहना, रोना, विलाप करना, रोदन

beseechingly - प्रार्थना करते हुए

vain - व्यर्थ, अहंकारी, खोखला, असार

"George, George," Mrs. Darling whispered, "remember what I told you about that boy."

Alas, he would not listen. He was determined to show who was master in that house, and when commands would not draw Nana from the kennel, he lured her out of it with honeyed words, and seizing her roughly, dragged her from the nursery. He was ashamed of himself, and yet he did it. It was all owing to his too affectionate nature, which craved for admiration.

Alas - हाय, (ala) हाय

lured - लुभाना, ललचाना, प्रलोभन

honeyed - मधु, शहद

seizing - लेने, (seize) लेने

affectionate - स्नेही, स्नेहमय, fond

craved - के लिये तरसना, याचना करना

admiration - तारीफ़, सफत, उपमा

When he had tied her up in the back-yard, the wretched father went and sat in the passage, with his knuckles to his eyes.

wretched - दयनीय, दरिद्र, अत्यंत दुखी

knuckles - उँगली की गाँठ, टखने का गोश्त

In the meantime Mrs. Darling had put the children to bed in unwonted silence and lit their night-lights. They could hear Nana barking, and John whimpered, "It is because he is chaining her up in the yard," but Wendy was wiser.

meantime - इस बीच, इस बीच, इसी बीच

unwonted - अनभ्यस्त, असामान्य, अरीतिक

barking - गरजना, चिल्लाना, भूँकना

whimpered - ठिनठिनाहट, रिरियाहट, ठिनठिनाना

"That is not Nana's unhappy bark," she said, little guessing what was about to happen; "that is her bark when she smells danger."


"Are you sure, Wendy?"

"Oh, yes."

Mrs. Darling quivered and went to the window. It was securely fastened. She looked out, and the night was peppered with stars. They were crowding round the house, as if curious to see what was to take place there, but she did not notice this, nor that one or two of the smaller ones winked at her.

quivered - कंपन, तुणीर, झुरझुरी, तरकश, झपक

securely - सुरक्षित रूप से

winked - टिमटिमाना, आँख मारना, आँख झपकना

Yet a nameless fear clutched at her heart and made her cry, "Oh, how I wish that I wasn't going to a party to-night!"

nameless - अज्ञात, गुमनाम, बेनाम

clutched - क्लच, अण्डो का समुच्चय

Even Michael, already half asleep, knew that she was perturbed, and he asked, "Can anything harm us, mother, after the night-lights are lit?"

perturbed - उद्विग्न कर देना

"Nothing, precious," she said; "they are the eyes a mother leaves behind her to guard her children."

She went from bed to bed singing enchantments over them, and little Michael flung his arms round her. "Mother," he cried, "I'm glad of you." They were the last words she was to hear from him for a long time.

enchantments - जादू, सम्मोहन, टोना, वशीकरण

No. 27 was only a few yards distant, but there had been a slight fall of snow, and Father and Mother Darling picked their way over it deftly not to soil their shoes. They were already the only persons in the street, and all the stars were watching them. Stars are beautiful, but they may not take an active part in anything, they must just look on for ever.

It is a punishment put on them for something they did so long ago that no star now knows what it was. So the older ones have become glassy-eyed and seldom speak (winking is the star language), but the little ones still wonder.

glassy - काँच के समान, काँच के समान

seldom - कभी कभी

winking - आँख मारना, पलक झपकना

They are not really friendly to Peter, who had a mischievous way of stealing up behind them and trying to blow them out; but they are so fond of fun that they were on his side to-night, and anxious to get the grown-ups out of the way. So as soon as the door of 27 closed on Mr. and Mrs.

mischievous - शरारती, नटखट, हानिकर, शैतान, बंग

Darling there was a commotion in the firmament, and the smallest of all the stars in the Milky Way screamed out:

commotion - हो हल्ला, हंगामा, हलचल, खलबल

firmament - आकाश

Milky - दुधिया

"Now, Peter!"


For a moment after Mr. and Mrs. Darling left the house the night-lights by the beds of the three children continued to burn clearly. They were awfully nice little night-lights, and one cannot help wishing that they could have kept awake to see Peter; but Wendy's light blinked and gave such a yawn that the other two yawned also, and before they could close their mouths all the three went out.

awfully - बहुत, बेकार ढंग से

blinked - टिमटिमाना, आँख झपकना, पलक झपकना

yawned - फैल जाना, जम्हाई, उबासी

There was another light in the room now, a thousand times brighter than the night-lights, and in the time we have taken to say this, it had been in all the drawers in the nursery, looking for Peter's shadow, rummaged the wardrobe and turned every pocket inside out.

rummaged - खोज, फुटकर सामन, खूब तलाश कर

It was not really a light; it made this light by flashing about so quickly, but when it came to rest for a second you saw it was a fairy, no longer than your hand, but still growing. It was a girl called Tinker Bell exquisitely gowned in a skeleton leaf, cut low and square, through which her figure could be seen to the best advantage. She was slightly inclined to EMBONPOINT.

fairy - परी, अप्सरा

tinker - ठीक करना, मरम्मत करना

exquisitely - नज़ाकत से, नज़ाकत से

inclined - प्रोत्साहित करना

Embonpoint - गोल मटोल, स्थूल

[plump hourglass figure]

plump - मोटा, गोल-मटोल

hourglass - रेतघड़ी r=retghaṛī, बालू घड़ी

A moment after the fairy's entrance the window was blown open by the breathing of the little stars, and Peter dropped in. He had carried Tinker Bell part of the way, and his hand was still messy with the fairy dust.

messy - अस्तव्यस्त

"Tinker Bell," he called softly, after making sure that the children were asleep, "Tink, where are you?" She was in a jug for the moment, and liking it extremely; she had never been in a jug before.

softly - हल्का सा, सादे ढंग से

Tink - विचार

jug - सुराही

"Oh, do come out of that jug, and tell me, do you know where they put my shadow?"

The loveliest tinkle as of golden bells answered him. It is the fairy language. You ordinary children can never hear it, but if you were to hear it you would know that you had heard it once before.

tinkle - टनटनाहट, टनटनाना

Tink said that the shadow was in the big box. She meant the chest of drawers, and Peter jumped at the drawers, scattering their contents to the floor with both hands, as kings toss ha'pence to the crowd. In a moment he had recovered his shadow, and in his delight he forgot that he had shut Tinker Bell up in the drawer.

ha - एच ए, ओह!, एच ए, हा

scattering - फैलाव, फुहार, फैला हुआ, छितराव

toss - टॉस

If he thought at all, but I don't believe he ever thought, it was that he and his shadow, when brought near each other, would join like drops of water, and when they did not he was appalled. He tried to stick it on with soap from the bathroom, but that also failed. A shudder passed through Peter, and he sat on the floor and cried.

appalled - नाराज़ होना, विस्मित कर देना

shudder - हिलना, रोंगटे खड़े कर देना

His sobs woke Wendy, and she sat up in bed. She was not alarmed to see a stranger crying on the nursery floor; she was only pleasantly interested.

sobs - कमीना, सिसकते हुए कहना

pleasantly - सुखद रूप से, प्रङुल्लतापूर्वक

"Boy," she said courteously, "why are you crying?"

courteously - शिष्टतापूर्वक

Peter could be exceeding polite also, having learned the grand manner at fairy ceremonies, and he rose and bowed to her beautifully. She was much pleased, and bowed beautifully to him from the bed.

bowed - झुकाना, सिर झुकाना, गलही

"What's your name?" he asked.

What's your name? - आपका नाम क्या है?

"Wendy Moira Angela Darling," she replied with some satisfaction. "What is your name?"

"Peter Pan."

She was already sure that he must be Peter, but it did seem a comparatively short name.

comparatively - तुलनात्मक रूप से

"Is that all?"

"Yes," he said rather sharply. He felt for the first time that it was a shortish name.

sharply - कटुतापूर्वक, तीक्ष्णता से

shortish - somewhat short

"I'm so sorry," said Wendy Moira Angela.

"It doesn't matter," Peter gulped.

It doesn't matter - यह मतलब नहीं है

gulped - निगलना, घूँट भरना, घूँट, गटकना

She asked where he lived.

"Second to the right," said Peter, "and then straight on till morning."

"What a funny address!"

Peter had a sinking. For the first time he felt that perhaps it was a funny address.

"No, it isn't," he said.

"I mean," Wendy said nicely, remembering that she was hostess, "is that what they put on the letters?"

hostess - परिचारिका, अतिथि सत्कारिणी

He wished she had not mentioned letters.

"Don't get any letters," he said contemptuously.

contemptuously - तिरस्कारपूर्वक

"But your mother gets letters?"

"Don't have a mother," he said. Not only had he no mother, but he had not the slightest desire to have one. He thought them very over-rated persons. Wendy, however, felt at once that she was in the presence of a tragedy.

"O Peter, no wonder you were crying," she said, and got out of bed and ran to him.

"I wasn't crying about mothers," he said rather indignantly. "I was crying because I can't get my shadow to stick on. Besides, I wasn't crying."

indignantly - रोषपूर्वक, क्रोध से

stick on - स्टिक पर

"It has come off?"


Then Wendy saw the shadow on the floor, looking so draggled, and she was frightfully sorry for Peter. "How awful!" she said, but she could not help smiling when she saw that he had been trying to stick it on with soap. How exactly like a boy!

Fortunately she knew at once what to do. "It must be sewn on," she said, just a little patronisingly.

patronisingly - दंभपूर्ण दया के साथ

"What's sewn?" he asked.

"You're dreadfully ignorant."

dreadfully - बहुत अधिक, बहुत अधिक

ignorant - अनभिज्ञ, अनपढ, अज्ञानि

"No, I'm not."

But she was exulting in his ignorance. "I shall sew it on for you, my little man," she said, though he was tall as herself, and she got out her housewife [sewing bag], and sewed the shadow on to Peter's foot.

exulting - उल्लसित होना, बहुत प्रसन्न होना

ignorance - अज्ञान, अविद्या, बेखबरी, नासमझी

housewife - गृहिणी, घरनी, घरवाली

sewed - सीलाई करना, सीना

"I daresay it will hurt a little," she warned him.

"Oh, I shan't cry," said Peter, who was already of the opinion that he had never cried in his life. And he clenched his teeth and did not cry, and soon his shadow was behaving properly, though still a little creased.

clenched - जकड़ना, मुट्ठी बाँधना

creased - चुन्नट, शिकन, सिलवट

"Perhaps I should have ironed it," Wendy said thoughtfully, but Peter, boylike, was indifferent to appearances, and he was now jumping about in the wildest glee. Alas, he had already forgotten that he owed his bliss to Wendy. He thought he had attached the shadow himself. "How clever I am!" he crowed rapturously, "oh, the cleverness of me!"

boylike - लड़की जैसा

indifferent - घटिया, तुच्छ, साधारण, उदासीन

glee - आनन्द

bliss - आनन्द

crowed - काँव काँव करना/कुकुरू कूं करना

rapturously - हर्षोन्मत्तता के साथ

cleverness - होशियारी, चुस्ती

It is humiliating to have to confess that this conceit of Peter was one of his most fascinating qualities. To put it with brutal frankness, there never was a cockier boy.

humiliating - नीचा दिखाना, अपमानित करना

conceit - घमण्ड, हास्योक्ति, गुमान

brutal - कटु, पशुवत, निर्दयी

frankness - स्पष्टवादिता, मुँहफ़टपना

cockier - धृष्ट, अहंकारी, गर्वीला, घमंडी

But for the moment Wendy was shocked. "You conceit [braggart]," she exclaimed, with frightful sarcasm; "of course I did nothing!"

braggart - शेख़ीमार, शेखीबाज

frightful - बहुत खराब, भयानक, बहुत खराब

sarcasm - ताना, व्यंग-कथ, व्यंग

"You did a little," Peter said carelessly, and continued to dance.

"A little!" she replied with hauteur [pride]; "if I am no use I can at least withdraw," and she sprang in the most dignified way into bed and covered her face with the blankets.

hauteur - दर्प

most dignified - सबसे सम्मानित

To induce her to look up he pretended to be going away, and when this failed he sat on the end of the bed and tapped her gently with his foot. "Wendy," he said, "don't withdraw. I can't help crowing, Wendy, when I'm pleased with myself." Still she would not look up, though she was listening eagerly.

induce - लाना, प्रेरित करना

gently - सावधानी से, शिष्टता से

crowing - काँव काँव करना/कुकुरू कूं करना

eagerly - व्यग्रता से

"Wendy," he continued, in a voice that no woman has ever yet been able to resist, "Wendy, one girl is more use than twenty boys."

Now Wendy was every inch a woman, though there were not very many inches, and she peeped out of the bed-clothes.

peeped - झलक, झाँकी, झांकना, दिखाई पड़ना

"Do you really think so, Peter?"

"Yes, I do."

"I think it's perfectly sweet of you," she declared, "and I'll get up again," and she sat with him on the side of the bed. She also said she would give him a kiss if he liked, but Peter did not know what she meant, and he held out his hand expectantly.

expectantly - आशापूर्वक

"Surely you know what a kiss is?" she asked, aghast.

aghast - डरपोक, हक्का बक्का, कातर

"I shall know when you give it to me," he replied stiffly, and not to hurt his feeling she gave him a thimble.

stiffly - कड़ेपन के साथ, रुखाई से

thimble - अंगुश्ताना, नोक, टोप

"Now," said he, "shall I give you a kiss?" and she replied with a slight primness, "If you please." She made herself rather cheap by inclining her face toward him, but he merely dropped an acorn button into her hand, so she slowly returned her face to where it had been before, and said nicely that she would wear his kiss on the chain around her neck.

primness - कोमलता, अतिनैष्ठिकता, सुकुमारता

inclining - आकर्षित करना, (incline) आकर्षित करना

toward - की तरफ़, ओर, की ओर

merely - केवल, मात्र

acorn - बाँजफल

It was lucky that she did put it on that chain, for it was afterwards to save her life.

When people in our set are introduced, it is customary for them to ask each other's age, and so Wendy, who always liked to do the correct thing, asked Peter how old he was. It was not really a happy question to ask him; it was like an examination paper that asks grammar, when what you want to be asked is Kings of England.

customary - विशिष्ट, हमेशा का, प्रचलित

examination paper - परीक्षा पेपर

Grammar - व्याकरण, ब्याकरण

"I don't know," he replied uneasily, "but I am quite young." He really knew nothing about it, he had merely suspicions, but he said at a venture, "Wendy, I ran away the day I was born."

suspicions - खटका, अविश्वास, पुट, शक, संदेह

Venture - जाने का साहस करना

Wendy was quite surprised, but interested; and she indicated in the charming drawing-room manner, by a touch on her night-gown, that he could sit nearer her.

"It was because I heard father and mother," he explained in a low voice, "talking about what I was to be when I became a man." He was extraordinarily agitated now. "I don't want ever to be a man," he said with passion. "I want always to be a little boy and to have fun. So I ran away to Kensington Gardens and lived a long long time among the fairies."

extraordinarily - असामान्य ढंग से

agitated - उकसाना, हलचल मचाना, हिलाना

She gave him a look of the most intense admiration, and he thought it was because he had run away, but it was really because he knew fairies. Wendy had lived such a home life that to know fairies struck her as quite delightful.

She poured out questions about them, to his surprise, for they were rather a nuisance to him, getting in his way and so on, and indeed he sometimes had to give them a hiding [spanking]. Still, he liked them on the whole, and he told her about the beginning of fairies.

nuisance - उपद्रव, परेशानी, कण्टक

spanking - पिटाई r=piṭāī, (spank), थप्पड़ मारना r

"You see, Wendy, when the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies."

skipping - रस्सी कूदना, भाग जाना, चूक

Tedious talk this, but being a stay-at-home she liked it.

"And so," he went on good-naturedly, "there ought to be one fairy for every boy and girl."

"Ought to be? Isn't there?"

"No. You see children know such a lot now, they soon don't believe in fairies, and every time a child says, 'I don't believe in fairies,'there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead."

Really, he thought they had now talked enough about fairies, and it struck him that Tinker Bell was keeping very quiet. "I can't think where she has gone to," he said, rising, and he called Tink by name. Wendy's heart went flutter with a sudden thrill.

flutter - उत्तेजना, घबराहट, उतार चढाव

thrill - रोमांचित करना

"Peter," she cried, clutching him, "you don't mean to tell me that there is a fairy in this room!"

clutching - क्लच, अण्डो का समुच्चय

"She was here just now," he said a little impatiently. "You don't hear her, do you?" and they both listened.

impatiently - अधीरतापूर्वक, अधीरत से

"The only sound I hear," said Wendy, "is like a tinkle of bells."

"Well, that's Tink, that's the fairy language. I think I hear her too."

The sound came from the chest of drawers, and Peter made a merry face. No one could ever look quite so merry as Peter, and the loveliest of gurgles was his laugh. He had his first laugh still.

merry - आनन्दपूर्ण

gurgles - गड़गड़ाहट, गड़गड़ाना

"Wendy," he whispered gleefully, "I do believe I shut her up in the drawer!"

He let poor Tink out of the drawer, and she flew about the nursery screaming with fury. "You shouldn't say such things," Peter retorted. "Of course I'm very sorry, but how could I know you were in the drawer?"

fury - प्रचण्डता, कोप, प्रकोप

Wendy was not listening to him. "O Peter," she cried, "if she would only stand still and let me see her!"

"They hardly ever stand still," he said, but for one moment Wendy saw the romantic figure come to rest on the cuckoo clock. "O the lovely!" she cried, though Tink's face was still distorted with passion.

cuckoo clock - कुकू घड़ी

distorted - तोड़ मरोड़ करना, रूप बिगाड़ना

"Tink," said Peter amiably, "this lady says she wishes you were her fairy."

amiably - स्नेहशीलता से, स्नेहशीलता से

Tinker Bell answered insolently.

insolently - अक्खड़पन से

"What does she say, Peter?"

He had to translate. "She is not very polite. She says you are a great [huge] ugly girl, and that she is my fairy."

He tried to argue with Tink. "You know you can't be my fairy, Tink, because I am an gentleman and you are a lady."

To this Tink replied in these words, "You silly ass," and disappeared into the bathroom. "She is quite a common fairy," Peter explained apologetically, "she is called Tinker Bell because she mends the pots and kettles [tinker = tin worker]." [Similar to "cinder" plus "elle" to get Cinderella]

silly ass - मूर्ख गर्दन

apologetically - खेदसूचक ढंग से, खेदसूचक ढंग से

mends - ठीक करना, मरम्मत, मरम्मत करना

kettles - केतली

plus - इसके अतिरिक्त्त, धन, और, मिलाकर

Cinderella - fairy tale

They were together in the armchair by this time, and Wendy plied him with more questions.

armchair - हाथकुर्सी, आराम-कुर्सी

plied - आना जाना, मोटाई{कपडे या लकडी की}

"If you don't live in Kensington Gardens now-"

"Sometimes I do still."

"But where do you live mostly now?"

"With the lost boys."

"Who are they?"

"They are the children who fall out of their perambulators when the nurse is looking the other way. If they are not claimed in seven days they are sent far away to the Neverland to defray expenses. I'm captain."

defray - अदा करना

"What fun it must be!"

"Yes," said cunning Peter, "but we are rather lonely. You see we have no female companionship."

cunning - चालाक

companionship - साथ, संगति

"Are none of the others girls?"

"Oh, no; girls, you know, are much too clever to fall out of their prams."

prams - बच्चा गाड़ी, प्रैम

This flattered Wendy immensely. "I think," she said, "it is perfectly lovely the way you talk about girls; John there just despises us."

flattered - चापलूसी करना, रौशन होना[करना]

immensely - बहुत अधिक, बहुत अधिक

despises - घृणा करना, उपेक्षा करना

For reply Peter rose and kicked John out of bed, blankets and all; one kick. This seemed to Wendy rather forward for a first meeting, and she told him with spirit that he was not captain in her house. However, John continued to sleep so placidly on the floor that she allowed him to remain there. "And I know you meant to be kind," she said, relenting, "so you may give me a kiss."

placidly - शांतिपूर्वक, शांत ढंग से

relenting - निराशाजनक, (relent) निराशाजनक

For the moment she had forgotten his ignorance about kisses. "I thought you would want it back," he said a little bitterly, and offered to return her the thimble.

offered - देना, अर्पण करना, बलि देना

"Oh dear," said the nice Wendy, "I don't mean a kiss, I mean a thimble."

"What's that?"

"It's like this." She kissed him.

"Funny!" said Peter gravely. "Now shall I give you a thimble?"

gravely - गंभीर भाव से, गंभीर भाव से

"If you wish to," said Wendy, keeping her head erect this time.

erect - बनाना, खडा़ करना

Peter thimbled her, and almost immediately she screeched. "What is it, Wendy?"

thimbled - अंगुश्ताना, थोड़ी सी मात्रा

screeched - चीखना

"It was exactly as if someone were pulling my hair."

"That must have been Tink. I never knew her so naughty before."

And indeed Tink was darting about again, using offensive language.

darting - चुन्नट, (**), बर्छी, झपट्टा

"She says she will do that to you, Wendy, every time I give you a thimble."

"But why?"

"Why, Tink?"

Again Tink replied, "You silly ass." Peter could not understand why, but Wendy understood, and she was just slightly disappointed when he admitted that he came to the nursery window not to see her but to listen to stories.

ass - गधा

"You see, I don't know any stories. None of the lost boys knows any stories."

"How perfectly awful," Wendy said.

"Do you know," Peter asked "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories. O Wendy, your mother was telling you such a lovely story."

eaves - ओरी

"Which story was it?"

"About the prince who couldn't find the lady who wore the glass slipper."

slipper - स्लिपर्स, चप्पलें

"Peter," said Wendy excitedly, "that was Cinderella, and he found her, and they lived happily ever after."

excitedly - उत्तेजित हो कर, उत्तेजित हो कर

Peter was so glad that he rose from the floor, where they had been sitting, and hurried to the window.

"Where are you going?" she cried with misgiving.

misgiving - आशंका, शुबह, (misgive) आशंका

"To tell the other boys."

"Don't go Peter," she entreated, "I know such lots of stories."

Those were her precise words, so there can be no denying that it was she who first tempted him.

tempted - लुभाना, आकर्षित करना, ललचाना

He came back, and there was a greedy look in his eyes now which ought to have alarmed her, but did not.

greedy - कंजूस

"Oh, the stories I could tell to the boys!" she cried, and then Peter gripped her and began to draw her toward the window.

gripped - मजबुत पकड़, थैला, समझ, मूठ

"Let me go!" she ordered him.

"Wendy, do come with me and tell the other boys."

Of course she was very pleased to be asked, but she said, "Oh dear, I can't. Think of mummy! Besides, I can't fly."

mummy - मां

"I'll teach you."

"Oh, how lovely to fly."

"I'll teach you how to jump on the wind's back, and then away we go."

wind - हवा

"Oo!" she exclaimed rapturously.

"Wendy, Wendy, when you are sleeping in your silly bed you might be flying about with me saying funny things to the stars."


"And, Wendy, there are mermaids."

mermaids - जलपरी

"Mermaids! With tails?"

"Such long tails."

"Oh," cried Wendy, "to see a mermaid!"

mermaid - जलपरी r=jalparī, मत्स्यांगना

He had become frightfully cunning. "Wendy," he said, "how we should all respect you."

She was wriggling her body in distress. It was quite as if she were trying to remain on the nursery floor.

wriggling - कुलबुलाता हुआ

But he had no pity for her.

"Wendy," he said, the sly one, "you could tuck us in at night."

sly - कपटी, धूर्ततापूर्ण, धूर्त

tuck - चुनट


"None of us has ever been tucked in at night."

tucked - सितारा मछली, मिठाई, लपेटना

"Oo," and her arms went out to him.

"And you could darn our clothes, and make pockets for us. None of us has any pockets."

darn - रफ़ू, रफ़ू करना

How could she resist. "Of course it's awfully fascinating!" she cried. "Peter, would you teach John and Michael to fly too?"

"If you like," he said indifferently, and she ran to John and Michael and shook them. "Wake up," she cried, "Peter Pan has come and he is to teach us to fly."

indifferently - जैसे तैसे, उदासीनता से

John rubbed his eyes. "Then I shall get up," he said. Of course he was on the floor already. "Hallo," he said, "I am up!"

Hallo - हैलो

Michael was up by this time also, looking as sharp as a knife with six blades and a saw, but Peter suddenly signed silence. Their faces assumed the awful craftiness of children listening for sounds from the grown-up world. All was as still as salt. Then everything was right. No, stop! Everything was wrong. Nana, who had been barking distressfully all the evening, was quiet now.

blades - दल, विनोदी व्यक्ति, जिव्हाग्र

craftiness - धूर्तता

It was her silence they had heard.

"Out with the light! Hide! Quick!" cried John, taking command for the only time throughout the whole adventure. And thus when Liza entered, holding Nana, the nursery seemed quite its old self, very dark, and you would have sworn you heard its three wicked inmates breathing angelically as they slept. They were really doing it artfully from behind the window curtains.

wicked - दुष्ट, (wick) दुष्ट

inmates - कैदी, निवासी, वासी

angelically - in an angelic manner

artfully - धूर्तता से, कुशलता से

Liza was in a bad temper, for she was mixing the Christmas puddings in the kitchen, and had been drawn from them, with a raisin still on her cheek, by Nana's absurd suspicions. She thought the best way of getting a little quiet was to take Nana to the nursery for a moment, but in custody of course.

temper - लचकीला बनाना, कम करना, गुस्सा

Christmas - क्रिसमस, क्रिस्मस, बड़ा दिन

puddings - बाद में परोसे जाने ताला खाना

raisin - किशमिश, किसमिस

absurd - निरर्थक, बेतुका, असंगत

custody - हिफ़ाज़त, हिफाजत

"There, you suspicious brute," she said, not sorry that Nana was in disgrace. "They are perfectly safe, aren't they? Every one of the little angels sound asleep in bed. Listen to their gentle breathing."

disgrace - अपमान

angels - सुन्दर, देवदूत, पटी, परि

Here Michael, encouraged by his success, breathed so loudly that they were nearly detected. Nana knew that kind of breathing, and she tried to drag herself out of Liza's clutches.

clutches - क्लच, अण्डो का समुच्चय

But Liza was dense. "No more of it, Nana," she said sternly, pulling her out of the room. "I warn you if you bark again I shall go straight for master and missus and bring them home from the party, and then, oh, won't master whip you, just."

dense - घना

Missus - पत्नी, श्रीमती, श्रीमती जी

whip - चाबुक, हंटर, कोड़ा

She tied the unhappy dog up again, but do you think Nana ceased to bark? Bring master and missus home from the party! Why, that was just what she wanted. Do you think she cared whether she was whipped so long as her charges were safe? Unfortunately Liza returned to her puddings, and Nana, seeing that no help would come from her, strained and strained at the chain until at last she broke it.

ceased - बन्द करना, बन्द करना

strained - थकाना, गाना, मोच

In another moment she had burst into the dining-room of 27 and flung up her paws to heaven, her most expressive way of making a communication. Mr. and Mrs. Darling knew at once that something terrible was happening in their nursery, and without a good-bye to their hostess they rushed into the street.

burst - फूटना

dining - हो हल्ला, शोरगुल, शोरगुल करना

paws - भद्देपन से हाथ लगाना, पंजा

most expressive - सबसे व्यक्तिगत

Good-bye - (Good-bye) अलविदा

But it was now ten minutes since three scoundrels had been breathing behind the curtains, and Peter Pan can do a great deal in ten minutes.

scoundrels - बदमाश, बदमाश/दुष्ट

We now return to the nursery.

"It's all right," John announced, emerging from his hiding-place. "I say, Peter, can you really fly?"

Instead of troubling to answer him Peter flew around the room, taking the mantelpiece on the way.

mantelpiece - अग्निकोष्ठ के ऊपर का ताक

"How topping!" said John and Michael.

"How sweet!" cried Wendy.

"Yes, I'm sweet, oh, I am sweet!" said Peter, forgetting his manners again.

It looked delightfully easy, and they tried it first from the floor and then from the beds, but they always went down instead of up.

delightfully - रुचिकर ढंग से, खुशी से

"I say, how do you do it?" asked John, rubbing his knee. He was quite a practical boy.

"You just think lovely wonderful thoughts," Peter explained, "and they lift you up in the air."

He showed them again.

"You're so nippy at it," John said, "couldn't you do it very slowly once?"

nippy - तेज़, बहुत ठंडा

Peter did it both slowly and quickly. "I've got it now, Wendy!" cried John, but soon he found he had not. Not one of them could fly an inch, though even Michael was in words of two syllables, and Peter did not know A from Z.

I've got it - मैं इसे प्राप्त कर लिया है।

syllables - अक्षर, शब्दांश

Of course Peter had been trifling with them, for no one can fly unless the fairy dust has been blown on him. Fortunately, as we have mentioned, one of his hands was messy with it, and he blew some on each of them, with the most superb results.

trifling - तुच्छ, छोटी, (trifle) तुच्छ

superb - शानदार, उत्कृष्ट

"Now just wiggle your shoulders this way," he said, "and let go."

wiggle - कुलबुलाना, छटपटाना, हिलना, हरकत

They were all on their beds, and gallant Michael let go first. He did not quite mean to let go, but he did it, and immediately he was borne across the room.

gallant - बहादुर

"I flewed!" he screamed while still in mid-air.

mid - मध्य

John let go and met Wendy near the bathroom.

"Oh, lovely!"

"Oh, ripping!"

ripping - चीरा, चीर, अशांत जल क्षेत्र

"Look at me!"

"Look at me!"

"Look at me!"

They were not nearly so elegant as Peter, they could not help kicking a little, but their heads were bobbing against the ceiling, and there is almost nothing so delicious as that. Peter gave Wendy a hand at first, but had to desist, Tink was so indignant.

bobbing - झटका, सम्मान में झुकअना

desist - परहेज करना, रोक लगाना

indignant - रुष्ट

Up and down they went, and round and round. Heavenly was Wendy's word.

heavenly - सुखद, दिव्य, खगोलीय, devine

"I say," cried John, "why shouldn't we all go out?"

Of course it was to this that Peter had been luring them.

luring - लुभाना, ललचाना, प्रलोभन

Michael was ready: he wanted to see how long it took him to do a billion miles. But Wendy hesitated.

billion - अरब, अर्बुद, अब्ज

"Mermaids!" said Peter again.


"And there are pirates."

pirates - अपहरण करना

"Pirates," cried John, seizing his Sunday hat, "let us go at once."

It was just at this moment that Mr. and Mrs. Darling hurried with Nana out of 27. They ran into the middle of the street to look up at the nursery window; and, yes, it was still shut, but the room was ablaze with light, and most heart-gripping sight of all, they could see in shadow on the curtain three little figures in night attire circling round and round, not on the floor but in the air.

ablaze - उत्तेजित, जलता हुआ, जला हुआ

gripping - दिलचस्प, उत्साहित करने वाला

attire - पोशाक, आभूषण पहनना, कपडे

Not three figures, four!

In a tremble they opened the street door. Mr. Darling would have rushed upstairs, but Mrs. Darling signed him to go softly. She even tried to make her heart go softly.

tremble - परेशान करना, हिलना, कम्पन

Will they reach the nursery in time? If so, how delightful for them, and we shall all breathe a sigh of relief, but there will be no story. On the other hand, if they are not in time, I solemnly promise that it will all come right in the end.

sigh - आह भरना

solemnly - in a solemn manner

They would have reached the nursery in time had it not been that the little stars were watching them. Once again the stars blew the window open, and that smallest star of all called out:

"Cave, Peter!"

Then Peter knew that there was not a moment to lose. "Come," he cried imperiously, and soared out at once into the night, followed by John and Michael and Wendy.

imperiously - अभिमानपूर्वक, सगर्व

soared - उड़ना, तेज़ि से बढ़ना

Mr. and Mrs. Darling and Nana rushed into the nursery too late. The birds were flown.

Chapter 4 THE FLIGHT

"Second to the right, and straight on till morning."

That, Peter had told Wendy, was the way to the Neverland; but even birds, carrying maps and consulting them at windy corners, could not have sighted it with these instructions. Peter, you see, just said anything that came into his head.

windy - हवादार, शब्दाडम्बरपूर्ण

At first his companions trusted him implicitly, and so great were the delights of flying that they wasted time circling round church spires or any other tall objects on the way that took their fancy.

Companions - साथी, छोटी पुस्तक, मिट्र

implicitly - अव्यक्त रूप से, अव्यक्त रूप से

spires - शिखर, चोटी, मीनार

John and Michael raced, Michael getting a start.

They recalled with contempt that not so long ago they had thought themselves fine fellows for being able to fly round a room.

fly round - उड़ान घूमना

Not long ago. But how long ago? They were flying over the sea before this thought began to disturb Wendy seriously. John thought it was their second sea and their third night.

Sometimes it was dark and sometimes light, and now they were very cold and again too warm. Did they really feel hungry at times, or were they merely pretending, because Peter had such a jolly new way of feeding them?

jolly - मौजी

feeding - खाना खिलाना, (feed) खाना खिलाना

His way was to pursue birds who had food in their mouths suitable for humans and snatch it from them; then the birds would follow and snatch it back; and they would all go chasing each other gaily for miles, parting at last with mutual expressions of good-will.

snatch - छीनना

gaily - आकर्षक ढंग से, लापरवाही से

mutual - पारस्परिक, आपसी, परस्पर, एक जैसा

But Wendy noticed with gentle concern that Peter did not seem to know that this was rather an odd way of getting your bread and butter, nor even that there are other ways.

Certainly they did not pretend to be sleepy, they were sleepy; and that was a danger, for the moment they popped off, down they fell. The awful thing was that Peter thought this funny.

sleepy - उनींदा, निद्रालु

"There he goes again!" he would cry gleefully, as Michael suddenly dropped like a stone.

"Save him, save him!" cried Wendy, looking with horror at the cruel sea far below. Eventually Peter would dive through the air, and catch Michael just before he could strike the sea, and it was lovely the way he did it; but he always waited till the last moment, and you felt it was his cleverness that interested him and not the saving of human life.

Also he was fond of variety, and the sport that engrossed him one moment would suddenly cease to engage him, so there was always the possibility that the next time you fell he would let you go.

engrossed - मोटे अक्षरों में लिखना

cease - बन्द करना, बन्द करना

He could sleep in the air without falling, by merely lying on his back and floating, but this was, partly at least, because he was so light that if you got behind him and blew he went faster.

"Do be more polite to him," Wendy whispered to John, when they were playing "Follow my Leader."

more polite - अच्छी आदतें

"Then tell him to stop showing off," said John.

When playing Follow my Leader, Peter would fly close to the water and touch each shark's tail in passing, just as in the street you may run your finger along an iron railing. They could not follow him in this with much success, so perhaps it was rather like showing off, especially as he kept looking behind to see how many tails they missed.

Shark - शार्क मछली

"You must be nice to him," Wendy impressed on her brothers. "What could we do if he were to leave us!"

"We could go back," Michael said.

"How could we ever find our way back without him?"

"Well, then, we could go on," said John.

"That is the awful thing, John. We should have to go on, for we don't know how to stop."

This was true, Peter had forgotten to show them how to stop.

John said that if the worst came to the worst, all they had to do was to go straight on, for the world was round, and so in time they must come back to their own window.

"And who is to get food for us, John?"

"I nipped a bit out of that eagle's mouth pretty neatly, Wendy."

eagle - गरुड, चील, उक़ाब, उकाब

neatly - स्वच्छतापूर्वक/सफाई से

"After the twentieth try," Wendy reminded him. "And even though we became good at picking up food, see how we bump against clouds and things if he is not near to give us a hand."

bump - टक्कर, उभार, टकराना, सूजन

Indeed they were constantly bumping. They could now fly strongly, though they still kicked far too much; but if they saw a cloud in front of them, the more they tried to avoid it, the more certainly did they bump into it. If Nana had been with them, she would have had a bandage round Michael's forehead by this time.

bumping - टक्कर, उभार, टकराना, सूजन

bandage - पट्टी, पट्टा

forehead - माथा, माथ, ललाट

Peter was not with them for the moment, and they felt rather lonely up there by themselves. He could go so much faster than they that he would suddenly shoot out of sight, to have some adventure in which they had no share.

He would come down laughing over something fearfully funny he had been saying to a star, but he had already forgotten what it was, or he would come up with mermaid scales still sticking to him, and yet not be able to say for certain what had been happening. It was really rather irritating to children who had never seen a mermaid.

fearfully - भयावह रूप से, भयसहित

irritating - परेशान करना, उत्तेजित करना

"And if he forgets them so quickly," Wendy argued, "how can we expect that he will go on remembering us?"

Indeed, sometimes when he returned he did not remember them, at least not well. Wendy was sure of it. She saw recognition come into his eyes as he was about to pass them the time of day and go on; once even she had to call him by name.

"I'm Wendy," she said agitatedly.

He was very sorry. "I say, Wendy," he whispered to her, "always if you see me forgetting you, just keep on saying 'I'm Wendy,'and then I'll remember."

Of course this was rather unsatisfactory. However, to make amends he showed them how to lie out flat on a strong wind that was going their way, and this was such a pleasant change that they tried it several times and found that they could sleep thus with security. Indeed they would have slept longer, but Peter tired quickly of sleeping, and soon he would cry in his captain voice, "We get off here.

unsatisfactory - असंतोषजनक, असन्तोषजनक, प्रद

amends - सुधारना, संशोधन करना

" So with occasional tiffs, but on the whole rollicking, they drew near the Neverland; for after many moons they did reach it, and, what is more, they had been going pretty straight all the time, not perhaps so much owing to the guidance of Peter or Tink as because the island was looking for them. It is only thus that any one may sight those magic shores.

occasional - प्रासंगिक, असाम्यिक

tiffs - झगड़ा, कहा सुनी, साधारण झगडा

rollicking - हँसमुख, फटकार

guidance - नेतृत्व, मार्गदर्शन

"There it is," said Peter calmly.

calmly - शांतिपूर्वक, शान्ती से

"Where, where?"

"Where all the arrows are pointing."

Indeed a million golden arrows were pointing it out to the children, all directed by their friend the sun, who wanted them to be sure of their way before leaving them for the night.

Wendy and John and Michael stood on tip-toe in the air to get their first sight of the island. Strange to say, they all recognized it at once, and until fear fell upon them they hailed it, not as something long dreamt of and seen at last, but as a familiar friend to whom they were returning home for the holidays.

hailed - ओलावृष्टि, बुलाना

"John, there's the lagoon."

lagoon - झील

"Wendy, look at the turtles burying their eggs in the sand."

turtles - कछुआ, धोखे से उलट जाना

"I say, John, I see your flamingo with the broken leg!"

"Look, Michael, there's your cave!"

"John, what's that in the brushwood?"

brushwood - झाड़ झंखाड़, झाड़ झंखाड़

"It's a wolf with her whelps. Wendy, I do believe that's your little whelp!"

whelps - पिल्ला, शावक, अक्खड़ छोकरा

"There's my boat, John, with her sides stove in!"

stove - स्टोव, चूल्हा, अंगीठी, गरमखाना

"No, it isn't. Why, we burned your boat."

"That's her, at any rate. I say, John, I see the smoke of the redskin camp!"

redskin - उत्तरी अमेरिकी आदिवासी

"Where? Show me, and I'll tell you by the way smoke curls whether they are on the war-path."

curls - मोड़ना, जाना, लपेटना, सिकोड़ना

"There, just across the Mysterious River."

"I see now. Yes, they are on the war-path right enough."

Peter was a little annoyed with them for knowing so much, but if he wanted to lord it over them his triumph was at hand, for have I not told you that anon fear fell upon them?

triumph - विजय

anon - अज्ञात का अंग्रेजी संक्षिप्ताक्षर

It came as the arrows went, leaving the island in gloom.

gloom - अंधकार, उदासी, निराशा

In the old days at home the Neverland had always begun to look a little dark and threatening by bedtime. Then unexplored patches arose in it and spread, black shadows moved about in them, the roar of the beasts of prey was quite different now, and above all, you lost the certainty that you would win. You were quite glad that the night-lights were on.

bedtime - सोने का समय

unexplored - अज्ञात, अनन्वेषित

patches - पट्टी, धब्बा, चकती, क्षेट्रअ

roar - गरजना, चिल्लाना, शोरगुल

beasts - जंगली, असभ्य व्यक्ति, जानवर

prey - शिकार, शिकार करना

You even liked Nana to say that this was just the mantelpiece over here, and that the Neverland was all make-believe.

make-believe - (make-believe) कल्पना करना

Of course the Neverland had been make-believe in those days, but it was real now, and there were no night-lights, and it was getting darker every moment, and where was Nana?

They had been flying apart, but they huddled close to Peter now. His careless manner had gone at last, his eyes were sparkling, and a tingle went through them every time they touched his body. They were now over the fearsome island, flying so low that sometimes a tree grazed their feet.

huddled - सलाह मशविरा, झुंड, सिमट जाना

sparkling - उत्कृष्ट, चमकदार, झिलमिलाता हुआ

tingle - सनसनाहट, जलना, सिहरन

fearsome - भयंकर, घबराने वाला/बृहत्/डरावना

grazed - खरोंच, चरना, चराना, खरोंच लेना

Nothing horrid was visible in the air, yet their progress had become slow and laboured, exactly as if they were pushing their way through hostile forces. Sometimes they hung in the air until Peter had beaten on it with his fists.

hostile - शत्रुतापूर्ण, शत्रु का, विरोधी

"They don't want us to land," he explained.

"Who are they?" Wendy whispered, shuddering.

But he could not or would not say. Tinker Bell had been asleep on his shoulder, but now he wakened her and sent her on in front.

Sometimes he poised himself in the air, listening intently, with his hand to his ear, and again he would stare down with eyes so bright that they seemed to bore two holes to earth. Having done these things, he went on again.

poised - तैयार, संतुलित, संयमी

intently - उत्सुकतापूर्वक

His courage was almost appalling. "Would you like an adventure now," he said casually to John, "or would you like to have your tea first?"

appalling - घटिया, भयंकर, (appal) घटिया

casually - सादे ढंग से, यूँ ही, यूँ ही

Wendy said "tea first" quickly, and Michael pressed her hand in gratitude, but the braver John hesitated.

gratitude - आभार, कृतज्ञता, शुक्र r=śukr

"What kind of adventure?" he asked cautiously.

cautiously - सतर्कतापूर्वक

"There's a pirate asleep in the pampas just beneath us," Peter told him. "If you like, we'll go down and kill him."

pirate - जलडाकू, जलदस्यु

Pampas - दक्षिणी अमरीका का घास का मइदान

beneath - नीचे की और, के योग्य, के नीचे

"I don't see him," John said after a long pause.

"I do."

"Suppose," John said, a little huskily, "he were to wake up."

huskily - भारी आवाज़ में, कर्कश आवाज़ से

Peter spoke indignantly. "You don't think I would kill him while he was sleeping! I would wake him first, and then kill him. That's the way I always do."

"I say! Do you kill many?"


John said "How ripping," but decided to have tea first. He asked if there were many pirates on the island just now, and Peter said he had never known so many.

have tea - चाय पीना

"Who is captain now?"

"Hook," answered Peter, and his face became very stern as he said that hated word.

stern - कड़ा, कठोर, सख्त

"Jas. Hook?"


Ay - Aapkaa swagat haiआपका स्वागत है।

Then indeed Michael began to cry, and even John could speak in gulps only, for they knew Hook's reputation.

gulps - निगलना, घूँट भरना, घूँट, गटकना

"He was Blackbeard's bo'sun," John whispered huskily. "He is the worst of them all. He is the only man of whom Barbecue was afraid."

Blackbeard - pirate's name

Barbecue - धातु की छड़, बारबेक्यू भोज

"That's him," said Peter.

"What is he like? Is he big?"

"He is not so big as he was."

"How do you mean?"

"I cut off a bit of him."


"Yes, me," said Peter sharply.

"I wasn't meaning to be disrespectful."

disrespectful - अनादरणीय, निरादरपूर्ण

"Oh, all right."

"But, I say, what bit?"

"His right hand."

"Then he can't fight now?"

"Oh, can't he just!"


hander - हैंडर

"He has an iron hook instead of a right hand, and he claws with it."

claws - खरोंचना, पंजा मारना, पंजा


"I say, John," said Peter.


"Say, 'Ay, ay, sir.'"

"Ay, ay, sir."

"There is one thing," Peter continued, "that every boy who serves under me has to promise, and so must you."

John paled.

"It is this, if we meet Hook in open fight, you must leave him to me."

"I promise," John said loyally.

loyally - वफ़ादारी से, वफ़ादारी से

For the moment they were feeling less eerie, because Tink was flying with them, and in her light they could distinguish each other. Unfortunately she could not fly so slowly as they, and so she had to go round and round them in a circle in which they moved as in a halo. Wendy quite liked it, until Peter pointed out the drawbacks.

eerie - भयानक, डरावनी

halo - सूर्यमंडल, परिधि, परिवेश

drawbacks - कमी, खामी

"She tells me," he said, "that the pirates sighted us before the darkness came, and got Long Tom out."

Tom - बिल्ला

"The big gun?"

"Yes. And of course they must see her light, and if they guess we are near it they are sure to let fly."




"Tell her to go away at once, Peter," the three cried simultaneously, but he refused.

refused - अग्राह्य करना, अस्वीकार करना

"She thinks we have lost the way," he replied stiffly, "and she is rather frightened. You don't think I would send her away all by herself when she is frightened!"

For a moment the circle of light was broken, and something gave Peter a loving little pinch.

pinch - काटना, चुराना, चिकोटी काटना

"Then tell her," Wendy begged, "to put out her light."

"She can't put it out. That is about the only thing fairies can't do. It just goes out of itself when she falls asleep, same as the stars."

falls asleep - सो जाता है

"Then tell her to sleep at once," John almost ordered.

"She can't sleep except when she's sleepy. It is the only other thing fairies can't do."

"Seems to me," growled John, "these are the only two things worth doing."

Here he got a pinch, but not a loving one.

"If only one of us had a pocket," Peter said, "we could carry her in it." However, they had set off in such a hurry that there was not a pocket between the four of them.

He had a happy idea. John's hat!

Tink agreed to travel by hat if it was carried in the hand. John carried it, though she had hoped to be carried by Peter. Presently Wendy took the hat, because John said it struck against his knee as he flew; and this, as we shall see, led to mischief, for Tinker Bell hated to be under an obligation to Wendy.

mischief - शरारत

In the black topper the light was completely hidden, and they flew on in silence. It was the stillest silence they had ever known, broken once by a distant lapping, which Peter explained was the wild beasts drinking at the ford, and again by a rasping sound that might have been the branches of trees rubbing together, but he said it was the redskins sharpening their knives.

ford - फ़ोर्ड

rasping - तीखा

redskins - उत्तरी अमेरिकी आदिवासी

sharpening - तेज़ हो जाना, तेज़ करना

Even these noises ceased. To Michael the loneliness was dreadful. "If only something would make a sound!" he cried.

loneliness - अकेलापन, तनहाई

As if in answer to his request, the air was rent by the most tremendous crash he had ever heard. The pirates had fired Long Tom at them.

tremendous - बहुत अच्छा, ज़बर्दस्त, असीम

The roar of it echoed through the mountains, and the echoes seemed to cry savagely, "Where are they, where are they, where are they?"

echoed - हाँ में हाँ मिलाना, गूँज

Echoes - हाँ में हाँ मिलाना, गूँज

savagely - शिष्टाचारहीनतः, अशिष्टतः

Thus sharply did the terrified three learn the difference between an island of make-believe and the same island come true.

When at last the heavens were steady again, John and Michael found themselves alone in the darkness. John was treading the air mechanically, and Michael without knowing how to float was floating.

treading - ट्रेडिंग, (tread) ट्रेडिंग

mechanically - मशीन की सहायता से

"Are you shot?" John whispered tremulously.

tremulously - कँपकँपाहट के साथ, थरथराहट के साथ

"I haven't tried [myself out] yet," Michael whispered back.

We know now that no one had been hit. Peter, however, had been carried by the wind of the shot far out to sea, while Wendy was blown upwards with no companion but Tinker Bell.

companion - साथी

It would have been well for Wendy if at that moment she had dropped the hat.

I don't know whether the idea came suddenly to Tink, or whether she had planned it on the way, but she at once popped out of the hat and began to lure Wendy to her destruction.

lure - आकर्षण, प्रलोभन

Tink was not all bad; or, rather, she was all bad just now, but, on the other hand, sometimes she was all good. Fairies have to be one thing or the other, because being so small they unfortunately have room for one feeling only at a time. They are, however, allowed to change, only it must be a complete change. At present she was full of jealousy of Wendy.

jealousy - जलन, ईर्षा

What she said in her lovely tinkle Wendy could not of course understand, and I believe some of it was bad words, but it sounded kind, and she flew back and forward, plainly meaning "Follow me, and all will be well."

plainly - साफ़ तौर पर, साफ़ साफ़

What else could poor Wendy do? She called to Peter and John and Michael, and got only mocking echoes in reply. She did not yet know that Tink hated her with the fierce hatred of a very woman. And so, bewildered, and now staggering in her flight, she followed Tink to her doom.

fierce - भारी, घमासान, उत्तेजित, तीव्र

hatred - घृणा, घिन, दुश्मनी, नफ़रत

bewildered - हैरान करना, घबरा देना

staggering - चौंका देने वाला, (stagger) चौंका देने वाला

doom - बरबाद होना, अर्थी, बरबाद होना


Feeling 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.

pluperfect - पूर्णभूत

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.

absence - अनुपस्थिति

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.

lethargy - सुस्ती, अकर्मण्यता, अलसता

seething - हिलता हुआ, हिलता हुआ

On this evening the chief forces of the island were disposed as follows. The lost boys were out looking for Peter, the pirates were out looking for the lost boys, the redskins were out looking for the pirates, and the beasts were out looking for the redskins. They were going round and round the island, but they did not meet because all were going at the same rate.

disposed - सजाना, ठीक रखना, ठिकाने लगाना

All wanted blood except the boys, who liked it as a rule, but to-night were out to greet their captain. The boys on the island vary, of course, in numbers, according as they get killed and so on; and when they seem to be growing up, which is against the rules, Peter thins them out; but at this time there were six of them, counting the twins as two.

Let us pretend to lie here among the sugar-cane and watch them as they steal by in single file, each with his hand on his dagger.

cane - बेत, बेँत

dagger - छुरा, कटार

They are forbidden by Peter to look in the least like him, and they wear the skins of the bears slain by themselves, in which they are so round and furry that when they fall they roll. They have therefore become very sure-footed.

slain - हत्या करना, मार ड़ालना/वधा

furry - रोम जैसा, मुलायम बालों वाली

The first to pass is Tootles, not the least brave but the most unfortunate of all that gallant band.

most unfortunate - सबसे दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण

He had been in fewer adventures than any of them, because the big things constantly happened just when he had stepped round the corner; all would be quiet, he would take the opportunity of going off to gather a few sticks for firewood, and then when he returned the others would be sweeping up the blood.

firewood - लकड़ी

This ill-luck had given a gentle melancholy to his countenance, but instead of souring his nature had sweetened it, so that he was quite the humblest of the boys. Poor kind Tootles, there is danger in the air for you to-night. Take care lest an adventure is now offered you, which, if accepted, will plunge you in deepest woe.

melancholy - निराशाजनक, उदासी की अवस्था

countenance - समर्थन, मुखाकृति, अनुमोदन करना

souring - process by which something is made or becomes sour

sweetened - और मीठा करना, और मीठा करना

humblest - विनम्र, नीचा दिखाना, नम्र

plunge - खुद को गहरे पानी इत्यादि में गिराना

woe - संताप, शोक, विषाद

Tootles, the fairy Tink, who is bent on mischief this night is looking for a tool [for doing her mischief], and she thinks you are the most easily tricked of the boys. 'Ware Tinker Bell.

Ware - सामान, उत्पाद, सौदा, फूँक देना

Would that he could hear us, but we are not really on the island, and he passes by, biting his knuckles.

Next comes Nibs, the gay and debonair, followed by Slightly, who cuts whistles out of the trees and dances ecstatically to his own tunes. Slightly is the most conceited of the boys. He thinks he remembers the days before he was lost, with their manners and customs, and this has given his nose an offensive tilt.

Nibs - निब, कलम की नोक

debonair - अनुग्रहपूर्ण

whistles - चहचहाहट

ecstatically - आनन्दातिरेकपूर्वक

conceited - घमण्ड, हास्योक्ति, गुमान

tilt - झुकना

Curly is fourth; he is a pickle, [a person who gets in pickles-predicaments] and so often has he had to deliver up his person when Peter said sternly, "Stand forth the one who did this thing," that now at the command he stands forth automatically whether he has done it or not. Last come the Twins, who cannot be described because we should be sure to be describing the wrong one.

pickles - चटनी, अचार, अचार बनाना

predicaments - हालत, दुर्दशा, दशा

Peter never quite knew what twins were, and his band were not allowed to know anything he did not know, so these two were always vague about themselves, and did their best to give satisfaction by keeping close together in an apologetic sort of way.

vague - अज्ञात, हल्का, अनिश्चित

apologetic - शर्मिंदा, क्षमायाचक

The boys vanish in the gloom, and after a pause, but not a long pause, for things go briskly on the island, come the pirates on their track. We hear them before they are seen, and it is always the same dreadful song:

vanish - ओझल हो जाना, समाप्त हो जाना

briskly - तेज़ी से, तेज़ी से

"Avast belay, yo ho, heave to,

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Ho - अरे!

heave to - हेव टू

A-pirating we go,

pirating - अपहरण करना

And if we're parted by a shot

We're sure to meet below!"

A more villainous-looking lot never hung in a row on Execution dock. Here, a little in advance, ever and again with his head to the ground listening, his great arms bare, pieces of eight in his ears as ornaments, is the handsome Italian Cecco, who cut his name in letters of blood on the back of the governor of the prison at Gao.

villainous - दुष्ट, उपद्रवी

execution - अमल

Dock - घाट, जहाज गोदाम

bare - अनावृत

ornaments - सजावट, जेवर, अलंकृत करना, आभूषण

handsome - ख़ूबसूरत

That gigantic black behind him has had many names since he dropped the one with which dusky mothers still terrify their children on the banks of the Guadjo-mo.

gigantic - बहुत बड़ा

dusky - मटमैला, श्यामल

mo - चिकित्सा अधिकारी

Here is Bill Jukes, every inch of him tattooed, the same Bill Jukes who got six dozen on the WALRUS from Flint before he would drop the bag of moidores [Portuguese gold pieces]; and Cookson, said to be Black Murphy's brother (but this was never proved), and Gentleman Starkey, once an usher in a public school and still dainty in his ways of killing; and Skylights (Morgan's Skylights); and the Irish bo'sun Smee, an oddly genial man who stabbed, so to speak, without offence, and was the only Non-conformist in Hook's crew; and Noodler, whose hands were fixed on backwards; and Robt. Mullins and Alf Mason and many another ruffian long known and feared on the Spanish Main.

tattooed - गोदना, त्वचा पर गोदना, गुदना

walrus - वालरस

Flint - चक़मक़, चकमक

Portuguese - पुर्तगाली

Murphy - सफ़ेद आलू

usher - प्रवेश कराना/भेंट करा

dainty - मृदु, स्वादिष्ट वस्तु/प्रसाद

Skylights - रोशनदान, झरोखा/रोशनदान/वातायन

Morgan - male given name

Irish - आयरलैंड संबंधी, आयरिश

Smee - मी

genial - प्रसन्नचित

stabbed - घाव, प्रहार करना, दबाना

non - ग़ैर

conformist - अनुसारक

Mason - राजमिस्त्री

ruffian - बदमाश, गुंडा, गुण्डा

Spanish - स्पेनीय, स्पॅनिश, स्पैनिश

In the midst of them, the blackest and largest in that dark setting, reclined James Hook, or as he wrote himself, Jas. Hook, of whom it is said he was the only man that the Sea-Cook feared. He lay at his ease in a rough chariot drawn and propelled by his men, and instead of a right hand he had the iron hook with which ever and anon he encouraged them to increase their pace.

midst - बीच

reclined - झुकना

James - book of the Bible

ease - शांत करना, आराम, हल्का करना

chariot - रथ

propelled - उकसाना, प्रेरित करना, ठेलना

As dogs this terrible man treated and addressed them, and as dogs they obeyed him. In person he was cadaverous [dead looking] and blackavized [dark faced], and his hair was dressed in long curls, which at a little distance looked like black candles, and gave a singularly threatening expression to his handsome countenance.

cadaverous - विवर्ण

singularly - एकदम ही, विशिष्ट रूप से

His eyes were of the blue of the forget-me-not, and of a profound melancholy, save when he was plunging his hook into you, at which time two red spots appeared in them and lit them up horribly. In manner, something of the grand seigneur still clung to him, so that he even ripped you up with an air, and I have been told that he was a RACONTEUR [storyteller] of repute.

profound - गहन, गहरा, पारंगत, अथाह, गाढ़ा

plunging - डूबना, (plunge) डूबना

hook into - के लिए हस्तांतरण करना

horribly - भयंकर रूपसे, बुरी तरह से

seigneur - भगवान

clung - चिपक जाना, टिके रहना

ripped - चीरा, चीर, अशांत जल क्षेत्र

Raconteur - मज़ेदार कहानियाँ सुनाने वाला

storyteller - कहानीकार

repute - प्रतिष्ठा, कीर्ति, ख्याति

He was never more sinister than when he was most polite, which is probably the truest test of breeding; and the elegance of his diction, even when he was swearing, no less than the distinction of his demeanour, showed him one of a different cast from his crew.

sinister - अशुभ, डरावना

most polite - सबसे विनम्र

breeding - प्रजनन, अभिजाति

elegance - लालित्य, शिष्टता

diction - उच्चारण, शब्दयोजना, ढंग

distinction - प्रतिष्ठा, पार्थक्य, अन्तर

demeanour - आचरण

A man of indomitable courage, it was said that the only thing he shied at was the sight of his own blood, which was thick and of an unusual colour.

indomitable - अदम्य

In dress he somewhat aped the attire associated with the name of Charles II, having heard it said in some earlier period of his career that he bore a strange resemblance to the ill-fated Stuarts; and in his mouth he had a holder of his own contrivance which enabled him to smoke two cigars at once. But undoubtedly the grimmest part of him was his iron claw.

aped - वानर, बन्दर की जात का जानवर

Charles - given name

holder - धारक, होल्डर

contrivance - मशीन, यन्त्र, युक्ति

cigars - चुरुट/सिगार, सिगार, चुरूट

Undoubtedly - निश्चित रूप से

grimmest - कठोर, भयंकर, भयानक, मनहूस

claw - पंजा

Let us now kill a pirate, to show Hook's method. Skylights will do. As they pass, Skylights lurches clumsily against him, ruffling his lace collar; the hook shoots forth, there is a tearing sound and one screech, then the body is kicked aside, and the pirates pass on. He has not even taken the cigars from his mouth.

lurches - झटका, झटका खाना

clumsily - फूहड़ ढंग से

ruffling - झुकाव, (ruffle) झुकाव

lace - फीता

collar - कॉलर, गरेबान, गला

screech - चीखना

Such is the terrible man against whom Peter Pan is pitted. Which will win?

pitted - गड्ढा, दाग बनाना, बीज निकालना

On the trail of the pirates, stealing noiselessly down the war-path, which is not visible to inexperienced eyes, come the redskins, every one of them with his eyes peeled. They carry tomahawks and knives, and their naked bodies gleam with paint and oil.

trail - पीछे होना, हारना, चरण, निशानी

noiselessly - बिना आवाज़ किये

inexperienced - अनुभवहीन, अव्यूत्पन्न

peeled - गिरना, छिलना, छिलका, छीलना

gleam - किरण डालना

Strung around them are scalps, of boys as well as of pirates, for these are the Piccaninny tribe, and not to be confused with the softer-hearted Delawares or the Hurons. In the van, on all fours, is Great Big Little Panther, a brave of so many scalps that in his present position they somewhat impede his progress.

Piccaninny - पिकानिनी

Panther - तेंदुआ, चीता

scalps - सिर की खाल उतारना

impede - रोकना, अटकाना

Bringing up the rear, the place of greatest danger, comes Tiger Lily, proudly erect, a princess in her own right. She is the most beautiful of dusky Dianas [Diana = goddess of the woods] and the belle of the Piccaninnies, coquettish [flirting], cold and amorous [loving] by turns; there is not a brave who would not have the wayward thing to wife, but she staves off the altar with a hatchet.

rear - पिछवाड़ा

tiger - बाघ

Lily - कुमुदिनी

proudly - शानदार ढंग से, अभिमानपूर्वक

Diana - Roman goddess, female given name

goddess - देवी

belle - सुंदरी, सुन्दरी

coquettish - as a young

flirting - फ्लर्टिंग, (flirt) फ्लर्टिंग

amorous - कामुक, कामी{रसिक}

wayward - निरंकुश, हठी, ज़िद्दी

staves - पटरा लगाना, डंडा, सूराख करना

altar - वेदी

hatchet - परशु, तवर

Observe how they pass over fallen twigs without making the slightest noise. The only sound to be heard is their somewhat heavy breathing. The fact is that they are all a little fat just now after the heavy gorging, but in time they will work this off. For the moment, however, it constitutes their chief danger.

twigs - टहनी, समझ में आना, समझ जाना

gorging - भकोसना, तंग घाटी

constitutes - होना, बनाना, निर्माण करना

The redskins disappear as they have come like shadows, and soon their place is taken by the beasts, a great and motley procession: lions, tigers, bears, and the innumerable smaller savage things that flee from them, for every kind of beast, and, more particularly, all the man-eaters, live cheek by jowl on the favoured island. Their tongues are hanging out, they are hungry to-night.

motley - रंगबिरंगा, विविधतापूर्ण करना

procession - शोभायाट्रा, याट्रा का व्यक्ति

tigers - शेर, बाघ, बाघ का बच्चा, चटोरा

innumerable - असंख्य, अमित

savage - असभ्य, दुष्ट, तीव्र, काटना

flee - भागना

beast - वहश, जानवर, हैवान, जंतु

eaters - भक्षक, खानेवाला/भक्षक

jowl - मांसल गाल

When they have passed, comes the last figure of all, a gigantic crocodile. We shall see for whom she is looking presently.

crocodile - मगर, घड़ियाल, मगरमच्छ

The crocodile passes, but soon the boys appear again, for the procession must continue indefinitely until one of the parties stops or changes its pace. Then quickly they will be on top of each other.

indefinitely - अनिश्चित काल तक

All are keeping a sharp look-out in front, but none suspects that the danger may be creeping up from behind. This shows how real the island was.

creeping - जाना, डर, छिपकर घुसना, घुसना

The first to fall out of the moving circle was the boys. They flung themselves down on the sward [turf], close to their underground home.

sward - घास स्थली/शाध्वल, घास का मैदान

turf - इलाका, अधिकार क्षेत्र

"I do wish Peter would come back," every one of them said nervously, though in height and still more in breadth they were all larger than their captain.

nervously - घबराए हुए अंदाझ्ॅअ में

breadth - फ़ासला, विशालता, विस्तार

"I am the only one who is not afraid of the pirates," Slightly said, in the tone that prevented his being a general favourite; but perhaps some distant sound disturbed him, for he added hastily, "but I wish he would come back, and tell us whether he has heard anything more about Cinderella."

hastily - जल्दी से, जल्दी से

They talked of Cinderella, and Tootles was confident that his mother must have been very like her.

It was only in Peter's absence that they could speak of mothers, the subject being forbidden by him as silly.

"All I remember about my mother," Nibs told them, "is that she often said to my father, 'Oh, how I wish I had a cheque-book of my own!'I don't know what a cheque-book is, but I should just love to give my mother one."

While they talked they heard a distant sound. You or I, not being wild things of the woods, would have heard nothing, but they heard it, and it was the grim song:

grim - भयानक

"Yo ho, yo ho, the pirate life,

The flag o'skull and bones,

A merry hour, a hempen rope,

hempen - made of hemp

And hey for Davy Jones."

At once the lost boys-but where are they? They are no longer there. Rabbits could not have disappeared more quickly.

rabbits - अनाड़ी खिलाड़ी

I will tell you where they are. With the exception of Nibs, who has darted away to reconnoitre [look around], they are already in their home under the ground, a very delightful residence of which we shall see a good deal presently. But how have they reached it? for there is no entrance to be seen, not so much as a large stone, which if rolled away, would disclose the mouth of a cave.

reconnoitre - टोह लेना

residence - निवास, रहने का स्थान

disclose - बताना, दिखाना, प्रकट करना

Look closely, however, and you may note that there are here seven large trees, each with a hole in its hollow trunk as large as a boy. These are the seven entrances to the home under the ground, for which Hook has been searching in vain these many moons. Will he find it tonight?

trunk - तना

As the pirates advanced, the quick eye of Starkey sighted Nibs disappearing through the wood, and at once his pistol flashed out. But an iron claw gripped his shoulder.

pistol - बंदूक, तमंचा, पिस्तौल

"Captain, let go!" he cried, writhing.

writhing - कुलबुलाता हुआ

Now for the first time we hear the voice of Hook. It was a black voice. "Put back that pistol first," it said threateningly.

"It was one of those boys you hate. I could have shot him dead."

"Ay, and the sound would have brought Tiger Lily's redskins upon us. Do you want to lose your scalp?"

scalp - सिर की खाल उतारना

"Shall I after him, Captain," asked pathetic Smee, "and tickle him with Johnny Corkscrew?" Smee had pleasant names for everything, and his cutlass was Johnny Corkscrew, because he wiggled it in the wound. One could mention many lovable traits in Smee. For instance, after killing, it was his spectacles he wiped instead of his weapon.

pathetic - दयनीय, शोचनीय, भावात्मक

tickle - गुदगुदाना

Johnny - diminutive of John

cutlass - सुखरी

corkscrew - कागपेंच, काग निकालने का पेंच

wiggled - कुलबुलाना, छटपटाना, हिलना, हरकत

lovable - प्यारा

spectacles - प्रदर्शन, तमाशा, दृश्य, चश्मा

wiped - गिरना, हटाना, पौंछा लगाना

"Johnny's a silent fellow," he reminded Hook.

"Not now, Smee," Hook said darkly. "He is only one, and I want to mischief all the seven. Scatter and look for them."

darkly - गहरी उदासी से

Scatter - फैलाव, छितराव, तितर बितर करना

The pirates disappeared among the trees, and in a moment their Captain and Smee were alone. Hook heaved a heavy sigh, and I know not why it was, perhaps it was because of the soft beauty of the evening, but there came over him a desire to confide to his faithful bo'sun the story of his life.

heaved - उठाना, उबकाई, उबकाई आना, लहराना

confide - बताना, सौंपना, गुप्त बात बताना

He spoke long and earnestly, but what it was all about Smee, who was rather stupid, did not know in the least.

earnestly - ईमानदारी से, ईमानदारी से

Anon [later] he caught the word Peter.

"Most of all," Hook was saying passionately, "I want their captain, Peter Pan. 'Twas he cut off my arm." He brandished the hook threateningly. "I've waited long to shake his hand with this. Oh, I'll tear him!"

passionately - आवेश में आ कर

brandished - घुमाना

"And yet," said Smee, "I have often heard you say that hook was worth a score of hands, for combing the hair and other homely uses."

combing - कंघा, छत्ता, खोजना, साफ़ करना

homely - साधारण, घरेलू, सादा, सीधा सादा

"Ay," the captain answered, "if I was a mother I would pray to have my children born with this instead of that," and he cast a look of pride upon his iron hand and one of scorn upon the other. Then again he frowned.

scorn - तिरस्कार, तिरस्कार करना

frowned - त्योरी, तेवर, त्यौरी

"Peter flung my arm," he said, wincing, "to a crocodile that happened to be passing by."

wincing - कष्टप्रद, (wince) कष्टप्रद

"I have often," said Smee, "noticed your strange dread of crocodiles."

dread - वहशत, सहम

crocodiles - स्कूली छाट्रों की लम्बी कतार

"Not of crocodiles," Hook corrected him, "but of that one crocodile." He lowered his voice. "It liked my arm so much, Smee, that it has followed me ever since, from sea to sea and from land to land, licking its lips for the rest of me."

licking - पिटाई, हार, (lick) पिटाई

"In a way," said Smee, "it's sort of a compliment."

compliment - तारीफ़, प्रशंसा

"I want no such compliments," Hook barked petulantly. "I want Peter Pan, who first gave the brute its taste for me."

compliments - प्रशंसा, प्रशंसा करना

barked - गरजना, चिल्लाना, भूँकना

petulantly - चिडचिडा कर

He sat down on a large mushroom, and now there was a quiver in his voice. "Smee," he said huskily, "that crocodile would have had me before this, but by a lucky chance it swallowed a clock which goes tick tick inside it, and so before it can reach me I hear the tick and bolt." He laughed, but in a hollow way.

mushroom - कुकुरमुत्ता, कुकुरमुता, खुंभी

quiver - कांपना

lucky chance - भाग्य का अवसर

the tick - टीक

bolt - चटखनी

"Some day," said Smee, "the clock will run down, and then he'll get you."

Hook wetted his dry lips. "Ay," he said, "that's the fear that haunts me."

haunts - याद आना, भूत बन कर घूमना, अड्डा

Since sitting down he had felt curiously warm. "Smee," he said, "this seat is hot." He jumped up. "Odds bobs, hammer and tongs I'm burning."

curiously - अजीब से

bobs - झटका, सम्मान में झुकअना

hammer - हथौड़ा, (ham)

tongs - संडसी, कर्लर, चिमटा

They examined the mushroom, which was of a size and solidity unknown on the mainland; they tried to pull it up, and it came away at once in their hands, for it had no root. Stranger still, smoke began at once to ascend. The pirates looked at each other. "A chimney!" they both exclaimed.

solidity - ठोसपन, मजबूती, दृढ़ता

mainland - मुख्य भू भाग, मुख्य भूभाग

ascend - चढ़ना

They had indeed discovered the chimney of the home under the ground. It was the custom of the boys to stop it with a mushroom when enemies were in the neighbourhood.

Not only smoke came out of it. There came also children's voices, for so safe did the boys feel in their hiding-place that they were gaily chattering. The pirates listened grimly, and then replaced the mushroom. They looked around them and noted the holes in the seven trees.

chattering - बातचीत, (chatter) बातचीत

grimly - कठोरता से, कठोरता से

"Did you hear them say Peter Pan's from home?" Smee whispered, fidgeting with Johnny Corkscrew.

fidgeting with - उलझना

Hook nodded. He stood for a long time lost in thought, and at last a curdling smile lit up his swarthy face. Smee had been waiting for it. "Unrip your plan, captain," he cried eagerly.

curdling - डरावना, (curdle) डरावना

swarthy - साँवला

Unrip - अनरिप

"To return to the ship," Hook replied slowly through his teeth, "and cook a large rich cake of a jolly thickness with green sugar on it. There can be but one room below, for there is but one chimney. The silly moles had not the sense to see that they did not need a door apiece. That shows they have no mother. We will leave the cake on the shore of the Mermaids'Lagoon.

thickness - परत, मोटाई, भर्रायापन, गाढ़ापन

moles - तिल, जासूस, मोल, छंछूदर, छुछुंदर

apiece - प्रत्येक

These boys are always swimming about there, playing with the mermaids. They will find the cake and they will gobble it up, because, having no mother, they don't know how dangerous 'tis to eat rich damp cake." He burst into laughter, not hollow laughter now, but honest laughter. "Aha, they will die."

gobble - जल्दी और आवाज करके खाना

Tis - यह है, (Ti) यह है

damp - कम करना, गीला, नमी, नम करना

Aha - आहा

Smee had listened with growing admiration.

"It's the wickedest, prettiest policy ever I heard of!" he cried, and in their exultation they danced and sang:

wickedest - शरारती, पापी, दुष्ट, प्रचण्ड

exultation - उल्लास

"Avast, belay, when I appear,

By fear they're overtook;

overtook - में अड़्चन पैदा करना

Nought's left upon your bones when you

nought - शून्य

Have shaken claws with Hook."

They began the verse, but they never finished it, for another sound broke in and stilled them. There was at first such a tiny sound that a leaf might have fallen on it and smothered it, but as it came nearer it was more distinct.

verse - कविता

smothered - रोकना, दबाना

Tick tick tick tick!

tick - घड़ी की टिकटिक

Hook stood shuddering, one foot in the air.

"The crocodile!" he gasped, and bounded away, followed by his bo'sun.

gasped - चाहना, धक से रह जाना

It was indeed the crocodile. It had passed the redskins, who were now on the trail of the other pirates. It oozed on after Hook.

oozed - टपकाना, बहना, दलदल, रिसाव

Once more the boys emerged into the open; but the dangers of the night were not yet over, for presently Nibs rushed breathless into their midst, pursued by a pack of wolves. The tongues of the pursuers were hanging out; the baying of them was horrible.

breathless - हँफा देनेवाली, स्तब्ध, बेदम

wolves - क्रूर व्यक्ति, भकोसना

pursuers - खोजने वाला, पीछा करने वाला

baying - भोंक, रोना

"Save me, save me!" cried Nibs, falling on the ground.

"But what can we do, what can we do?"

It was a high compliment to Peter that at that dire moment their thoughts turned to him.

dire - भीषण, बेकार

"What would Peter do?" they cried simultaneously.

Almost in the same breath they cried, "Peter would look at them through his legs."

And then, "Let us do what Peter would do."

It is quite the most successful way of defying wolves, and as one boy they bent and looked through their legs. The next moment is the long one, but victory came quickly, for as the boys advanced upon them in the terrible attitude, the wolves dropped their tails and fled.

defying - विरोध करना, सामना करना

fled - भाग जाना, फरार होना

Now Nibs rose from the ground, and the others thought that his staring eyes still saw the wolves. But it was not wolves he saw.

"I have seen a wonderfuller thing," he cried, as they gathered round him eagerly. "A great white bird. It is flying this way."

"What kind of a bird, do you think?"

"I don't know," Nibs said, awestruck, "but it looks so weary, and as it flies it moans, 'Poor Wendy.'"

awestruck - आदर[डर] से पूर्ण, विस्मयाभिभूत

weary - थकाना, उकता देना, उबाऊ

moans - कराहना, शिकायत करना, शोक करना

"Poor Wendy?"

"I remember," said Slightly instantly, "there are birds called Wendies."

"See, it comes!" cried Curly, pointing to Wendy in the heavens.

Wendy was now almost overhead, and they could hear her plaintive cry. But more distinct came the shrill voice of Tinker Bell. The jealous fairy had now cast off all disguise of friendship, and was darting at her victim from every direction, pinching savagely each time she touched.

overhead - सिर के ऊपर से होने वाला

plaintive - दुःखपूर्ण, विषादपूर्ण, दुख भरा

shrill - तीखा, तीक्ष्ण, कर्णभेदी

jealous - सतर्क, चौकन्ना, सावधान

disguise - भेष बदलना, छिपाना, वेष बदलन्

pinching - कट्टेताना, (pinch) कट्टेताना

"Hullo, Tink," cried the wondering boys.

Hullo - स्वागत

Tink's reply rang out: "Peter wants you to shoot the Wendy."

It was not in their nature to question when Peter ordered. "Let us do what Peter wishes!" cried the simple boys. "Quick, bows and arrows!"

bows - तोपरे, (bow) तोपरे

All but Tootles popped down their trees. He had a bow and arrow with him, and Tink noted it, and rubbed her little hands.

bow - झुकना, झुकाना

"Quick, Tootles, quick," she screamed. "Peter will be so pleased."

Tootles excitedly fitted the arrow to his bow. "Out of the way, Tink," he shouted, and then he fired, and Wendy fluttered to the ground with an arrow in her breast.

fluttered - उत्तेजना, घबराहट, उतार चढाव


Foolish Tootles was standing like a conqueror over Wendy's body when the other boys sprang, armed, from their trees.

foolish - मूर्ख

Conqueror - विजेताआ, जीतने वाला

"You are too late," he cried proudly, "I have shot the Wendy. Peter will be so pleased with me."

Overhead Tinker Bell shouted "Silly ass!" and darted into hiding. The others did not hear her. They had crowded round Wendy, and as they looked a terrible silence fell upon the wood. If Wendy's heart had been beating they would all have heard it.

Slightly was the first to speak. "This is no bird," he said in a scared voice. "I think this must be a lady."

"A lady?" said Tootles, and fell a-trembling.

trembling - कंपन

"And we have killed her," Nibs said hoarsely.

hoarsely - रूखे स्वरसे, भर्राई आवाज़ से

They all whipped off their caps.

"Now I see," Curly said: "Peter was bringing her to us." He threw himself sorrowfully on the ground.

sorrowfully - दुख के साथ

"A lady to take care of us at last," said one of the twins, "and you have killed her!"

They were sorry for him, but sorrier for themselves, and when he took a step nearer them they turned from him.

Tootles'face was very white, but there was a dignity about him now that had never been there before.

dignity - गरिमा, इज़्ज़त

"I did it," he said, reflecting. "When ladies used to come to me in dreams, I said, 'Pretty mother, pretty mother.'But when at last she really came, I shot her."

He moved slowly away.

"Don't go," they called in pity.

"I must," he answered, shaking; "I am so afraid of Peter."

It was at this tragic moment that they heard a sound which made the heart of every one of them rise to his mouth. They heard Peter crow.

crow - कौआ, काक, काग

"Peter!" they cried, for it was always thus that he signalled his return.

"Hide her," they whispered, and gathered hastily around Wendy. But Tootles stood aloof.

aloof - अलग/दूर, अलग थलग

Again came that ringing crow, and Peter dropped in front of them. "Greetings, boys," he cried, and mechanically they saluted, and then again was silence.

ringing - गुंजायमान

greetings - अभिवादन, अभिवादन पट्र, बधाई

saluted - सलामी देना, अभिवादन

He frowned.

"I am back," he said hotly, "why do you not cheer?"

hotly - उत्तेजनापूर्वक, गुस्से से

They opened their mouths, but the cheers would not come. He overlooked it in his haste to tell the glorious tidings.

overlooked - के उपर से दिखना, अन्देकी करना

haste - जल्दी, जल्दबाजी, अविलंब

glorious - शानदार, सुहावना, तेजस्वी

tidings - समाचार, ख़बर

"Great news, boys," he cried, "I have brought at last a mother for you all."

Still no sound, except a little thud from Tootles as he dropped on his knees.

thud - धमाके की आवाज़ करना, धमाका

"Have you not seen her?" asked Peter, becoming troubled. "She flew this way."

"Ah me!" one voice said, and another said, "Oh, mournful day."

mournful - दुःखपूर्ण, दुख भरा

Tootles rose. "Peter," he said quietly, "I will show her to you," and when the others would still have hidden her he said, "Back, twins, let Peter see."

So they all stood back, and let him see, and after he had looked for a little time he did not know what to do next.

stood back - पीछे हट गया

"She is dead," he said uncomfortably. "Perhaps she is frightened at being dead."

uncomfortably - परेशानी में, परेशानी में

He thought of hopping off in a comic sort of way till he was out of sight of her, and then never going near the spot any more. They would all have been glad to follow if he had done this.

hopping - हॉपिंग, (hop) हॉपिंग

been glad - खुश होना

But there was the arrow. He took it from her heart and faced his band.

"Whose arrow?" he demanded sternly.

"Mine, Peter," said Tootles on his knees.

"Oh, dastard hand," Peter said, and he raised the arrow to use it as a dagger.

dastard - डरपोक, कायर, भीरु

Tootles did not flinch. He bared his breast. "Strike, Peter," he said firmly, "strike true."

flinch - कराहना, घबरा जाना

Twice did Peter raise the arrow, and twice did his hand fall. "I cannot strike," he said with awe, "there is something stays my hand."

awe - विस्मय, विस्मयाकुल कर देना

All looked at him in wonder, save Nibs, who fortunately looked at Wendy.

"It is she," he cried, "the Wendy lady, see, her arm!"

Wonderful to relate [tell], Wendy had raised her arm. Nibs bent over her and listened reverently. "I think she said, 'Poor Tootles,'" he whispered.

reverently - आदर से, श्ह्रद्धापूर्ण ढंग से

"She lives," Peter said briefly.

Slightly cried instantly, "The Wendy lady lives."

Then Peter knelt beside her and found his button. You remember she had put it on a chain that she wore round her neck.

knelt - घुटने के बल बैठना, घुटने टेकना

"See," he said, "the arrow struck against this. It is the kiss I gave her. It has saved her life."

"I remember kisses," Slightly interposed quickly, "let me see it. Ay, that's a kiss."

interposed - बीच में टोकना, घुसाना

Peter did not hear him. He was begging Wendy to get better quickly, so that he could show her the mermaids. Of course she could not answer yet, being still in a frightful faint; but from overhead came a wailing note.

faint - अस्पष्ट

wailing - शोकपूर्ण

"Listen to Tink," said Curly, "she is crying because the Wendy lives."

Then they had to tell Peter of Tink's crime, and almost never had they seen him look so stern.

"Listen, Tinker Bell," he cried, "I am your friend no more. Begone from me for ever."

begone - दूर हटना, दूर हटना

She flew on to his shoulder and pleaded, but he brushed her off. Not until Wendy again raised her arm did he relent sufficiently to say, "Well, not for ever, but for a whole week."

pleaded - वकालत करना, समर्थन में बोलना

relent - ढ़ीला पड़ना, नरम पड़ जाना

Do you think Tinker Bell was grateful to Wendy for raising her arm? Oh dear no, never wanted to pinch her so much. Fairies indeed are strange, and Peter, who understood them best, often cuffed [slapped] them.

cuffed - तमाचा मारना, थप्पड़ मारना

slapped - सीधे, ठीक, तमाचा मारना

But what to do with Wendy in her present delicate state of health?

delicate - स्वादिष्ट, लिहाज रखनेवाला

"Let us carry her down into the house," Curly suggested.

"Ay," said Slightly, "that is what one does with ladies."

"No, no," Peter said, "you must not touch her. It would not be sufficiently respectful."

respectful - विनीत, आदरपुर्ण, भध्र

"That," said Slightly, "is what I was thinking."

"But if she lies there," Tootles said, "she will die."

"Ay, she will die," Slightly admitted, "but there is no way out."

"Yes, there is," cried Peter. "Let us build a little house round her."

They were all delighted. "Quick," he ordered them, "bring me each of you the best of what we have. Gut our house. Be sharp."

Gut - सार, साहस, तहस नहस कर देना

In a moment they were as busy as tailors the night before a wedding. They skurried this way and that, down for bedding, up for firewood, and while they were at it, who should appear but John and Michael. As they dragged along the ground they fell asleep standing, stopped, woke up, moved another step and slept again.

"John, John," Michael would cry, "wake up! Where is Nana, John, and mother?"

And then John would rub his eyes and mutter, "It is true, we did fly."

mutter - बड़बड़ाना, (mut) बड़बड़ाना

You may be sure they were very relieved to find Peter.

"Hullo, Peter," they said.

"Hullo," replied Peter amicably, though he had quite forgotten them. He was very busy at the moment measuring Wendy with his feet to see how large a house she would need. Of course he meant to leave room for chairs and a table. John and Michael watched him.

amicably - मैत्रीपूर्ण ढंग से

"Is Wendy asleep?" they asked.


"John," Michael proposed, "let us wake her and get her to make supper for us," but as he said it some of the other boys rushed on carrying branches for the building of the house. "Look at them!" he cried.

supper - रात्रि भोजन

"Curly," said Peter in his most captainy voice, "see that these boys help in the building of the house."

"Ay, ay, sir."

"Build a house?" exclaimed John.

"For the Wendy," said Curly.

"For Wendy?" John said, aghast. "Why, she is only a girl!"

"That," explained Curly, "is why we are her servants."

"You? Wendy's servants!"

"Yes," said Peter, "and you also. Away with them."

The astounded brothers were dragged away to hack and hew and carry. "Chairs and a fender [fireplace] first," Peter ordered. "Then we shall build a house round them."

astounded - चकित करना, अचंभित करना

hack - टुकडे़ करना

hew - कुल्हाड़ी से काटना

Fender - आघात से बचाव

fireplace - चिमनी

"Ay," said Slightly, "that is how a house is built; it all comes back to me."

Peter thought of everything. "Slightly," he cried, "fetch a doctor."

fetch - जा कर लाना

"Ay, ay," said Slightly at once, and disappeared, scratching his head. But he knew Peter must be obeyed, and he returned in a moment, wearing John's hat and looking solemn.

solemn - शान्त, पवित्र, समारोही, गंभीर

"Please, sir," said Peter, going to him, "are you a doctor?"

The difference between him and the other boys at such a time was that they knew it was make-believe, while to him make-believe and true were exactly the same thing. This sometimes troubled them, as when they had to make-believe that they had had their dinners.

If they broke down in their make-believe he rapped them on the knuckles.

"Yes, my little man," Slightly anxiously replied, who had chapped knuckles.

anxiously - चिंतित होकर, उदवेग से

chapped - फटाव, दरार, आदमी, गाल, जबड़ा

"Please, sir," Peter explained, "a lady lies very ill."

She was lying at their feet, but Slightly had the sense not to see her.

"Tut, tut, tut," he said, "where does she lie?"

"In yonder glade."

yonder - परे का, परे, सामने वाला, उस ओर

glade - वन मैदान, वनपथ

"I will put a glass thing in her mouth," said Slightly, and he made-believe to do it, while Peter waited. It was an anxious moment when the glass thing was withdrawn.

"How is she?" inquired Peter.

inquired - पूछना, पता लगाना, छानबीन करना

"Tut, tut, tut," said Slightly, "this has cured her."

"I am glad!" Peter cried.

"I will call again in the evening," Slightly said; "give her beef tea out of a cup with a spout to it;" but after he had returned the hat to John he blew big breaths, which was his habit on escaping from a difficulty.

beef tea - गाय चाय

In the meantime the wood had been alive with the sound of axes; almost everything needed for a cosy dwelling already lay at Wendy's feet.

axes - हटाना[कम करना], कटौती करना

dwelling - आवास, निवास स्थान

"If only we knew," said one, "the kind of house she likes best."

"Peter," shouted another, "she is moving in her sleep."

"Her mouth opens," cried a third, looking respectfully into it. "Oh, lovely!"

respectfully - ससम्मान, आदरपूर्वक, सादर

"Perhaps she is going to sing in her sleep," said Peter. "Wendy, sing the kind of house you would like to have."

Immediately, without opening her eyes, Wendy began to sing:

"I wish I had a pretty house,

The littlest ever seen,

With funny little red walls

And roof of mossy green."

mossy - घिसा पिटा, घिसा पिटा, काईदार

They gurgled with joy at this, for by the greatest good luck the branches they had brought were sticky with red sap, and all the ground was carpeted with moss. As they rattled up the little house they broke into song themselves:

gurgled - गड़गड़ाहट, गड़गड़ाना

Sap - रस, सार

moss - काई

"We've built the little walls and roof

And made a lovely door,

So tell us, mother Wendy,

What are you wanting more?"

To this she answered greedily:

greedily - in a greedy manner

"Oh, really next I think I'll have

Gay windows all about,

With roses peeping in, you know,

roses - सर्वोत्तम सुंदरी

And babies peeping out."

With a blow of their fists they made windows, and large yellow leaves were the blinds. But roses-?

"Roses," cried Peter sternly.

Quickly they made-believe to grow the loveliest roses up the walls.


To prevent Peter ordering babies they hurried into song again:

"We've made the roses peeping out,

The babes are at the door,

babes - शिशु, बेब, बच्चा" #(archaic

We cannot make ourselves, you know,

'cos we've been made before."

cos - क्योंकि, (CO) क्योंकि

Peter, seeing this to be a good idea, at once pretended that it was his own. The house was quite beautiful, and no doubt Wendy was very cosy within, though, of course, they could no longer see her. Peter strode up and down, ordering finishing touches. Nothing escaped his eagle eyes. Just when it seemed absolutely finished:

strode - प्रगति, लम्बे डग भरना

"There's no knocker on the door," he said.

knocker - कुंडी, आलोचक, वक्षअ

They were very ashamed, but Tootles gave the sole of his shoe, and it made an excellent knocker.

sole - तलवा, तली

Absolutely finished now, they thought.

Not of bit of it. "There's no chimney," Peter said; "we must have a chimney."

"It certainly does need a chimney," said John importantly. This gave Peter an idea. He snatched the hat off John's head, knocked out the bottom [top], and put the hat on the roof. The little house was so pleased to have such a capital chimney that, as if to say thank you, smoke immediately began to come out of the hat.

importantly - महत्वपूर्ण ढंग से

snatched - अंश, लेना, हटा लेना, छीनना

Now really and truly it was finished. Nothing remained to do but to knock.

"All look your best," Peter warned them; "first impressions are awfully important."

He was glad no one asked him what first impressions are; they were all too busy looking their best.

He knocked politely, and now the wood was as still as the children, not a sound to be heard except from Tinker Bell, who was watching from a branch and openly sneering.

sneering - उपेक्षापूर्ण

What the boys were wondering was, would any one answer the knock? If a lady, what would she be like?

The door opened and a lady came out. It was Wendy. They all whipped off their hats.

She looked properly surprised, and this was just how they had hoped she would look.

"Where am I?" she said.

Of course Slightly was the first to get his word in. "Wendy lady," he said rapidly, "for you we built this house."

"Oh, say you're pleased," cried Nibs.

"Lovely, darling house," Wendy said, and they were the very words they had hoped she would say.

"And we are your children," cried the twins.

Then all went on their knees, and holding out their arms cried, "O Wendy lady, be our mother."

"Ought I?" Wendy said, all shining. "Of course it's frightfully fascinating, but you see I am only a little girl. I have no real experience."

"That doesn't matter," said Peter, as if he were the only person present who knew all about it, though he was really the one who knew least. "What we need is just a nice motherly person."

That doesn't matter - यह महत्वपूर्ण नहीं है

motherly - माँ जैसा, माँ जैसा, मातृ सुल्भ

"Oh dear!" Wendy said, "you see, I feel that is exactly what I am."

"It is, it is," they all cried; "we saw it at once."

"Very well," she said, "I will do my best. Come inside at once, you naughty children; I am sure your feet are damp. And before I put you to bed I have just time to finish the story of Cinderella."

In they went; I don't know how there was room for them, but you can squeeze very tight in the Neverland. And that was the first of the many joyous evenings they had with Wendy.

squeeze - निचोड़ना

joyous - आनंदमय, सानन्द

By and by she tucked them up in the great bed in the home under the trees, but she herself slept that night in the little house, and Peter kept watch outside with drawn sword, for the pirates could be heard carousing far away and the wolves were on the prowl.

sword - तलवार, शमशेर

carousing - शराब का दौर चलाना

prowl - शिकार के लिये दबे पाँव घूमना

The little house looked so cosy and safe in the darkness, with a bright light showing through its blinds, and the chimney smoking beautifully, and Peter standing on guard. After a time he fell asleep, and some unsteady fairies had to climb over him on their way home from an orgy.

unsteady - अनियमित, अस्थिर, चंचल, असंतुलित

orgy - आधिक्य, अतिरेक, व्यभिचार

Any of the other boys obstructing the fairy path at night they would have mischiefed, but they just tweaked Peter's nose and passed on.

obstructing - रोकना, विरोध करना, बंद कर देना

mischiefed - शरारत, शैतानी, बुराई, रिष्टि

tweaked - ठीक करना, सुधारना, चिकोटी काटना


One of the first things Peter did next day was to measure Wendy and John and Michael for hollow trees. Hook, you remember, had sneered at the boys for thinking they needed a tree apiece, but this was ignorance, for unless your tree fitted you it was difficult to go up and down, and no two of the boys were quite the same size.

sneered - व्यंग्योक्ति, हँसी उड़ाना

Once you fitted, you drew in [let out] your breath at the top, and down you went at exactly the right speed, while to ascend you drew in and let out alternately, and so wriggled up. Of course, when you have mastered the action you are able to do these things without thinking of them, and nothing can be more graceful.

alternately - एक के बाद एक, बारी बारी से

wriggled - कसमसाहट, छटपटाना, कसमसाना

graceful - शिष्ट, सुन्दर, अच्छी तरह, मनोहर

But you simply must fit, and Peter measures you for your tree as carefully as for a suit of clothes: the only difference being that the clothes are made to fit you, while you have to be made to fit the tree.

Usually it is done quite easily, as by your wearing too many garments or too few, but if you are bumpy in awkward places or the only available tree is an odd shape, Peter does some things to you, and after that you fit. Once you fit, great care must be taken to go on fitting, and this, as Wendy was to discover to her delight, keeps a whole family in perfect condition.

garments - वस्ट्र, कपड़ा

bumpy - ऊबड़ खाबड़, ऊबड़ खाबड़

Wendy and Michael fitted their trees at the first try, but John had to be altered a little.

After a few days'practice they could go up and down as gaily as buckets in a well. And how ardently they grew to love their home under the ground; especially Wendy. It consisted of one large room, as all houses should do, with a floor in which you could dig [for worms] if you wanted to go fishing, and in this floor grew stout mushrooms of a charming colour, which were used as stools.

buckets - बाल्टी, खाना, तेज़ी से खेना

ardently - प्रबल रूप से, उत्कटता से

stout - हट्टा-कट्टा

mushrooms - तेज़ी से बढ़ना, तेज़ी से फैलना

stools - पायदान, मल, तिपाई, स्टूल

A Never tree tried hard to grow in the centre of the room, but every morning they sawed the trunk through, level with the floor. By tea-time it was always about two feet high, and then they put a door on top of it, the whole thus becoming a table; as soon as they cleared away, they sawed off the trunk again, and thus there was more room to play.

cleared away - हटाया गया

sawed off - कटा हुआ

There was an enormous fireplace which was in almost any part of the room where you cared to light it, and across this Wendy stretched strings, made of fibre, from which she suspended her washing. The bed was tilted against the wall by day, and let down at 6:30, when it filled nearly half the room; and all the boys slept in it, except Michael, lying like sardines in a tin.

fibre - प्रकृति, मोटा चारा, रेशा, तार

tilted - झुकाना, डगमगाना, झुकना, झुकाव

sardines - सार्डीन मछली, सार्डीन

There was a strict rule against turning round until one gave the signal, when all turned at once. Michael should have used it also, but Wendy would have [desired] a baby, and he was the littlest, and you know what women are, and the short and long of it is that he was hung up in a basket.

turning round - घुमना

It was rough and simple, and not unlike what baby bears would have made of an underground house in the same circumstances. But there was one recess in the wall, no larger than a bird-cage, which was the private apartment of Tinker Bell. It could be shut off from the rest of the house by a tiny curtain, which Tink, who was most fastidious [particular], always kept drawn when dressing or undressing.

recess - खाली जगह, आला, विश्राम, अवकाश

cage - क़फ़स, पिंजड़ा, कफस, पिंजरा

fastidious - तुनुक मिज़ाज, दुस्तोषणीय

undressing - अंगूठे उतारना, (undress), कपड़े उतार्ना

No woman, however large, could have had a more exquisite boudoir [dressing room] and bed-chamber combined. The couch, as she always called it, was a genuine Queen Mab, with club legs; and she varied the bedspreads according to what fruit-blossom was in season.

more exquisite - अत्यंत सुंदर

boudoir - शृंगार कक्ष, शृंगार कक्ष

chamber - सभा, सदन, कमरा, कचहरी, कोठरी

couch - खाट, पल

bedspreads - पलंगपोश

blossom - फूलना/खिलना/समृद्ध होना/फलना

Her mirror was a Puss-in-Boots, of which there are now only three, unchipped, known to fairy dealers; the washstand was Pie-crust and reversible, the chest of drawers an authentic Charming the Sixth, and the carpet and rugs the best (the early) period of Margery and Robin. There was a chandelier from Tiddlywinks for the look of the thing, but of course she lit the residence herself.

Puss - बिल्ली

dealers - व्यापारी

washstand - मुंह हाथ धोने की मेज़

pie - कचौडी़

crust - भूपर्पटी

reversible - पलटवाँ, दुतरफ़ा, प्रतिवर्ती

authentic - असली, प्रामाणिक, विशुद्ध

rugs - कंबल, कालीन, कम्बल, गलीचा

robin - रबिन

chandelier - झाड़, झाड़-फ़ानूस, झूमर

Tiddlywinks - टिडलीविंक्स

Tink was very contemptuous of the rest of the house, as indeed was perhaps inevitable, and her chamber, though beautiful, looked rather conceited, having the appearance of a nose permanently turned up.

contemptuous - तिरस्कारपूर्ण, अवज्ञाकारी

I suppose it was all especially entrancing to Wendy, because those rampagious boys of hers gave her so much to do. Really there were whole weeks when, except perhaps with a stocking in the evening, she was never above ground.

The cooking, I can tell you, kept her nose to the pot, and even if there was nothing in it, even if there was no pot, she had to keep watching that it came aboil just the same.

You never exactly knew whether there would be a real meal or just a make-believe, it all depended upon Peter's whim: he could eat, really eat, if it was part of a game, but he could not stodge [cram down the food] just to feel stodgy [stuffed with food], which is what most children like better than anything else; the next best thing being to talk about it.

whim - सनक

stodge - भर पेट भोजन

cram - रटना

stodgy - उबाऊ, गरिष्ठ, घिसा पिटा

Make-believe was so real to him that during a meal of it you could see him getting rounder. Of course it was trying, but you simply had to follow his lead, and if you could prove to him that you were getting loose for your tree he let you stodge.

Wendy's favourite time for sewing and darning was after they had all gone to bed. Then, as she expressed it, she had a breathing time for herself; and she occupied it in making new things for them, and putting double pieces on the knees, for they were all most frightfully hard on their knees.

darning - रफ़ू करना

breathing time - सांस लेने का समय

When she sat down to a basketful of their stockings, every heel with a hole in it, she would fling up her arms and exclaim, "Oh dear, I am sure I sometimes think spinsters are to be envied!"

basketful - टोकरी भर, टोकरी भर

stockings - लंबा मोजा, संग्रहण, मोजा

fling - फेंकना

exclaim - चिल्लाना

spinsters - सूत कातने वाला

envied - ईर्ष्या, ईर्ष्या करना, जलन

Her face beamed when she exclaimed this.

beamed - चमक, झलक, प्रकाश विकिरण करना

You remember about her pet wolf. Well, it very soon discovered that she had come to the island and it found her out, and they just ran into each other's arms. After that it followed her about everywhere.

As time wore on did she think much about the beloved parents she had left behind her? This is a difficult question, because it is quite impossible to say how time does wear on in the Neverland, where it is calculated by moons and suns, and there are ever so many more of them than on the mainland.

beloved - प्रेमिका, सनम, प्यारा, प्रियतम

But I am afraid that Wendy did not really worry about her father and mother; she was absolutely confident that they would always keep the window open for her to fly back by, and this gave her complete ease of mind. What did disturb her at times was that John remembered his parents vaguely only, as people he had once known, while Michael was quite willing to believe that she was really his mother.

vaguely - अस्पष्टतः, संदिग्धतः

These things scared her a little, and nobly anxious to do her duty, she tried to fix the old life in their minds by setting them examination papers on it, as like as possible to the ones she used to do at school.

nobly - उदारता के साथ, उदारता के साथ

The other boys thought this awfully interesting, and insisted on joining, and they made slates for themselves, and sat round the table, writing and thinking hard about the questions she had written on another slate and passed round. They were the most ordinary questions-"What was the colour of Mother's eyes? Which was taller, Father or Mother? Was Mother blonde or brunette?

slates - उम्मीदवारों की सूची

most ordinary - सामान्य

brunette - गोरी स्त्री जिसके काले बाल हो

Answer all three questions if possible." "(A) Write an essay of not less than 40 words on How I spent my last Holidays, or The Characters of Father and Mother compared. Only one of these to be attempted." Or "(1) Describe Mother's laugh; (2) Describe Father's laugh; (3) Describe Mother's Party Dress; (4) Describe the Kennel and its Inmate."

inmate - कैदी, निवासी, वासी

They were just everyday questions like these, and when you could not answer them you were told to make a cross; and it was really dreadful what a number of crosses even John made. Of course the only boy who replied to every question was Slightly, and no one could have been more hopeful of coming out first, but his answers were perfectly ridiculous, and he really came out last: a melancholy thing.

more hopeful - आशावादी

Peter did not compete. For one thing he despised all mothers except Wendy, and for another he was the only boy on the island who could neither write nor spell; not the smallest word. He was above all that sort of thing.

By the way, the questions were all written in the past tense. What was the colour of Mother's eyes, and so on. Wendy, you see, had been forgetting, too.

tense - क्रिया का काल

Adventures, of course, as we shall see, were of daily occurrence; but about this time Peter invented, with Wendy's help, a new game that fascinated him enormously, until he suddenly had no more interest in it, which, as you have been told, was what always happened with his games.

Occurrence - घटना, उपस्थिति

fascinated - मंत्र मुग्ध करना

enormously - बहुत अधिक, बहुत अधिक

It consisted in pretending not to have adventures, in doing the sort of thing John and Michael had been doing all their lives, sitting on stools flinging balls in the air, pushing each other, going out for walks and coming back without having killed so much as a grizzly.

flinging - डालना, धक्का देना

grizzly - भूरा रीछ

To see Peter doing nothing on a stool was a great sight; he could not help looking solemn at such times, to sit still seemed to him such a comic thing to do. He boasted that he had gone walking for the good of his health. For several suns these were the most novel of all adventures to him; and John and Michael had to pretend to be delighted also; otherwise he would have treated them severely.

stool - चौकी, तिपाही, पाखाना, मल, गुह

boasted - डींग मारना, डींग, गौरव, इतराना

He often went out alone, and when he came back you were never absolutely certain whether he had had an adventure or not. He might have forgotten it so completely that he said nothing about it; and then when you went out you found the body; and, on the other hand, he might say a great deal about it, and yet you could not find the body.

Sometimes he came home with his head bandaged, and then Wendy cooed over him and bathed it in lukewarm water, while he told a dazzling tale. But she was never quite sure, you know. There were, however, many adventures which she knew to be true because she was in them herself, and there were still more that were at least partly true, for the other boys were in them and said they were wholly true.

bandaged - पट्टी लगाना, पट्टी

cooed - गुटरगूँ गुटरगूँ करना

lukewarm - निरुत्साह, गुनगुना

dazzling - चौंधियाने वाला

wholly - पूरी तरह से, पूरी तरह से

To describe them all would require a book as large as an English-Latin, Latin-English Dictionary, and the most we can do is to give one as a specimen of an average hour on the island. The difficulty is which one to choose. Should we take the brush with the redskins at Slightly Gulch?

Latin - लैटिन

specimen - नमूना, आदर्श, अजीब आदमी

Gulch - a narrow v-shaped valley

It was a sanguinary affair, and especially interesting as showing one of Peter's peculiarities, which was that in the middle of a fight he would suddenly change sides. At the Gulch, when victory was still in the balance, sometimes leaning this way and sometimes that, he called out, "I'm redskin to-day; what are you, Tootles?" And Tootles answered, "Redskin; what are you, Nibs?

sanguinary - खून का प्यासा, रक्तपातपूर्ण

peculiarities - विशिष्टता, खासियत, अनूठापन

change sides - पक्षों को बदलें

" and Nibs said, "Redskin; what are you Twin?" and so on; and they were all redskins; and of course this would have ended the fight had not the real redskins fascinated by Peter's methods, agreed to be lost boys for that once, and so at it they all went again, more fiercely than ever.

fiercely - उग्रतापूर्वक, प्रचंड रूप से

The extraordinary upshot of this adventure was-but we have not decided yet that this is the adventure we are to narrate. Perhaps a better one would be the night attack by the redskins on the house under the ground, when several of them stuck in the hollow trees and had to be pulled out like corks. Or we might tell how Peter saved Tiger Lily's life in the Mermaids'Lagoon, and so made her his ally.

upshot - परिणाम

narrate - सुनाना, बयान करना, वर्णन करना

corks - काग लगाना, काग लगाना, कर्क

ally - गठबंधन करना

Or we could tell of that cake the pirates cooked so that the boys might eat it and perish; and how they placed it in one cunning spot after another; but always Wendy snatched it from the hands of her children, so that in time it lost its succulence, and became as hard as a stone, and was used as a missile, and Hook fell over it in the dark.

perish - खत्म हो जाना, मरना, मर जाना

succulence - सरसता

missile - प्रक्षेपास्त्र, राकेट, मिसाइल

Or suppose we tell of the birds that were Peter's friends, particularly of the Never bird that built in a tree overhanging the lagoon, and how the nest fell into the water, and still the bird sat on her eggs, and Peter gave orders that she was not to be disturbed.

overhanging - लटकना, बाहर लटका होना, छज्जा

nest - घोंसला

That is a pretty story, and the end shows how grateful a bird can be; but if we tell it we must also tell the whole adventure of the lagoon, which would of course be telling two adventures rather than just one. A shorter adventure, and quite as exciting, was Tinker Bell's attempt, with the help of some street fairies, to have the sleeping Wendy conveyed on a great floating leaf to the mainland.

Fortunately the leaf gave way and Wendy woke, thinking it was bath-time, and swam back. Or again, we might choose Peter's defiance of the lions, when he drew a circle round him on the ground with an arrow and dared them to cross it; and though he waited for hours, with the other boys and Wendy looking on breathlessly from trees, not one of them dared to accept his challenge.

defiance - अक्खड़पन, चुनौती, अवज्ञा

breathlessly - हाँफाते हुए, हाँफाते हुए

Which of these adventures shall we choose? The best way will be to toss for it.

I have tossed, and the lagoon has won. This almost makes one wish that the gulch or the cake or Tink's leaf had won. Of course I could do it again, and make it best out of three; however, perhaps fairest to stick to the lagoon.

tossed - हिलाना, हिलाना[मिलाना]


If you shut your eyes and are a lucky one, you may see at times a shapeless pool of lovely pale colours suspended in the darkness; then if you squeeze your eyes tighter, the pool begins to take shape, and the colours become so vivid that with another squeeze they must go on fire. But just before they go on fire you see the lagoon.

shapeless - आकारहीन, भद्दा, बेडौल

vivid - चमकीला, सुस्पष्ट, प्रबल, विशद

This is the nearest you ever get to it on the mainland, just one heavenly moment; if there could be two moments you might see the surf and hear the mermaids singing.

The children often spent long summer days on this lagoon, swimming or floating most of the time, playing the mermaid games in the water, and so forth. You must not think from this that the mermaids were on friendly terms with them: on the contrary, it was among Wendy's lasting regrets that all the time she was on the island she never had a civil word from one of them.

contrary - प्रतिकूल, उलटा, विपरीत, ज़िद्दी

When she stole softly to the edge of the lagoon she might see them by the score, especially on Marooners'Rock, where they loved to bask, combing out their hair in a lazy way that quite irritated her; or she might even swim, on tiptoe as it were, to within a yard of them, but then they saw her and dived, probably splashing her with their tails, not by accident, but intentionally.

bask - धूप मेँ गरम करना या सेँकना

irritated - परेशान करना, उत्तेजित करना

on tiptoe - चुपके से चलना

splashing - परछाई, (splash) परछाई

intentionally - जानबूझा कर, जान बूझ कर, इरादतन

They treated all the boys in the same way, except of course Peter, who chatted with them on Marooners'Rock by the hour, and sat on their tails when they got cheeky. He gave Wendy one of their combs.

cheeky - impudent, impertinent

combs - निकालना, अच्छे से ढूँढना

The most haunting time at which to see them is at the turn of the moon, when they utter strange wailing cries; but the lagoon is dangerous for mortals then, and until the evening of which we have now to tell, Wendy had never seen the lagoon by moonlight, less from fear, for of course Peter would have accompanied her, than because she had strict rules about every one being in bed by seven.

haunting - बार बार याद आने वाला

utter - पूर्ण

mortals - घातक, मर्त्य/मरणशील, भीषण

moonlight - चन्द्रिका, महताब

She was often at the lagoon, however, on sunny days after rain, when the mermaids come up in extraordinary numbers to play with their bubbles. The bubbles of many colours made in rainbow water they treat as balls, hitting them gaily from one to another with their tails, and trying to keep them in the rainbow till they burst.

sunny - धूपदार, आफताबी

rainbow - इंद्रधनुष, इन्द्रधनुष, रामधनुष

The goals are at each end of the rainbow, and the keepers only are allowed to use their hands. Sometimes a dozen of these games will be going on in the lagoon at a time, and it is quite a pretty sight.

keepers - रक्षक{रखवाली करने वाला}, रक्षक

But the moment the children tried to join in they had to play by themselves, for the mermaids immediately disappeared. Nevertheless we have proof that they secretly watched the interlopers, and were not above taking an idea from them; for John introduced a new way of hitting the bubble, with the head instead of the hand, and the mermaids adopted it.

secretly - गुप्त रूप से, गुप्ततः

interlopers - अजनबी, अनधिकार प्रवेश करने वाला

This is the one mark that John has left on the Neverland.

It must also have been rather pretty to see the children resting on a rock for half an hour after their mid-day meal. Wendy insisted on their doing this, and it had to be a real rest even though the meal was make-believe. So they lay there in the sun, and their bodies glistened in it, while she sat beside them and looked important.

glistened - चमकना

It was one such day, and they were all on Marooners'Rock. The rock was not much larger than their great bed, but of course they all knew how not to take up much room, and they were dozing, or at least lying with their eyes shut, and pinching occasionally when they thought Wendy was not looking. She was very busy, stitching.

dozing - ऊँघता, (doze)

stitching - सिलाई, (stitch)

While she stitched a change came to the lagoon. Little shivers ran over it, and the sun went away and shadows stole across the water, turning it cold. Wendy could no longer see to thread her needle, and when she looked up, the lagoon that had always hitherto been such a laughing place seemed formidable and unfriendly.

stitched - लगाना, , घर, टंका लगाना

shivers - कम्पन, कँपकँअपी, काँपना

thread - धागा, सूत, सूत्र, तंत

hitherto - अब तक, अभी तक

formidable - दुर्जेय, डरावना, विकट

unfriendly - अव्यवहारिक

It was not, she knew, that night had come, but something as dark as night had come. No, worse than that. It had not come, but it had sent that shiver through the sea to say that it was coming. What was it?

shiver - कांपना, सिहरना

There crowded upon her all the stories she had been told of Marooners'Rock, so called because evil captains put sailors on it and leave them there to drown. They drown when the tide rises, for then it is submerged.

drown - डुबा कर मारना, जलमग्न कर देना

tide - ज्वार भाटा

submerged - जलमग्न कर देना, ड़ुबकी लगाना

Of course she should have roused the children at once; not merely because of the unknown that was stalking toward them, but because it was no longer good for them to sleep on a rock grown chilly. But she was a young mother and she did not know this; she thought you simply must stick to your rule about half an hour after the mid-day meal.

roused - उत्तेजित करना, उत्तेजित, उठाना

stalking - बात कर रहा है, (stalk) बात कर रहा है

chilly - रूखा, उदासीन, ठण्डा, उत्साह हीन

So, though fear was upon her, and she longed to hear male voices, she would not waken them. Even when she heard the sound of muffled oars, though her heart was in her mouth, she did not waken them. She stood over them to let them have their sleep out. Was it not brave of Wendy?

waken - उठाना, जगाना, जागना, जाग जाना

muffled - लपेटना, आवाज़ दबाना

oars - पतवार, चप्पू, चड़ापू

It was well for those boys then that there was one among them who could sniff danger even in his sleep. Peter sprang erect, as wide awake at once as a dog, and with one warning cry he roused the others.

sniff - नाक सुड़कना, भनक, गंध, सिसकी

He stood motionless, one hand to his ear.

motionless - स्थिर, अचल, गतिहीन, निःस्पंद

"Pirates!" he cried. The others came closer to him. A strange smile was playing about his face, and Wendy saw it and shuddered. While that smile was on his face no one dared address him; all they could do was to stand ready to obey. The order came sharp and incisive.

shuddered - हिलना, रोंगटे खड़े कर देना

incisive - प्रभावशाली, तीक्ष्ण


There was a gleam of legs, and instantly the lagoon seemed deserted. Marooners'Rock stood alone in the forbidding waters as if it were itself marooned.

marooned - भूरा रंग, असहाय छोड़ना

The boat drew nearer. It was the pirate dinghy, with three figures in her, Smee and Starkey, and the third a captive, no other than Tiger Lily. Her hands and ankles were tied, and she knew what was to be her fate.

dinghy - डोंगी, नाव

captive - बंदी, असीर

She was to be left on the rock to perish, an end to one of her race more terrible than death by fire or torture, for is it not written in the book of the tribe that there is no path through water to the happy hunting-ground? Yet her face was impassive; she was the daughter of a chief, she must die as a chief's daughter, it is enough.

more terrible - और भयानक

torture - यंत्रणा

hunting-ground - (hunting-ground) शिकार क्षेत्र

impassive - भावशून्य, भावना शून्य

They had caught her boarding the pirate ship with a knife in her mouth. No watch was kept on the ship, it being Hook's boast that the wind of his name guarded the ship for a mile around. Now her fate would help to guard it also. One more wail would go the round in that wind by night.

wail - विलाप करना

In the gloom that they brought with them the two pirates did not see the rock till they crashed into it.

"Luff, you lubber," cried an Irish voice that was Smee's; "here's the rock. Now, then, what we have to do is to hoist the redskin on to it and leave her here to drown."

Luff - लफ

lubber - कामचोर

Hoist - उठाना, ऊपर उठाना, फहराना

It was the work of one brutal moment to land the beautiful girl on the rock; she was too proud to offer a vain resistance.

resistance - विरोध, प्रतिरोध, मुक़ाबला

Quite near the rock, but out of sight, two heads were bobbing up and down, Peter's and Wendy's. Wendy was crying, for it was the first tragedy she had seen. Peter had seen many tragedies, but he had forgotten them all. He was less sorry than Wendy for Tiger Lily: it was two against one that angered him, and he meant to save her.

An easy way would have been to wait until the pirates had gone, but he was never one to choose the easy way.

There was almost nothing he could not do, and he now imitated the voice of Hook.

imitated - अनुसरण करना, अनुकरण करना

"Ahoy there, you lubbers!" he called. It was a marvellous imitation.

Ahoy - used to hail a ship, etc

lubbers - कामचोर

marvellous - शानदार, चमत्कार, आश्चर्यजनक

imitation - कृत्रिम, नकली/अनुकरण, अनुकरण

"The captain!" said the pirates, staring at each other in surprise.

"He must be swimming out to us," Starkey said, when they had looked for him in vain.

"We are putting the redskin on the rock," Smee called out.

"Set her free," came the astonishing answer.


"Yes, cut her bonds and let her go."

"But, captain-"

"At once, d'ye hear," cried Peter, "or I'll plunge my hook in you."

ye - तुम

"This is queer!" Smee gasped.

queer - अजीब, अनोखा, बेढंग

"Better do what the captain orders," said Starkey nervously.

"Ay, ay," Smee said, and he cut Tiger Lily's cords. At once like an eel she slid between Starkey's legs into the water.

cords - डोरी, बिजली का तार

eel - सर्पमीन, ईल, बाम मछली

Of course Wendy was very elated over Peter's cleverness; but she knew that he would be elated also and very likely crow and thus betray himself, so at once her hand went out to cover his mouth. But it was stayed even in the act, for "Boat ahoy!" rang over the lagoon in Hook's voice, and this time it was not Peter who had spoken.

elated - प्रफुल्लित करना[होना]

betray - प्रकट करना, धोखा देना

Peter may have been about to crow, but his face puckered in a whistle of surprise instead.

puckered - सिकोड़ना

whistle - सीटी

"Boat ahoy!" again came the voice.

Now Wendy understood. The real Hook was also in the water.

He was swimming to the boat, and as his men showed a light to guide him he had soon reached them. In the light of the lantern Wendy saw his hook grip the boat's side; she saw his evil swarthy face as he rose dripping from the water, and, quaking, she would have liked to swim away, but Peter would not budge. He was tingling with life and also top-heavy with conceit.

lantern - लालटेन, फ़ानूस, फानूस

grip - पकड़ना

dripping - माँस तेल, बहुत गीला

quaking - काँपता हुआ

budge - हिलना, हटना

tingling - सिहरन, (tingle) सिहरन

"Am I not a wonder, oh, I am a wonder!" he whispered to her, and though she thought so also, she was really glad for the sake of his reputation that no one heard him except herself.

sake - के लिये

He signed to her to listen.

The two pirates were very curious to know what had brought their captain to them, but he sat with his head on his hook in a position of profound melancholy.

"Captain, is all well?" they asked timidly, but he answered with a hollow moan.

timidly - डरते डरते, संकोचपूर्वक

moan - कराहना, शिकायत करना, शोक करना

"He sighs," said Smee.

sighs - साँस लेना, तरसना, आह भरना

"He sighs again," said Starkey.

"And yet a third time he sighs," said Smee.

Then at last he spoke passionately.

"The game's up," he cried, "those boys have found a mother."

Affrighted though she was, Wendy swelled with pride.

swelled - सुन्दर, बढ़ाना, मोड़ना, उठाना

"O evil day!" cried Starkey.

"What's a mother?" asked the ignorant Smee.

Wendy was so shocked that she exclaimed. "He doesn't know!" and always after this she felt that if you could have a pet pirate Smee would be her one.

Peter pulled her beneath the water, for Hook had started up, crying, "What was that?"

"I heard nothing," said Starkey, raising the lantern over the waters, and as the pirates looked they saw a strange sight. It was the nest I have told you of, floating on the lagoon, and the Never bird was sitting on it.

"See," said Hook in answer to Smee's question, "that is a mother. What a lesson! The nest must have fallen into the water, but would the mother desert her eggs? No."

There was a break in his voice, as if for a moment he recalled innocent days when-but he brushed away this weakness with his hook.

Smee, much impressed, gazed at the bird as the nest was borne past, but the more suspicious Starkey said, "If she is a mother, perhaps she is hanging about here to help Peter."

more suspicious - अधिक संदेहजनक

hanging about - आसपास घूमना

Hook winced. "Ay," he said, "that is the fear that haunts me."

winced - घबरा जाना, दर्द की शिकन

He was roused from this dejection by Smee's eager voice.

dejection - उदासी, अवसन्नता

eager - उत्सुक

"Captain," said Smee, "could we not kidnap these boys'mother and make her our mother?"

kidnap - अपहरण करना

"It is a princely scheme," cried Hook, and at once it took practical shape in his great brain. "We will seize the children and carry them to the boat: the boys we will make walk the plank, and Wendy shall be our mother."

princely - शानदार, राजसी, भव्य, शाही

seize - समझना, झपट लेना, पकड़ना

plank - मुद्दा, तख्ता, पटकना

Again Wendy forgot herself.

"Never!" she cried, and bobbed.

bobbed - झटका, सम्मान में झुकअना

"What was that?"

But they could see nothing. They thought it must have been a leaf in the wind. "Do you agree, my bullies?" asked Hook.

bullies - धमकाना, शानदार, धौंस देना

"There is my hand on it," they both said.

"And there is my hook. Swear."

They all swore. By this time they were on the rock, and suddenly Hook remembered Tiger Lily.

"Where is the redskin?" he demanded abruptly.

abruptly - अचानक, रूखेपन से, अचानक ही

He had a playful humour at moments, and they thought this was one of the moments.

playful - आनन्दित, चंचल, अलबेला, विनोदशील

"That is all right, captain," Smee answered complacently; "we let her go."

complacently - आत्मटुष्टिपूर्वक

"Let her go!" cried Hook.

"'Twas your own orders," the bo'sun faltered.

faltered - हिचकिचाना, डगमगाना, हिचक

"You called over the water to us to let her go," said Starkey.

called over - पर आया

"Brimstone and gall," thundered Hook, "what cozening [cheating] is going on here!" His face had gone black with rage, but he saw that they believed their words, and he was startled. "Lads," he said, shaking a little, "I gave no such order."

Brimstone - गंधक तितली, गंधक, गंधक तितली

gall - असभ्य व्यवहार

thundered - ज़ोर से धमाकाना, गरजना

startled - चकित, चौंक जाना, चौंकाना

lads - लडका/नवयुवक, लड़का

"It is passing queer," Smee said, and they all fidgeted uncomfortably. Hook raised his voice, but there was a quiver in it.

fidgeted - अस्थिर व्यक्ति, व्यग्र होना

"Spirit that haunts this dark lagoon to-night," he cried, "dost hear me?"

Of course Peter should have kept quiet, but of course he did not. He immediately answered in Hook's voice:

"Odds, bobs, hammer and tongs, I hear you."

In that supreme moment Hook did not blanch, even at the gills, but Smee and Starkey clung to each other in terror.

supreme - सर्वोच्च

blanch - सफेद पड़ ना, सफेद पड़ ना

gills - द्रव मापक, द्रव मापक, गलफड़ा

"Who are you, stranger? Speak!" Hook demanded.

"I am James Hook," replied the voice, "captain of the Jolly Roger."

Jolly Roger - जोली रॉजर

"You are not; you are not," Hook cried hoarsely.

"Brimstone and gall," the voice retorted, "say that again, and I'll cast anchor in you."

anchor - लंगर

Hook tried a more ingratiating manner. "If you are Hook," he said almost humbly, "come tell me, who am I?"

ingratiating - अनुग्रह प्राप्त करना

humbly - विनय पूर्वक, नम्रतापूर्वक, सविनय

"A codfish," replied the voice, "only a codfish."

codfish - मछली

"A codfish!" Hook echoed blankly, and it was then, but not till then, that his proud spirit broke. He saw his men draw back from him.

blankly - भावशून्य दृष्टि से

"Have we been captained all this time by a codfish!" they muttered. "It is lowering to our pride."

muttered - शिकायत, फुसफुसाहट, बड़बड़ाना

lowering - कमी करना, (lower) कमी करना

They were his dogs snapping at him, but, tragic figure though he had become, he scarcely heeded them. Against such fearful evidence it was not their belief in him that he needed, it was his own. He felt his ego slipping from him. "Don't desert me, bully," he whispered hoarsely to it.

Snapping - स्नैपिंग, (snap) स्नैपिंग

scarcely - शायद ही, केवल, मुश्किल से

heeded - ध्यान, ध्यान देना, ध्यान देना

fearful - भयावह, बुरा, डरपोक, डरा हुआ

ego - अहं

bully - बुल्ली

In his dark nature there was a touch of the feminine, as in all the great pirates, and it sometimes gave him intuitions. Suddenly he tried the guessing game.

feminine - स्त्रीलिंग

intuitions - अन्तर्ज्ञान, अंतर्बोध

"Hook," he called, "have you another voice?"

Now Peter could never resist a game, and he answered blithely in his own voice, "I have."

blithely - प्रसन्नतापूर्वक

"And another name?"

"Ay, ay."

"Vegetable?" asked Hook.







"No!" This answer rang out scornfully.

scornfully - अवज्ञापूर्वक



"Ordinary boy?"


"Wonderful boy?"

To Wendy's pain the answer that rang out this time was "Yes."

"Are you in England?"


"Are you here?"


Hook was completely puzzled. "You ask him some questions," he said to the others, wiping his damp brow.

wiping - साफ करना, (wipe) साफ करना

brow - शिखर, मस्तक, भौंह

Smee reflected. "I can't think of a thing," he said regretfully.

regretfully - in a regretful manner

"Can't guess, can't guess!" crowed Peter. "Do you give it up?"

Of course in his pride he was carrying the game too far, and the miscreants [villains] saw their chance.

miscreants - बदमाश, पाखंडी

villains - बदमाश, खलनायक

"Yes, yes," they answered eagerly.

"Well, then," he cried, "I am Peter Pan."


In a moment Hook was himself again, and Smee and Starkey were his faithful henchmen.

henchmen - वफादार समर्थक, वफ़ादार सेवक

"Now we have him," Hook shouted. "Into the water, Smee. Starkey, mind the boat. Take him dead or alive!"

He leaped as he spoke, and simultaneously came the gay voice of Peter.

leaped - छलांग मारना, उछलना, कूदना, उछाल

"Are you ready, boys?"

"Ay, ay," from various parts of the lagoon.

"Then lam into the pirates."

lam - लाम

The fight was short and sharp. First to draw blood was John, who gallantly climbed into the boat and held Starkey. There was fierce struggle, in which the cutlass was torn from the pirate's grasp. He wriggled overboard and John leapt after him. The dinghy drifted away.

gallantly - बहादुरी से, बहादुरी से

grasp - समझना, पाने का प्रयत्न करना

overboard - जहाज पर से पानी में

drifted - बहना, ढेर, धारा, अभिप्राय

Here and there a head bobbed up in the water, and there was a flash of steel followed by a cry or a whoop. In the confusion some struck at their own side. The corkscrew of Smee got Tootles in the fourth rib, but he was himself pinked [nicked] in turn by Curly. Farther from the rock Starkey was pressing Slightly and the twins hard.

whoop - हुंकारना

rib - पसली की हड्डी

nicked - खरोंच, छेद करना, जेल

Where all this time was Peter? He was seeking bigger game.

The others were all brave boys, and they must not be blamed for backing from the pirate captain. His iron claw made a circle of dead water round him, from which they fled like affrighted fishes.

dead water - मृत पानी

But there was one who did not fear him: there was one prepared to enter that circle.

Strangely, it was not in the water that they met. Hook rose to the rock to breathe, and at the same moment Peter scaled it on the opposite side. The rock was slippery as a ball, and they had to crawl rather than climb. Neither knew that the other was coming. Each feeling for a grip met the other's arm: in surprise they raised their heads; their faces were almost touching; so they met.

strangely - अजीब तरह से, असाधारण रूप से

slippery - रपटीला, फिसलाऊ

crawl - रेंगना, धीरे धीरे चलना

Some of the greatest heroes have confessed that just before they fell to [began combat] they had a sinking [feeling in the stomach]. Had it been so with Peter at that moment I would admit it. After all, he was the only man that the Sea-Cook had feared. But Peter had no sinking, he had one feeling only, gladness; and he gnashed his pretty teeth with joy.

combat - विरोध करना, युद्ध, युद्ध करना

gladness - आनन्द, हर्ष, आनंद, प्रसन्नता

Quick as thought he snatched a knife from Hook's belt and was about to drive it home, when he saw that he was higher up the rock than his foe. It would not have been fighting fair. He gave the pirate a hand to help him up.

foe - दुश्मन

It was then that Hook bit him.

Not the pain of this but its unfairness was what dazed Peter. It made him quite helpless. He could only stare, horrified. Every child is affected thus the first time he is treated unfairly. All he thinks he has a right to when he comes to you to be yours is fairness. After you have been unfair to him he will love you again, but will never afterwards be quite the same boy.

unfairness - अनौचित्य, अन्याय, अन्यायपूर्णता

dazed - घबरा देना, आश्चर्यचकित कर देना

helpless - लाचार, बेबस, विवश

horrified - स्तब्ध कर देना, भयभीत करना

unfairly - अन्यायपूर्ण ढंग से

No one ever gets over the first unfairness; no one except Peter. He often met it, but he always forgot it. I suppose that was the real difference between him and all the rest.

gets over - समाप्त हो जाता है

So when he met it now it was like the first time; and he could just stare, helpless. Twice the iron hand clawed him.

clawed - खरोंचना, पंजा मारना, पंजा

A few moments afterwards the other boys saw Hook in the water striking wildly for the ship; no elation on the pestilent face now, only white fear, for the crocodile was in dogged pursuit of him. On ordinary occasions the boys would have swum alongside cheering; but now they were uneasy, for they had lost both Peter and Wendy, and were scouring the lagoon for them, calling them by name.

elation - प्रफुल्लता

scouring - रगड़ कर सफ़ाई

They found the dinghy and went home in it, shouting "Peter, Wendy" as they went, but no answer came save mocking laughter from the mermaids. "They must be swimming back or flying," the boys concluded. They were not very anxious, because they had such faith in Peter. They chuckled, boylike, because they would be late for bed; and it was all mother Wendy's fault!

chuckled - दबी हँसी हँसना, दबी हुई हँसी

When their voices died away there came cold silence over the lagoon, and then a feeble cry.

feeble - अशक्त, दुर्बल, मामूली, क्षीण

"Help, help!"

Two small figures were beating against the rock; the girl had fainted and lay on the boy's arm. With a last effort Peter pulled her up the rock and then lay down beside her. Even as he also fainted he saw that the water was rising. He knew that they would soon be drowned, but he could do no more.

fainted - धीमा, हल्की, धीमी, बेहोश होना

be drowned - ड्राउन्ड कर दिया जाएगा

As they lay side by side a mermaid caught Wendy by the feet, and began pulling her softly into the water. Peter, feeling her slip from him, woke with a start, and was just in time to draw her back. But he had to tell her the truth.

"We are on the rock, Wendy," he said, "but it is growing smaller. Soon the water will be over it."

She did not understand even now.

"We must go," she said, almost brightly.

brightly - उल्लसित हो कर, उल्लसित हो कर

"Yes," he answered faintly.

faintly - अस्पष्टतः, संदिग्धतः

"Shall we swim or fly, Peter?"

He had to tell her.

"Do you think you could swim or fly as far as the island, Wendy, without my help?"

She had to admit that she was too tired.

He moaned.

moaned - कराहना, शिकायत करना, शोक करना

"What is it?" she asked, anxious about him at once.

"I can't help you, Wendy. Hook wounded me. I can neither fly nor swim."

"Do you mean we shall both be drowned?"

drowned - डुबा कर मारना, जलमग्न कर देना

"Look how the water is rising."

They put their hands over their eyes to shut out the sight. They thought they would soon be no more. As they sat thus something brushed against Peter as light as a kiss, and stayed there, as if saying timidly, "Can I be of any use?"

It was the tail of a kite, which Michael had made some days before. It had torn itself out of his hand and floated away.

kite - पतंग

"Michael's kite," Peter said without interest, but next moment he had seized the tail, and was pulling the kite toward him.

seized - समझना, झपट लेना, पकड़ना

"It lifted Michael off the ground," he cried; "why should it not carry you?"

"Both of us!"

"It can't lift two; Michael and Curly tried."

"Let us draw lots," Wendy said bravely.

"And you a lady; never." Already he had tied the tail round her. She clung to him; she refused to go without him; but with a "Good-bye, Wendy," he pushed her from the rock; and in a few minutes she was borne out of his sight. Peter was alone on the lagoon.

The rock was very small now; soon it would be submerged. Pale rays of light tiptoed across the waters; and by and by there was to be heard a sound at once the most musical and the most melancholy in the world: the mermaids calling to the moon.

rays - किरण, शंकुश, ऋषभ, अर्ध रेखा

tiptoed - पंजा, दबे पाँव चलना

most musical - सबसे संगीतिक

Peter was not quite like other boys; but he was afraid at last. A tremour ran through him, like a shudder passing over the sea; but on the sea one shudder follows another till there are hundreds of them, and Peter felt just the one. Next moment he was standing erect on the rock again, with that smile on his face and a drum beating within him.

passing over - पार करना

It was saying, "To die will be an awfully big adventure."


The last sound Peter heard before he was quite alone were the mermaids retiring one by one to their bedchambers under the sea. He was too far away to hear their doors shut; but every door in the coral caves where they live rings a tiny bell when it opens or closes (as in all the nicest houses on the mainland), and he heard the bells.

bedchambers - शयनकक्ष

rings - गोला बनाना, बजना, टेलीफोन करना

Steadily the waters rose till they were nibbling at his feet; and to pass the time until they made their final gulp, he watched the only thing on the lagoon. He thought it was a piece of floating paper, perhaps part of the kite, and wondered idly how long it would take to drift ashore.

nibbling - निबलिंग, (nibble) निबलिंग

gulp - निगलना, घूँट भरना, घूँट, गटकना

idly - लक्ष्यहीन रूप से, आलस्यपूर्वक

drift - बहना, ढेर, धारा, अभिप्राय

ashore - तट पर

Presently he noticed as an odd thing that it was undoubtedly out upon the lagoon with some definite purpose, for it was fighting the tide, and sometimes winning; and when it won, Peter, always sympathetic to the weaker side, could not help clapping; it was such a gallant piece of paper.

odd thing - अजीब चीज

clapping - the action by which someone or something claps

It was not really a piece of paper; it was the Never bird, making desperate efforts to reach Peter on the nest. By working her wings, in a way she had learned since the nest fell into the water, she was able to some extent to guide her strange craft, but by the time Peter recognised her she was very exhausted. She had come to save him, to give him her nest, though there were eggs in it.

recognised - स्वीकार करना, पहचानना

exhausted - थकाना, खींच लेना

I rather wonder at the bird, for though he had been nice to her, he had also sometimes tormented her. I can suppose only that, like Mrs. Darling and the rest of them, she was melted because he had all his first teeth.

tormented - सताना, मुसीबत, अभिशाप, यातना

She called out to him what she had come for, and he called out to her what she was doing there; but of course neither of them understood the other's language.

In fanciful stories people can talk to the birds freely, and I wish for the moment I could pretend that this were such a story, and say that Peter replied intelligently to the Never bird; but truth is best, and I want to tell you only what really happened. Well, not only could they not understand each other, but they forgot their manners.

fanciful - विलक्षण, मौजी, काल्पनिक

intelligently - बुद्धिमत्तापूर्वक

"I-want-you-to-get-into-the-nest," the bird called, speaking as slowly and distinctly as possible, "and-then-you-can-drift-ashore, but-I-am-too-tired-to-bring-it-any-nearer-so-you-must-try to-swim-to-it."

distinctly - in a distinct manner

"What are you quacking about?" Peter answered. "Why don't you let the nest drift as usual?"

quacking - नकली डक्टर, कैं कैं करना

"I-want-you-" the bird said, and repeated it all over.

Then Peter tried slow and distinct.

"What-are-you-quacking-about?" and so on.

The Never bird became irritated; they have very short tempers.

tempers - लचकीला बनाना, कम करना, गुस्सा

"You dunderheaded little jay!" she screamed, "Why don't you do as I tell you?"

jay - एक प्रकार का पक्षी, नीककंठ

Peter felt that she was calling him names, and at a venture he retorted hotly:

"So are you!"

Then rather curiously they both snapped out the same remark:

"Shut up!"

"Shut up!"

Nevertheless the bird was determined to save him if she could, and by one last mighty effort she propelled the nest against the rock. Then up she flew; deserting her eggs, so as to make her meaning clear.

mighty - शक्तिशाली, बहुत, प्रबल, तेजस्वी

Then at last he understood, and clutched the nest and waved his thanks to the bird as she fluttered overhead. It was not to receive his thanks, however, that she hung there in the sky; it was not even to watch him get into the nest; it was to see what he did with her eggs.

There were two large white eggs, and Peter lifted them up and reflected. The bird covered her face with her wings, so as not to see the last of them; but she could not help peeping between the feathers.

I forget whether I have told you that there was a stave on the rock, driven into it by some buccaneers of long ago to mark the site of buried treasure.

stave - पटरा लगाना, डंडा, सूराख करना

driven into - ड्राइवन कर दिया

buccaneers - चार सौ बीसअ, समुद्री डाकू

The children had discovered the glittering hoard, and when in a mischievous mood used to fling showers of moidores, diamonds, pearls and pieces of eight to the gulls, who pounced upon them for food, and then flew away, raging at the scurvy trick that had been played upon them. The stave was still there, and on it Starkey had hung his hat, a deep tarpaulin, watertight, with a broad brim.

glittering - शानदार, चमकीला, उज्ज्वल

hoard - खजाना, गुप्त धन

gulls - बेवकूफ़ बनाअना

pounced - झपटना, झपट्टा, झपटना/पंजा मारना

flew away - उड़ गया

raging - छेड़ छाड़ करना, घटिया समाचारपत्र

scurvy - अधम, नीचतापूर्ण, नीच, स्कर्वी

tarpaulin - तिरपाल

watertight - ठोस, अकाट्य, जल रोकनेवाला

brim - कगार

Peter put the eggs into this hat and set it on the lagoon. It floated beautifully.

The Never bird saw at once what he was up to, and screamed her admiration of him; and, alas, Peter crowed his agreement with her. Then he got into the nest, reared the stave in it as a mast, and hung up his shirt for a sail. At the same moment the bird fluttered down upon the hat and once more sat snugly on her eggs. She drifted in one direction, and he was borne off in another, both cheering.

reared - पीछे का भाग, उठाना, पिछला

mast - मस्तूल

snugly - सुरक्षित ढंग से

Of course when Peter landed he beached his barque [small ship, actually the Never Bird's nest in this particular case in point] in a place where the bird would easily find it; but the hat was such a great success that she abandoned the nest. It drifted about till it went to pieces, and often Starkey came to the shore of the lagoon, and with many bitter feelings watched the bird sitting on his hat.

barque - तीन या तीन से अधिक मस्तूलों वाला जहाज़अ

feelings - भावना, अहसास, जज्बात

As we shall not see her again, it may be worth mentioning here that all Never birds now build in that shape of nest, with a broad brim on which the youngsters take an airing.

youngsters - बच्चा, लड़का

Great were the rejoicings when Peter reached the home under the ground almost as soon as Wendy, who had been carried hither and thither by the kite. Every boy had adventures to tell; but perhaps the biggest adventure of all was that they were several hours late for bed.

rejoicings - हर्षोल्लास, विजयोल्लसित

thither - उधर

This so inflated them that they did various dodgy things to get staying up still longer, such as demanding bandages; but Wendy, though glorying in having them all home again safe and sound, was scandalised by the lateness of the hour, and cried, "To bed, to bed," in a voice that had to be obeyed.

inflated - बढ़ाना, अवमूल्यन करना

dodgy - कपटी, धूर्ततापूर्ण, कठिन

bandages - पट्टी लगाना, पट्टी

glorying - अप्रतिम सुन्दरता

scandalised - नाराज़ होना, नाराज़ होना

lateness - The property of being late

Next day, however, she was awfully tender, and gave out bandages to every one, and they played till bed-time at limping about and carrying their arms in slings.

tender - मुलायम, नरम

bed-time - (bed-time) सोने का समय

limping - खंजक, लँंगड़ा, (limp)

slings - लटकाना, लटकन, गुलेल


One important result of the brush [with the pirates] on the lagoon was that it made the redskins their friends. Peter had saved Tiger Lily from a dreadful fate, and now there was nothing she and her braves would not do for him. All night they sat above, keeping watch over the home under the ground and awaiting the big attack by the pirates which obviously could not be much longer delayed.

awaiting - आसरा देखना, बाट जोहना, शलभ

Even by day they hung about, smoking the pipe of peace, and looking almost as if they wanted tit-bits to eat.

hung about - लगाया हुआ

tit - अनेक प्रकार के छोटे छोटे पक्षी

They called Peter the Great White Father, prostrating themselves [lying down] before him; and he liked this tremendously, so that it was not really good for him.

prostrating - गिरादेना, निस्सहाय कर देना

"The great white father," he would say to them in a very lordly manner, as they grovelled at his feet, "is glad to see the Piccaninny warriors protecting his wigwam from the pirates."

lordly - भव्य, उद्धत, सामन्तीय

is glad - खुशी है

warriors - सैनिक, प्रयुत्सु

"Me Tiger Lily," that lovely creature would reply. "Peter Pan save me, me his velly nice friend. Me no let pirates hurt him."

She was far too pretty to cringe in this way, but Peter thought it his due, and he would answer condescendingly, "It is good. Peter Pan has spoken."

cringe - घबरा जाना, साष्टांग प्रणाम करना

condescendingly - प्रोत्साहक ढंग से

Always when he said, "Peter Pan has spoken," it meant that they must now shut up, and they accepted it humbly in that spirit; but they were by no means so respectful to the other boys, whom they looked upon as just ordinary braves. They said "How-do?" to them, and things like that; and what annoyed the boys was that Peter seemed to think this all right.

Secretly Wendy sympathised with them a little, but she was far too loyal a housewife to listen to any complaints against father. "Father knows best," she always said, whatever her private opinion must be. Her private opinion was that the redskins should not call her a squaw.

sympathised - समर्थन करना, सहानुभूति रखना

squaw - अमेरिकी स्त्री

We have now reached the evening that was to be known among them as the Night of Nights, because of its adventures and their upshot. The day, as if quietly gathering its forces, had been almost uneventful, and now the redskins in their blankets were at their posts above, while, below, the children were having their evening meal; all except Peter, who had gone out to get the time.

uneventful - शांत, घटनारहित

evening meal - सांझ भोजन

The way you got the time on the island was to find the crocodile, and then stay near him till the clock struck.

The meal happened to be a make-believe tea, and they sat around the board, guzzling in their greed; and really, what with their chatter and recriminations, the noise, as Wendy said, was positively deafening. To be sure, she did not mind noise, but she simply would not have them grabbing things, and then excusing themselves by saying that Tootles had pushed their elbow.

guzzling - गटकना, बहुत खाना पीना

greed - लालच, (gree)

chatter - बकबक करना

recriminations - उल्टा दोष, प्रत्यारोप

positively - निश्चित रूप से, निश्चित रुप से

deafening - कानफोड़ू, (deafen) कानफोड़ू

There was a fixed rule that they must never hit back at meals, but should refer the matter of dispute to Wendy by raising the right arm politely and saying, "I complain of so-and-so;" but what usually happened was that they forgot to do this or did it too much.

dispute - विवाद करना, झगड़ना, झगड़ा

"Silence," cried Wendy when for the twentieth time she had told them that they were not all to speak at once. "Is your mug empty, Slightly darling?"

mug - प्याला

"Not quite empty, mummy," Slightly said, after looking into an imaginary mug.

"He hasn't even begun to drink his milk," Nibs interposed.

This was telling, and Slightly seized his chance.

"I complain of Nibs," he cried promptly.

promptly - तुरंत, जल्दी, फुर्ती से, समय पर

John, however, had held up his hand first.

"Well, John?"

"May I sit in Peter's chair, as he is not here?"

"Sit in father's chair, John!" Wendy was scandalised. "Certainly not."

"He is not really our father," John answered. "He didn't even know how a father does till I showed him."

This was grumbling. "We complain of John," cried the twins.

grumbling - गड़गड़ाहट, (grumble)

Tootles held up his hand. He was so much the humblest of them, indeed he was the only humble one, that Wendy was specially gentle with him.

humble - नम्र, विनीत, सीधा सादा

"I don't suppose," Tootles said diffidently [bashfully or timidly], "that I could be father."

diffidently - संकोचपूर्वक

bashfully - संकोच-पूर्वक

"No, Tootles."

Once Tootles began, which was not very often, he had a silly way of going on.

"As I can't be father," he said heavily, "I don't suppose, Michael, you would let me be baby?"

"No, I won't," Michael rapped out. He was already in his basket.

"As I can't be baby," Tootles said, getting heavier and heavier and heavier, "do you think I could be a twin?"

"No, indeed," replied the twins; "it's awfully difficult to be a twin."

"As I can't be anything important," said Tootles, "would any of you like to see me do a trick?"

"No," they all replied.

Then at last he stopped. "I hadn't really any hope," he said.

The hateful telling broke out again.

hateful - घृणित

"Slightly is coughing on the table."

coughing - खांसी, (cough), खांसना

"The twins began with cheese-cakes."

"Curly is taking both butter and honey."

honey - मधु, शहद

"Nibs is speaking with his mouth full."

"I complain of the twins."

"I complain of Curly."

"I complain of Nibs."

"Oh dear, oh dear," cried Wendy, "I'm sure I sometimes think that spinsters are to be envied."

She told them to clear away, and sat down to her work-basket, a heavy load of stockings and every knee with a hole in it as usual.

clear away - हटाना

"Wendy," remonstrated [scolded] Michael, "I'm too big for a cradle."

remonstrated - विरोध करना, आपत्ति करना, डाँटना

scolded - फटकारना, डाँटना

cradle - पालना, खटोला

"I must have somebody in a cradle," she said almost tartly, "and you are the littlest. A cradle is such a nice homely thing to have about a house."

tartly - कटुतापूर्वक, तीखेपन से

While she sewed they played around her; such a group of happy faces and dancing limbs lit up by that romantic fire. It had become a very familiar scene, this, in the home under the ground, but we are looking on it for the last time.

limbs - शरारती, शाखा, अंग, पंखुड़ी, छोर

There was a step above, and Wendy, you may be sure, was the first to recognize it.

"Children, I hear your father's step. He likes you to meet him at the door."

Above, the redskins crouched before Peter.

crouched - दुबकना, दुबकने की मुद्रा

"Watch well, braves. I have spoken."

And then, as so often before, the gay children dragged him from his tree. As so often before, but never again.

He had brought nuts for the boys as well as the correct time for Wendy.

"Peter, you just spoil them, you know," Wendy simpered [exaggerated a smile].

simpered - बनावटी रूप में मुस्कुराना

exaggerated - बढा चढा कर कहना, बढ़ा चढ़ाकर कहना

"Ah, old lady," said Peter, hanging up his gun.

"It was me told him mothers are called old lady," Michael whispered to Curly.

"I complain of Michael," said Curly instantly.

The first twin came to Peter. "Father, we want to dance."

"Dance away, my little man," said Peter, who was in high good humour.

"But we want you to dance."

Peter was really the best dancer among them, but he pretended to be scandalised.

"Me! My old bones would rattle!"

rattle - खड़खड़ाना

"And mummy too."

"What," cried Wendy, "the mother of such an armful, dance!"

armful - मुट्ठी भर, मुट्ठी भर, भुजाभर

"But on a Saturday night," Slightly insinuated.

insinuated - इशारा करना

It was not really Saturday night, at least it may have been, for they had long lost count of the days; but always if they wanted to do anything special they said this was Saturday night, and then they did it.

"Of course it is Saturday night, Peter," Wendy said, relenting.

"People of our figure, Wendy!"

"But it is only among our own progeny [children]."

progeny - प्रजा, सन्तान, सन्तति, नाम लेवा

"True, true."

So they were told they could dance, but they must put on their nighties first.

nighties - नाइटी

"Ah, old lady," Peter said aside to Wendy, warming himself by the fire and looking down at her as she sat turning a heel, "there is nothing more pleasant of an evening for you and me when the day's toil is over than to rest by the fire with the little ones near by."

toil - कठिन परिश्रम करना, परिश्रम

near by - आस पास

"It is sweet, Peter, isn't it?" Wendy said, frightfully gratified. "Peter, I think Curly has your nose."

gratified - पूरा करना, प्रसन्न होना

"Michael takes after you."

takes after - उसके बाद लेता है

She went to him and put her hand on his shoulder.

"Dear Peter," she said, "with such a large family, of course, I have now passed my best, but you don't want to [ex]change me, do you?"

"No, Wendy."

Certainly he did not want a change, but he looked at her uncomfortably, blinking, you know, like one not sure whether he was awake or asleep.

blinking - टिमटिमाना, आँख झपकना, पलक झपकना

"Peter, what is it?"

"I was just thinking," he said, a little scared. "It is only make-believe, isn't it, that I am their father?"

"Oh yes," Wendy said primly [formally and properly].

primly - औपचारिक ढंग से

formally - औपचारिक रूप से, विधिवत् रूप से

"You see," he continued apologetically, "it would make me seem so old to be their real father."

"But they are ours, Peter, yours and mine."

"But not really, Wendy?" he asked anxiously.

"Not if you don't wish it," she replied; and she distinctly heard his sigh of relief. "Peter," she asked, trying to speak firmly, "what are your exact feelings to [about] me?"

"Those of a devoted son, Wendy."

"I thought so," she said, and went and sat by herself at the extreme end of the room.

"You are so queer," he said, frankly puzzled, "and Tiger Lily is just the same. There is something she wants to be to me, but she says it is not my mother."

frankly - ईमानदारी से, ईमानदारी से

"No, indeed, it is not," Wendy replied with frightful emphasis. Now we know why she was prejudiced against the redskins.

"Then what is it?"

"It isn't for a lady to tell."

"Oh, very well," Peter said, a little nettled. "Perhaps Tinker Bell will tell me."

nettled - बिच्छू बूटी, बिच्छू का पेड़

"Oh yes, Tinker Bell will tell you," Wendy retorted scornfully. "She is an abandoned little creature."

Here Tink, who was in her bedroom, eavesdropping, squeaked out something impudent.

eavesdropping - छिप कर बात सुनना

squeaked - प्रवेश करना, बाल बाल बचना

impudent - अविवेकी, अक्खड़, निर्लज्ज

"She says she glories in being abandoned," Peter interpreted.

glories - अप्रतिम सुन्दरता

He had a sudden idea. "Perhaps Tink wants to be my mother?"

"You silly ass!" cried Tinker Bell in a passion.

She had said it so often that Wendy needed no translation.

"I almost agree with her," Wendy snapped. Fancy Wendy snapping! But she had been much tried, and she little knew what was to happen before the night was out. If she had known she would not have snapped.

much tried - बहुत प्रयास किया

None of them knew. Perhaps it was best not to know. Their ignorance gave them one more glad hour; and as it was to be their last hour on the island, let us rejoice that there were sixty glad minutes in it. They sang and danced in their night-gowns.

rejoice - आनन्दित होना

Such a deliciously creepy song it was, in which they pretended to be frightened at their own shadows, little witting that so soon shadows would close in upon them, from whom they would shrink in real fear. So uproariously gay was the dance, and how they buffeted each other on the bed and out of it!

deliciously - स्वाद लेते हुये

creepy - लोमहर्षित

witting - साभिप्राय, ज्ञानकृत, संकल्पित

shrink - घटना, पीछे हटना, सिकोड़ना

uproariously - बहुत ही, बहुत ही

buffeted - अलमारी, बुफे, धक्का मुक्की करना

It was a pillow fight rather than a dance, and when it was finished, the pillows insisted on one bout more, like partners who know that they may never meet again. The stories they told, before it was time for Wendy's good-night story! Even Slightly tried to tell a story that night, but the beginning was so fearfully dull that it appalled not only the others but himself, and he said happily:

pillows - रखना, सहारा देना, तकिया

bout - बारी, दौरा

appalled - नाराज़ होना, स्तंभित कर देना

"Yes, it is a dull beginning. I say, let us pretend that it is the end."

And then at last they all got into bed for Wendy's story, the story they loved best, the story Peter hated. Usually when she began to tell this story he left the room or put his hands over his ears; and possibly if he had done either of those things this time they might all still be on the island. But to-night he remained on his stool; and we shall see what happened.

Chapter 11 WENDY'S STORY

"Listen, then," said Wendy, settling down to her story, with Michael at her feet and seven boys in the bed. "There was once a gentleman-"

"I had rather he had been a lady," Curly said.

"I wish he had been a white rat," said Nibs.

"Quiet," their mother admonished [cautioned] them. "There was a lady also, and-"

admonished - चेतावनी देना

cautioned - सावधान करना, चेतावनी देना

"Oh, mummy," cried the first twin, "you mean that there is a lady also, don't you? She is not dead, is she?"

"Oh, no."

"I am awfully glad she isn't dead," said Tootles. "Are you glad, John?"

"Of course I am."

"Are you glad, Nibs?"


"Are you glad, Twins?"

"We are glad."

are glad - हम खुश हैं

"Oh dear," sighed Wendy.

sighed - साँस लेना, तरसना, आह भरना

"Little less noise there," Peter called out, determined that she should have fair play, however beastly a story it might be in his opinion.

beastly - बेकार

"The gentleman's name," Wendy continued, "was Mr. Darling, and her name was Mrs. Darling."

"I knew them," John said, to annoy the others.

"I think I knew them," said Michael rather doubtfully.

"They were married, you know," explained Wendy, "and what do you think they had?"

"White rats," cried Nibs, inspired.


"It's awfully puzzling," said Tootles, who knew the story by heart.

"Quiet, Tootles. They had three descendants."

descendants - वंशज, सन्तान, संतति

"What is descendants?"

"Well, you are one, Twin."

"Did you hear that, John? I am a descendant."

descendant - वंशज

"Descendants are only children," said John.

"Oh dear, oh dear," sighed Wendy. "Now these three children had a faithful nurse called Nana; but Mr. Darling was angry with her and chained her up in the yard, and so all the children flew away."

"It's an awfully good story," said Nibs.

"They flew away," Wendy continued, "to the Neverland, where the lost children are."

"I just thought they did," Curly broke in excitedly. "I don't know how it is, but I just thought they did!"

"O Wendy," cried Tootles, "was one of the lost children called Tootles?"

"Yes, he was."

"I am in a story. Hurrah, I am in a story, Nibs."

"Hush. Now I want you to consider the feelings of the unhappy parents with all their children flown away."

Hush - शान्ति, चुप करना, चुप करना

flown away - उड़ गया

"Oo!" they all moaned, though they were not really considering the feelings of the unhappy parents one jot.

jot - कण, रत्ती, जल्दी से लिखना

"Think of the empty beds!"


"It's awfully sad," the first twin said cheerfully.

cheerfully - खुशी खुशी

"I don't see how it can have a happy ending," said the second twin. "Do you, Nibs?"

"I'm frightfully anxious."

"If you knew how great is a mother's love," Wendy told them triumphantly, "you would have no fear." She had now come to the part that Peter hated.

triumphantly - विजयी भाव से

"I do like a mother's love," said Tootles, hitting Nibs with a pillow. "Do you like a mother's love, Nibs?"

pillow - सिरहाना, शिरोपधान

"I do just," said Nibs, hitting back.

"You see," Wendy said complacently, "our heroine knew that the mother would always leave the window open for her children to fly back by; so they stayed away for years and had a lovely time."

heroine - नायिका

"Did they ever go back?"

"Let us now," said Wendy, bracing herself up for her finest effort, "take a peep into the future;" and they all gave themselves the twist that makes peeps into the future easier. "Years have rolled by, and who is this elegant lady of uncertain age alighting at London Station?"

bracing - स्फूर्तिदायक, ताज़गी देने वाला

twist - मोड़

peeps - झलक, झाँकी, झांकना, दिखाई पड़ना

uncertain - अविश्वसनीय, अनिश्चित, अस्थिर

alighting - उतरना, जलता हुआ, प्रज्ज्वलित

"O Wendy, who is she?" cried Nibs, every bit as excited as if he didn't know.

"Can it be-yes-no-it is-the fair Wendy!"


"And who are the two noble portly figures accompanying her, now grown to man's estate? Can they be John and Michael? They are!"

portly - मोटा, स्थूलकाय/मोटा, स्थूलकाय


"'See, dear brothers,'says Wendy pointing upwards, 'there is the window still standing open. Ah, now we are rewarded for our sublime faith in a mother's love.'So up they flew to their mummy and daddy, and pen cannot describe the happy scene, over which we draw a veil."

standing open - खुला खड़ा

sublime - उच्च, उत्कष्ट, भव्य, प्रतापी

daddy - अब्बा, बाबा, बापू, पिताजी

veil - घूँघट

That was the story, and they were as pleased with it as the fair narrator herself. Everything just as it should be, you see. Off we skip like the most heartless things in the world, which is what children are, but so attractive; and we have an entirely selfish time, and then when we have need of special attention we nobly return for it, confident that we shall be rewarded instead of smacked.

narrator - बयान करने वाला, कथावाचक

skip - उछल-कूद करना

most heartless - सबसे अहिंसक

Selfish - स्वार्थी, मतलबी

smacked - सीधे, स्वाद, ठीक, धमाका

So great indeed was their faith in a mother's love that they felt they could afford to be callous for a bit longer.

callous - कठोर, संवेदनाहीन

But there was one there who knew better, and when Wendy finished he uttered a hollow groan.

uttered - चलाना, निकालना, नितान्त, कहना

groan - कराहना, आह

"What is it, Peter?" she cried, running to him, thinking he was ill. She felt him solicitously, lower down than his chest. "Where is it, Peter?"

solicitously - व्यग्रतापूर्वक, चिंतित हो कर

"It isn't that kind of pain," Peter replied darkly.

"Then what kind is it?"

"Wendy, you are wrong about mothers."

They all gathered round him in affright, so alarming was his agitation; and with a fine candour he told them what he had hitherto concealed.

affright - डरावना

agitation - उत्तेजना, अकुला, आंदोलन, हिलाना

candour - स्पष्टवादिता, खरापन

concealed - छिपाना

"Long ago," he said, "I thought like you that my mother would always keep the window open for me, so I stayed away for moons and moons and moons, and then flew back; but the window was barred, for mother had forgotten all about me, and there was another little boy sleeping in my bed."

I am not sure that this was true, but Peter thought it was true; and it scared them.

"Are you sure mothers are like that?"


So this was the truth about mothers. The toads!

toads - भेक, घृणित[आदमी], मेंढक

Still it is best to be careful; and no one knows so quickly as a child when he should give in. "Wendy, let us [let's] go home," cried John and Michael together.

"Yes," she said, clutching them.

"Not to-night?" asked the lost boys bewildered. They knew in what they called their hearts that one can get on quite well without a mother, and that it is only the mothers who think you can't.

"At once," Wendy replied resolutely, for the horrible thought had come to her: "Perhaps mother is in half mourning by this time."

mourning - शोक, मातमी लिबास

This dread made her forgetful of what must be Peter's feelings, and she said to him rather sharply, "Peter, will you make the necessary arrangements?"

forgetful - लापरवाह, भुलक्कड़, भुल्लकड़

"If you wish it," he replied, as coolly as if she had asked him to pass the nuts.

coolly - शान्ति से, उदासीनतापूर्वक

Not so much as a sorry-to-lose-you between them! If she did not mind the parting, he was going to show her, was Peter, that neither did he.

But of course he cared very much; and he was so full of wrath against grown-ups, who, as usual, were spoiling everything, that as soon as he got inside his tree he breathed intentionally quick short breaths at the rate of about five to a second.

wrath - क्रोध, ग़ुस्सा, रोष, ग़ज़ब

He did this because there is a saying in the Neverland that, every time you breathe, a grown-up dies; and Peter was killing them off vindictively as fast as possible.

vindictively - प्रतिशोध की भावना से

Then having given the necessary instructions to the redskins he returned to the home, where an unworthy scene had been enacted in his absence. Panic-stricken at the thought of losing Wendy the lost boys had advanced upon her threateningly.

unworthy - कुपात्र, अनुचित, अनधिकारी

enacted - कानून बनाना, अभिनय करना

"It will be worse than before she came," they cried.

"We shan't let her go."

"Let's keep her prisoner."

"Ay, chain her up."

In her extremity an instinct told her to which of them to turn.

extremity - चरम सीमा, पराकाष्ठा, अग्रांग

instinct - फ़ितरत, वृत्ति, सलीक़ा

"Tootles," she cried, "I appeal to you."

Was it not strange? She appealed to Tootles, quite the silliest one.

Grandly, however, did Tootles respond. For that one moment he dropped his silliness and spoke with dignity.

grandly - भव्य रूप से, भव्य रूप से

silliness - मूर्खता, बेवकूफ़ी

"I am just Tootles," he said, "and nobody minds me. But the first who does not behave to Wendy like an English gentleman I will blood him severely."

He drew back his hanger; and for that instant his sun was at noon. The others held back uneasily. Then Peter returned, and they saw at once that they would get no support from him. He would keep no girl in the Neverland against her will.

hanger - कपड़ेँ टाँगने की फ्रेम, हैंगर

noon - मध्याह्न

"Wendy," he said, striding up and down, "I have asked the redskins to guide you through the wood, as flying tires you so."

striding - प्रगति, लम्बे डग भरना

tires - थकाना, उकता देना, थका देना

"Thank you, Peter."

"Then," he continued, in the short sharp voice of one accustomed to be obeyed, "Tinker Bell will take you across the sea. Wake her, Nibs."

accustomed - आदी बना करना, साधना

Nibs had to knock twice before he got an answer, though Tink had really been sitting up in bed listening for some time.

"Who are you? How dare you? Go away," she cried.

"You are to get up, Tink," Nibs called, "and take Wendy on a journey."

Of course Tink had been delighted to hear that Wendy was going; but she was jolly well determined not to be her courier, and she said so in still more offensive language. Then she pretended to be asleep again.

courier - संदेशवाहक

more offensive - अधिक आक्रामक

"She says she won't!" Nibs exclaimed, aghast at such insubordination, whereupon Peter went sternly toward the young lady's chamber.

she won't - वह नहीं करेगा।

insubordination - विद्रोहशीलता, अनादर/अवज्ञा

"Tink," he rapped out, "if you don't get up and dress at once I will open the curtains, and then we shall all see you in your negligee [nightgown]."

negligee - ढीला गाउन, ढीला गाउन

nightgown - नाइटी

This made her leap to the floor. "Who said I wasn't getting up?" she cried.

leap - उछलना

In the meantime the boys were gazing very forlornly at Wendy, now equipped with John and Michael for the journey. By this time they were dejected, not merely because they were about to lose her, but also because they felt that she was going off to something nice to which they had not been invited. Novelty was beckoning to them as usual.

gazing - एक्टक देखने ताला, टकटकी

forlornly - दयनीय भाव से, दयनीय भाव से

dejected - मुरझाया, उदास, म्लान, कुम्हलाया

novelty - नवीनता

beckoning - संकेत करना, इशाराअना

Crediting them with a nobler feeling Wendy melted.

nobler - बहुत अच्छा, उतम, शानदार

"Dear ones," she said, "if you will all come with me I feel almost sure I can get my father and mother to adopt you."

The invitation was meant specially for Peter, but each of the boys was thinking exclusively of himself, and at once they jumped with joy.

exclusively - पूरी तरह से, केवल

"But won't they think us rather a handful?" Nibs asked in the middle of his jump.

handful - मुट्ठी भर, मुट्ठी भर, अंजलि भर

"Oh no," said Wendy, rapidly thinking it out, "it will only mean having a few beds in the drawing-room; they can be hidden behind the screens on first Thursdays."

"Peter, can we go?" they all cried imploringly. They took it for granted that if they went he would go also, but really they scarcely cared. Thus children are ever ready, when novelty knocks, to desert their dearest ones.

"All right," Peter replied with a bitter smile, and immediately they rushed to get their things.

"And now, Peter," Wendy said, thinking she had put everything right, "I am going to give you your medicine before you go." She loved to give them medicine, and undoubtedly gave them too much. Of course it was only water, but it was out of a bottle, and she always shook the bottle and counted the drops, which gave it a certain medicinal quality.

medicinal - औषधीय, रोगनाशक

On this occasion, however, she did not give Peter his draught [portion], for just as she had prepared it, she saw a look on his face that made her heart sink.

draught - वायु का झोंका, झोंका, घूँट

"Get your things, Peter," she cried, shaking.

"No," he answered, pretending indifference, "I am not going with you, Wendy."

indifference - उदासीनता, उपेक्षा

"Yes, Peter."


To show that her departure would leave him unmoved, he skipped up and down the room, playing gaily on his heartless pipes. She had to run about after him, though it was rather undignified.

unmoved - अप्रभावित, शान्त

skipped - रस्सी कूदना, भाग जाना, चूक

heartless - निष्ठुर

undignified - अभद्र, अप्रतिष्ठित

"To find your mother," she coaxed.

coaxed - मनाना

Now, if Peter had ever quite had a mother, he no longer missed her. He could do very well without one. He had thought them out, and remembered only their bad points.

"No, no," he told Wendy decisively; "perhaps she would say I was old, and I just want always to be a little boy and to have fun."

decisively - निर्णयात्मक ढंग से

"But, Peter-"


And so the others had to be told.

"Peter isn't coming."

Peter not coming! They gazed blankly at him, their sticks over their backs, and on each stick a bundle. Their first thought was that if Peter was not going he had probably changed his mind about letting them go.

bundle - गठरी, गड्डी

But he was far too proud for that. "If you find your mothers," he said darkly, "I hope you will like them."

The awful cynicism of this made an uncomfortable impression, and most of them began to look rather doubtful. After all, their faces said, were they not noodles to want to go?

cynicism - निराशावाद, दोषदर्षिता, असूया

noodles - मूर्ख, सेवईं, नूडल

"Now then," cried Peter, "no fuss, no blubbering; good-bye, Wendy;" and he held out his hand cheerily, quite as if they must really go now, for he had something important to do.

fuss - परेशान करना, चिंतित होना

blubbering - तिमिवसा, बिलखना

She had to take his hand, and there was no indication that he would prefer a thimble.

"You will remember about changing your flannels, Peter?" she said, lingering over him. She was always so particular about their flannels.

flannels - बकवास करना, बकवास, बकवास करना


"And you will take your medicine?"


That seemed to be everything, and an awkward pause followed. Peter, however, was not the kind that breaks down before other people. "Are you ready, Tinker Bell?" he called out.

"Ay, ay."

"Then lead the way."

Tink darted up the nearest tree; but no one followed her, for it was at this moment that the pirates made their dreadful attack upon the redskins. Above, where all had been so still, the air was rent with shrieks and the clash of steel. Below, there was dead silence. Mouths opened and remained open. Wendy fell on her knees, but her arms were extended toward Peter.

shrieks - चीखना, चिल्लाना, ठहाका लगाना

clash - टकराव

All arms were extended to him, as if suddenly blown in his direction; they were beseeching him mutely not to desert them. As for Peter, he seized his sword, the same he thought he had slain Barbecue with, and the lust of battle was in his eye.

beseeching - मनुहार करता

mutely - खामोशी से, चुपचाप, बिना बोले

lust - वासना, राग, काम

Chapter 12 THE CHILDREN ARE carried off

carried off - उठाया गया

The pirate attack had been a complete surprise: a sure proof that the unscrupulous Hook had conducted it improperly, for to surprise redskins fairly is beyond the wit of the white man.

unscrupulous - अनैतिक

improperly - अनुचित रूप से, अनुचित ढंग से

wit - हाजिर-जवाबी

By all the unwritten laws of savage warfare it is always the redskin who attacks, and with the wiliness of his race he does it just before the dawn, at which time he knows the courage of the whites to be at its lowest ebb.

unwritten - मौखिक, अलिखित

warfare - युद्ध, संघर्ष, युद्धकला

wiliness - धूर्तता

dawn - उषा, ऊषा, प्रभात, तड़का

Ebb - उतरना, कम होना, भाटा

The white men have in the meantime made a rude stockade on the summit of yonder undulating ground, at the foot of which a stream runs, for it is destruction to be too far from water. There they await the onslaught, the inexperienced ones clutching their revolvers and treading on twigs, but the old hands sleeping tranquilly until just before the dawn.

stockade - आड़ बनाना, लकड़ी की बाड़

summit - शिखर

undulating - तरंगित होना, हिलोर/लहरा

await - इंतज़ार करना r=intazār karnā

onslaught - आक्रमण, भीषण आक्रमण

revolvers - चक्र द्वार

Through the long black night the savage scouts wriggle, snake-like, among the grass without stirring a blade. The brushwood closes behind them, as silently as sand into which a mole has dived. not a sound is to be heard, save when they give vent to a wonderful imitation of the lonely call of the coyote.

scouts - पहरेदार, बालचर, पता लगाना

wriggle - कसमसाहट, छटपटाना, कसमसाना

stirring - उत्तेजक, फिंटाई, हरकत

blade - ब्लेड

silently - खामोशी से, चुपचाप

mole - तिल

not a sound is to be heard - कोई ध्वनि सुनाई नहीं जा रही है।

vent - छिद्र

coyote - कायोटी

The cry is answered by other braves; and some of them do it even better than the coyotes, who are not very good at it. So the chill hours wear on, and the long suspense is horribly trying to the paleface who has to live through it for the first time; but to the trained hand those ghastly calls and still ghastlier silences are but an intimation of how the night is marching.

coyotes - भेडिया

chill - ठंड

suspense - अनिश्चय, दुविधा, राज, असमंजस

paleface - a white person of European descent

ghastly - विवर्ण, विकट, भयंकर, बेकार, खराब

ghastlier - विवर्ण, विकट, भयंकर, बेकार, खराब

intimation - सूचना, संकेत, इत्तला

That this was the usual procedure was so well known to Hook that in disregarding it he cannot be excused on the plea of ignorance.

disregarding - अनादर, अवहेलना करना, उपेक्षा

plea - तर्क, अनुनय, सफ़ाई, निवेदन

The Piccaninnies, on their part, trusted implicitly to his honour, and their whole action of the night stands out in marked contrast to his. They left nothing undone that was consistent with the reputation of their tribe.

undone - नष्ट करना, खोलना, बिगाड़ना

With that alertness of the senses which is at once the marvel and despair of civilised peoples, they knew that the pirates were on the island from the moment one of them trod on a dry stick; and in an incredibly short space of time the coyote cries began.

alertness - सतर्कता

marvel - आश्चर्य, चमत्कार, अचंभित होना

despair - निराशा, मायूसी

civilised - शिष्ट, सभ्य, शिक्षित

trod - ट्रॉड, (tread) ट्रॉड

Every foot of ground between the spot where Hook had landed his forces and the home under the trees was stealthily examined by braves wearing their mocassins with the heels in front. They found only one hillock with a stream at its base, so that Hook had no choice; here he must establish himself and wait for just before the dawn.

stealthily - छिप कर

hillock - टीला, ढूह, भीटा, छोटी पहाड़ी

Everything being thus mapped out with almost diabolical cunning, the main body of the redskins folded their blankets around them, and in the phlegmatic manner that is to them, the pearl of manhood squatted above the children's home, awaiting the cold moment when they should deal pale death.

diabolical - क्रूर, पैशाचिक, अप्रिय

main body - मुख्य शरीर

phlegmatic - निष्क्रिय, शांतचित्त, निरुत्साह

pearl - मोती, मुक्ता

manhood - लोग, पुरुषत्त्व, मर्दान्गी

squatted - उट्ठक बैठक, गोल मटोल

children's home - बाल गृह

Here dreaming, though wide-awake, of the exquisite tortures to which they were to put him at break of day, those confiding savages were found by the treacherous Hook.

exquisite - सुन्दर, तीव्र, उत्कृष्ट

tortures - घोर यातना देना, अति कष्ट देना

confiding - बताना, सौंपना, गुप्त बात बताना

treacherous - कपटी, विश्वासघाती, दुष्ट

From the accounts afterwards supplied by such of the scouts as escaped the carnage, he does not seem even to have paused at the rising ground, though it is certain that in that grey light he must have seen it: no thought of waiting to be attacked appears from first to last to have visited his subtle mind; he would not even hold off till the night was nearly spent; on he pounded with no policy but to fall to [get into combat]. What could the bewildered scouts do, masters as they were of every war-like artifice save this one, but trot helplessly after him, exposing themselves fatally to view, while they gave pathetic utterance to the coyote cry.

carnage - हत्या, हत्याकांड, रक्त पात

subtle - हल्का, जटिल, कुशाग्र, तीक्ष्ण

artifice - चाल, तिकड़म, चाल चालाकी

trot - दुलकी चलना

helplessly - असहाय भाव से, असहाय भाव से

fatally - सांघातिक रूप से

utterance - अभिव्यक्ति, कथन, उच्चारण/बातचीत

Around the brave Tiger Lily were a dozen of her stoutest warriors, and they suddenly saw the perfidious pirates bearing down upon them. Fell from their eyes then the film through which they had looked at victory. No more would they torture at the stake. For them the happy hunting-grounds was now. They knew it; but as their father's sons they acquitted themselves.

stoutest - मोटा, तेज बियर, दिलेर

perfidious - विश्वासघाती, नाएतबारी

stake - दाँव पर लगाना, सहारा देना

acquitted - बरी करना, प्रस्तुत करना

Even then they had time to gather in a phalanx [dense formation] that would have been hard to break had they risen quickly, but this they were forbidden to do by the traditions of their race. It is written that the noble savage must never express surprise in the presence of the white.

phalanx - व्यूह, संघटित दल

Thus terrible as the sudden appearance of the pirates must have been to them, they remained stationary for a moment, not a muscle moving; as if the foe had come by invitation. Then, indeed, the tradition gallantly upheld, they seized their weapons, and the air was torn with the war-cry; but it was now too late.

stationary - स्थिर, अपरिवर्तित, अचल

upheld - परिपुष्ट करना, समर्थन करना

It is no part of ours to describe what was a massacre rather than a fight. Thus perished many of the flower of the Piccaninny tribe. Not all unavenged did they die, for with Lean Wolf fell Alf Mason, to disturb the Spanish Main no more, and among others who bit the dust were Geo. Scourie, Chas. Turley, and the Alsatian Foggerty.

massacre - नरसंहार, हत्याकाण्ड

perished - खत्म हो जाना, मरना, मर जाना

unavenged - अप्रतिशोधित

Alsatian - अल्सेशिअन, एक प्रकार का कुत्ता

Turley fell to the tomahawk of the terrible Panther, who ultimately cut a way through the pirates with Tiger Lily and a small remnant of the tribe.

tomahawk - टोमाहॉक, तोमाहॉक

remnant - बचा हुआ टुकड़ा, अवशेष

To what extent Hook is to blame for his tactics on this occasion is for the historian to decide. Had he waited on the rising ground till the proper hour he and his men would probably have been butchered; and in judging him it is only fair to take this into account. What he should perhaps have done was to acquaint his opponents that he proposed to follow a new method.

tactics - तिकड़म, रणनीति, युक्ति

butchered - बिगाड़ना, हत्यारा, गोश्त बनाना

acquaint - परिचित करना, अवगत कराना

On the other hand, this, as destroying the element of surprise, would have made his strategy of no avail, so that the whole question is beset with difficulties. One cannot at least withhold a reluctant admiration for the wit that had conceived so bold a scheme, and the fell [deadly] genius with which it was carried out.

avail - लाभ उठाना, लाभ उठाना

beset - टूट पड़ना

withhold - काटना, रोक कर रखना, रोक रखना

reluctant - अनिच्छुक, असम्मत

What were his own feelings about himself at that triumphant moment? Fain [gladly] would his dogs have known, as breathing heavily and wiping their cutlasses, they gathered at a discreet distance from his hook, and squinted through their ferret eyes at this extraordinary man.

triumphant - प्रफुल्लित, विजयोल्लसित, विजयी

fain - खुश

gladly - खुशी से, स्वेच्छा से

cutlasses - सुखरी

discreet - सावधान, पृथक, न्याययसंगत

squinted - नज़र, तिरछा, भेंगा

ferret - नेवले की जाति का जानवर

Elation must have been in his heart, but his face did not reflect it: ever a dark and solitary enigma, he stood aloof from his followers in spirit as in substance.

solitary - अकेला

enigma - पहेली, मुअम्मा, राज़

followers - अनुगामी, अनुयायी, आगे दिया हुआ

The night's work was not yet over, for it was not the redskins he had come out to destroy; they were but the bees to be smoked, so that he should get at the honey. It was Pan he wanted, Pan and Wendy and their band, but chiefly Pan.

chiefly - प्रधानतः, मुख्य रूप सें

Peter was such a small boy that one tends to wonder at the man's hatred of him. True he had flung Hook's arm to the crocodile, but even this and the increased insecurity of life to which it led, owing to the crocodile's pertinacity [persistance], hardly account for a vindictiveness so relentless and malignant.

insecurity - असुरक्षा, असुरक्षा की भावना

pertinacity - दृढ़ता

vindictiveness - प्रतिशोधिता

relentless - कठोर, निर्मम, निर्दयी, अनवरत

malignant - उग्र, संघाती, अहितकर, असाध्य

The truth is that there was a something about Peter which goaded the pirate captain to frenzy. It was not his courage, it was not his engaging appearance, it was not-. There is no beating about the bush, for we know quite well what it was, and have got to tell. It was Peter's cockiness.

goaded - उकसाना, प्रेरक, प्रेरित करना

frenzy - पागलपन, उन्माद

cockiness - आक्रामक दृढ्ॅता

This had got on Hook's nerves; it made his iron claw twitch, and at night it disturbed him like an insect. While Peter lived, the tortured man felt that he was a lion in a cage into which a sparrow had come.

twitch - झटकना

tortured - घोर यातना देना, अति कष्ट देना

sparrow - गौरैया, गौरिया

The question now was how to get down the trees, or how to get his dogs down? He ran his greedy eyes over them, searching for the thinnest ones. They wriggled uncomfortably, for they knew he would not scruple [hesitate] to ram them down with poles.

scruple - आशंका होना, संकोच, आशंका होना

ram - मेंढ़ा, भेड़ा, मेष

poles - चलाना, ठेलना, ध्रुव बिन्दु

In the meantime, what of the boys? We have seen them at the first clang of the weapons, turned as it were into stone figures, open-mouthed, all appealing with outstretched arms to Peter; and we return to them as their mouths close, and their arms fall to their sides.

clang - झनझनाना

outstretched - फैला हुआ, फैलाया हुआ

The pandemonium above has ceased almost as suddenly as it arose, passed like a fierce gust of wind; but they know that in the passing it has determined their fate.

Pandemonium - कोलाहल, हुल्लड़

gust - हवा का झोंका, भावावेग

Which side had won?

The pirates, listening avidly at the mouths of the trees, heard the question put by every boy, and alas, they also heard Peter's answer.

avidly - उत्सुकता से, उत्सुकतापूर्वक

"If the redskins have won," he said, "they will beat the tom-tom; it is always their sign of victory."

Now Smee had found the tom-tom, and was at that moment sitting on it. "You will never hear the tom-tom again," he muttered, but inaudibly of course, for strict silence had been enjoined [urged]. To his amazement Hook signed him to beat the tom-tom, and slowly there came to Smee an understanding of the dreadful wickedness of the order. Never, probably, had this simple man admired Hook so much.

inaudibly - सुनाई न पड़े, सुनाई न पड़े

enjoined - आज्ञा देना

amazement - अचंभा

wickedness - दुष्टता, जुगुप्सा, अनैतिकता

Twice Smee beat upon the instrument, and then stopped to listen gleefully.

"The tom-tom," the miscreants heard Peter cry; "an Indian victory!"

Indian - भारतीय, भारत संबंधी

The doomed children answered with a cheer that was music to the black hearts above, and almost immediately they repeated their good-byes to Peter. This puzzled the pirates, but all their other feelings were swallowed by a base delight that the enemy were about to come up the trees. They smirked at each other and rubbed their hands.

doomed - बरबाद होना, अर्थी, बरबाद होना

smirked - कृत्रिम मुस्कुराहट

Rapidly and silently Hook gave his orders: one man to each tree, and the others to arrange themselves in a line two yards apart.


The more quickly this horror is disposed of the better. The first to emerge from his tree was Curly. He rose out of it into the arms of Cecco, who flung him to Smee, who flung him to Starkey, who flung him to Bill Jukes, who flung him to Noodler, and so he was tossed from one to another till he fell at the feet of the black pirate.

All the boys were plucked from their trees in this ruthless manner; and several of them were in the air at a time, like bales of goods flung from hand to hand.

ruthless - निर्दय, क्रूर, निर्दयी, राक्षस

bales - गट्ठा, उलीचना

A different treatment was accorded to Wendy, who came last. With ironical politeness Hook raised his hat to her, and, offering her his arm, escorted her to the spot where the others were being gagged. He did it with such an air, he was so frightfully DISTINGUE [imposingly distinguished], that she was too fascinated to cry out. She was only a little girl.

accorded - मिलना[मिलाना], इच्छा, मिलना

ironical - व्यंग्यपूर्ण, विडंबनात्मक

offering - बलि, भेंट, अर्पित

escorted - सहचर, मार्गरक्षण करना

gagged - परिहास करना, प्रतिबंध

Perhaps it is tell-tale to divulge that for a moment Hook entranced her, and we tell on her only because her slip led to strange results.

divulge - प्रकट करना, प्रकट करना/खोल देना

Had she haughtily unhanded him (and we should have loved to write it of her), she would have been hurled through the air like the others, and then Hook would probably not have been present at the tying of the children; and had he not been at the tying he would not have discovered Slightly's secret, and without the secret he could not presently have made his foul attempt on Peter's life.

haughtily - अहंकारपूर्वक, दंभपूर्ण ढंग से

unhanded - हाथ हटा लेना, छोड़ देना

hurled - जोर से चिल्लाना

foul - बदबूदार

They were tied to prevent their flying away, doubled up with their knees close to their ears; and for the trussing of them the black pirate had cut a rope into nine equal pieces. All went well until Slightly's turn came, when he was found to be like those irritating parcels that use up all the string in going round and leave no tags [ends] with which to tie a knot.

flying away - उड़ रहा है

trussing - ट्रसिंग, (truss) ट्रसिंग

parcels - पार्सल, गठरी

knot - गांठ

The pirates kicked him in their rage, just as you kick the parcel (though in fairness you should kick the string); and strange to say it was Hook who told them to belay their violence. His lip was curled with malicious triumph.

parcel - पार्सल

fairness - property of being just

curled - मोड़ना, जाना, लपेटना, सिकोड़ना

malicious - द्वेषी, दुर्भावनापूर्ण

While his dogs were merely sweating because every time they tried to pack the unhappy lad tight in one part he bulged out in another, Hook's master mind had gone far beneath Slightly's surface, probing not for effects but for causes; and his exultation showed that he had found them.

sweating - पसीना

lad - बालक, लड़का

bulged - उभार, उभरा होना

probing - जाँच, तहक़ीकात, सलाई, जांच करना

Slightly, white to the gills, knew that Hook had surprised [discovered] his secret, which was this, that no boy so blown out could use a tree wherein an average man need stick. Poor Slightly, most wretched of all the children now, for he was in a panic about Peter, bitterly regretted what he had done.

wherein - जिसमें

Madly addicted to the drinking of water when he was hot, he had swelled in consequence to his present girth, and instead of reducing himself to fit his tree he had, unknown to the others, whittled his tree to make it fit him.

madly - बहुत ज़्यादा, पागलों की तरह

addicted - व्यसनी, लत लगा हुआ, लतिया, नशेडी

girth - तंग, घेरा, कसन, कमर का घेरा

whittled - काटना, छीलना, लकड़ी तराशना

Sufficient of this Hook guessed to persuade him that Peter at last lay at his mercy, but no word of the dark design that now formed in the subterranean caverns of his mind crossed his lips; he merely signed that the captives were to be conveyed to the ship, and that he would be alone.

mercy - दया, करुणा

subterranean - गुप्त, अन्तर्भूमिक, भूमिगत

caverns - कंदरा, बड़ी गुफा

captives - डूबा, कैदी, बंदी, कैद किया हुआ

How to convey them? Hunched up in their ropes they might indeed be rolled down hill like barrels, but most of the way lay through a morass. Again Hook's genius surmounted difficulties. He indicated that the little house must be used as a conveyance.

hunched - झुकाना, अंतर्ज्ञान

barrels - पीपा, पीपे मेँ भरना, तेज़ चलाना

morass - दलदल

surmounted - अधिक होना, पार करना

Conveyance - हस्तान्तरण पत्र, परिवहन, वाहन

The children were flung into it, four stout pirates raised it on their shoulders, the others fell in behind, and singing the hateful pirate chorus the strange procession set off through the wood.

chorus - कोरस

I don't know whether any of the children were crying; if so, the singing drowned the sound; but as the little house disappeared in the forest, a brave though tiny jet of smoke issued from its chimney as if defying Hook.

Hook saw it, and it did Peter a bad service. It dried up any trickle of pity for him that may have remained in the pirate's infuriated breast.

trickle - टपकाना, टपकना, रिसाव

infuriated - क्रुद्ध करना, क्रोधोन्मत्त करना

The first thing he did on finding himself alone in the fast falling night was to tiptoe to Slightly's tree, and make sure that it provided him with a passage. Then for long he remained brooding; his hat of ill omen on the sward, so that any gentle breeze which had arisen might play refreshingly through his hair. Dark as were his thoughts his blue eyes were as soft as the periwinkle.

tiptoe - पंजा, दबे पाँव चलना

brooding - विचारमग्न, (brood) विचारमग्न

omen - पूर्वसूचना, संभावना, शगुन चिह्न

gentle breeze - हल्की हवा

refreshingly - आश्चर्यजनक ढंग से

periwinkle - एक सदाबहार पौधा

Intently he listened for any sound from the nether world, but all was as silent below as above; the house under the ground seemed to be but one more empty tenement in the void. Was that boy asleep, or did he stand waiting at the foot of Slightly's tree, with his dagger in his hand?

nether - नीचे का, रसातली, निचला

tenement - चाल, गृह

void - रिक्त

There was no way of knowing, save by going down. Hook let his cloak slip softly to the ground, and then biting his lips till a lewd blood stood on them, he stepped into the tree. He was a brave man, but for a moment he had to stop there and wipe his brow, which was dripping like a candle. Then, silently, he let himself go into the unknown.

cloak - चोग़ा

lewd - कामुक, ठरकी

He arrived unmolested at the foot of the shaft, and stood still again, biting at his breath, which had almost left him. As his eyes became accustomed to the dim light various objects in the home under the trees took shape; but the only one on which his greedy gaze rested, long sought for and found at last, was the great bed. On the bed lay Peter fast asleep.

unmolested - बाधारहित, अनाक्रान्त

shaft - अन्यायपूर्ण व्यवहार करना, बरछा

dim - धुंधला

gaze - एक्टक देखने ताला, टकटकी

Unaware of the tragedy being enacted above, Peter had continued, for a little time after the children left, to play gaily on his pipes: no doubt rather a forlorn attempt to prove to himself that he did not care. Then he decided not to take his medicine, so as to grieve Wendy.

unaware - अनभिज्ञ, अनजान, बेख़बर, अनवधान

forlorn - अकेला, क्षीण, परित्यक्त

grieve - शोक पहुंचना

Then he lay down on the bed outside the coverlet, to vex her still more; for she had always tucked them inside it, because you never know that you may not grow chilly at the turn of the night. Then he nearly cried; but it struck him how indignant she would be if he laughed instead; so he laughed a haughty laugh and fell asleep in the middle of it.

coverlet - चादर

vex - परेशान करना

haughty - घमंडी, घमण्डी, अविनयी

Sometimes, though not often, he had dreams, and they were more painful than the dreams of other boys. For hours he could not be separated from these dreams, though he wailed piteously in them. They had to do, I think, with the riddle of his existence.

wailed - रोना, ऊँची आवाज़ में रोना

piteously - दर्दनाकीलगातार

riddle - पहेली

At such times it had been Wendy's custom to take him out of bed and sit with him on her lap, soothing him in dear ways of her own invention, and when he grew calmer to put him back to bed before he quite woke up, so that he should not know of the indignity to which she had subjected him. But on this occasion he had fallen at once into a dreamless sleep.

soothing - आरामदेह

indignity - अपमान, अनादर

dreamless - स्वप्न रहित, स्वप्नरहित

One arm dropped over the edge of the bed, one leg was arched, and the unfinished part of his laugh was stranded on his mouth, which was open, showing the little pearls.

arched - मुख्य, धूर्ततापूर्ण, नटखट, वक्र

unfinished - अधूरा, असमाप्त, असमाप्तआ

stranded - किनारा, लट, पहलू, रेशा

Thus defenceless Hook found him. He stood silent at the foot of the tree looking across the chamber at his enemy. Did no feeling of compassion disturb his sombre breast? The man was not wholly evil; he loved flowers (I have been told) and sweet music (he was himself no mean performer on the harpsichord); and, let it be frankly admitted, the idyllic nature of the scene stirred him profoundly.

defenceless - अरक्षित, रक्षाहीन

compassion - दया, करुणा

sombre - निराशाजनक, उदास/शोकमग्न

performer - कलाकार, प्रदर्शक, अभिनेता/कर्ता

harpsichord - प्यानों जैसा वाद्य यंत्र

idyllic - रमणीय, शांत और सुंदर

stirred - चलाना, उत्तेजित करना, मिलाना

profoundly - पूरी तरह से, पूर्णतया, नितान्त

Mastered by his better self he would have returned reluctantly up the tree, but for one thing.

reluctantly - अनिच्छा से, अनिच्छापूर्वक

What stayed him was Peter's impertinent appearance as he slept. The open mouth, the drooping arm, the arched knee: they were such a personification of cockiness as, taken together, will never again, one may hope, be presented to eyes so sensitive to their offensiveness. They steeled Hook's heart.

impertinent - धृष्ट, ढीठ, उद्दंडतापूर्ण

drooping - झुकना, लटकन, कुम्हलाना

personification - मानवीकरण, साकार रूप, साकार रूप

offensiveness - आक्रामकता

If his rage had broken him into a hundred pieces every one of them would have disregarded the incident, and leapt at the sleeper.

disregarded - अनादर, अवहेलना करना, उपेक्षा

sleeper - अनपेक्षित प्राप्तकर्ताआ

Though a light from the one lamp shone dimly on the bed, Hook stood in darkness himself, and at the first stealthy step forward he discovered an obstacle, the door of Slightly's tree. It did not entirely fill the aperture, and he had been looking over it. Feeling for the catch, he found to his fury that it was low down, beyond his reach.

stealthy - छिप कर आने वाला

aperture - छिद्र, छेद, छिद्र्

To his disordered brain it seemed then that the irritating quality in Peter's face and figure visibly increased, and he rattled the door and flung himself against it. Was his enemy to escape him after all?

visibly - प्रत्यक्षतः, प्रत्यक्ष रूप से

But what was that? The red in his eye had caught sight of Peter's medicine standing on a ledge within easy reach. He fathomed what it was straightaway, and immediately knew that the sleeper was in his power.

ledge - कगार

easy reach - आसान पहुँच

fathomed - गहराई, थाह लेना, फ़ैदम

straightaway - तुरंत, सीधा, तुरन्त

Lest he should be taken alive, Hook always carried about his person a dreadful drug, blended by himself of all the death-dealing rings that had come into his possession. These he had boiled down into a yellow liquid quite unknown to science, which was probably the most virulent poison in existence.

blended - मिलना, मिश्रण, मिलाना

boiled down - सुखाया

most virulent - सबसे विषाणुत्वपूर्ण

Five drops of this he now added to Peter's cup. His hand shook, but it was in exultation rather than in shame. As he did it he avoided glancing at the sleeper, but not lest pity should unnerve him; merely to avoid spilling. Then one long gloating look he cast upon his victim, and turning, wormed his way with difficulty up the tree.

glancing - झलकना, (glance) झलकना

unnerve - हतोत्साह करना

gloating - बड़ी चाह से देखना

As he emerged at the top he looked the very spirit of evil breaking from its hole. Donning his hat at its most rakish angle, he wound his cloak around him, holding one end in front as if to conceal his person from the night, of which it was the blackest part, and muttering strangely to himself, stole away through the trees.

conceal - छिपाना

muttering - बड़बड़ाहट, (mutter) बड़बड़ाहट

stole away - चुरा लिया

Peter slept on. The light guttered [burned to edges] and went out, leaving the tenement in darkness; but still he slept. It must have been not less than ten o'clock by the crocodile, when he suddenly sat up in his bed, wakened by he knew not what. It was a soft cautious tapping on the door of his tree.

guttered - गटर, नाली, मिट्टी

cautious - सावधान, सतर्क

Soft and cautious, but in that stillness it was sinister. Peter felt for his dagger till his hand gripped it. Then he spoke.

stillness - पवनरहितता

"Who is that?"

For long there was no answer: then again the knock.

"Who are you?"

No answer.

He was thrilled, and he loved being thrilled. In two strides he reached the door. Unlike Slightly's door, it filled the aperture [opening], so that he could not see beyond it, nor could the one knocking see him.

thrilled - उत्तेजित करना, खुशी होना

strides - प्रगति, लम्बे डग भरना

"I won't open unless you speak," Peter cried.

Then at last the visitor spoke, in a lovely bell-like voice.

"Let me in, Peter."

It was Tink, and quickly he unbarred to her. She flew in excitedly, her face flushed and her dress stained with mud.

unbarred - प्रतिबन्ध हटाना, आड़ हटाना

flushed - समतल, समृद्ध

stained - अभिरंजन करना, धब्बा, गन्दा होना

"What is it?"

"Oh, you could never guess!" she cried, and offered him three guesses. "Out with it!" he shouted, and in one ungrammatical sentence, as long as the ribbons that conjurers [magicians] pull from their mouths, she told of the capture of Wendy and the boys.

ungrammatical - अव्याकरणिक

ribbons - पट्टी, फीता

conjurers - जादूगर, जंत्री

Magicians - मदारी, जादूगर

Peter's heart bobbed up and down as he listened. Wendy bound, and on the pirate ship; she who loved everything to be just so!

"I'll rescue her!" he cried, leaping at his weapons. As he leapt he thought of something he could do to please her. He could take his medicine.

leaping - छलांग मारना, उछलना, कूदना, उछाल

His hand closed on the fatal draught.

"No!" shrieked Tinker Bell, who had heard Hook mutter about his deed as he sped through the forest.

shrieked - चीखना, चिल्लाना, ठहाका लगाना

deed - कार्य, काम, विलेख, (dee) कार्य

"Why not?"

"It is poisoned."

"Poisoned? Who could have poisoned it?"


"Don't be silly. How could Hook have got down here?"

Alas, Tinker Bell could not explain this, for even she did not know the dark secret of Slightly's tree. Nevertheless Hook's words had left no room for doubt. The cup was poisoned.

"Besides," said Peter, quite believing himself, "I never fell asleep."

He raised the cup. No time for words now; time for deeds; and with one of her lightning movements Tink got between his lips and the draught, and drained it to the dregs.

deeds - कार्य, काम, विलेख

lightning - तड़ित, विद्युत, बिजली

drained - बहना, नाली, खाली करना

dregs - तलछट, कूड़ा करक्ट, बचा खुचा

"Why, Tink, how dare you drink my medicine?"

But she did not answer. Already she was reeling in the air.

Reeling - , (reel)

"What is the matter with you?" cried Peter, suddenly afraid.

"It was poisoned, Peter," she told him softly; "and now I am going to be dead."

"O Tink, did you drink it to save me?"


"But why, Tink?"

Her wings would scarcely carry her now, but in reply she alighted on his shoulder and gave his nose a loving bite. She whispered in his ear "You silly ass," and then, tottering to her chamber, lay down on the bed.

alighted - उतरना, जलता हुआ, प्रज्ज्वलित

Tottering - विचल, (totter) विचल

His head almost filled the fourth wall of her little room as he knelt near her in distress. Every moment her light was growing fainter; and he knew that if it went out she would be no more. She liked his tears so much that she put out her beautiful finger and let them run over it.

fainter - हिम्मती, (faint) हिम्मती

Her voice was so low that at first he could not make out what she said. Then he made it out. She was saying that she thought she could get well again if children believed in fairies.

Peter flung out his arms. There were no children there, and it was night time; but he addressed all who might be dreaming of the Neverland, and who were therefore nearer to him than you think: boys and girls in their nighties, and naked papooses in their baskets hung from trees.

"Do you believe?" he cried.

Tink sat up in bed almost briskly to listen to her fate.

She fancied she heard answers in the affirmative, and then again she wasn't sure.

affirmative - स्वीकारात्मक, हाँ, सकारात्मक

"What do you think?" she asked Peter.

"If you believe," he shouted to them, "clap your hands; don't let Tink die."

clap - ताली बजाना

Many clapped.

clapped - ताली बजाना

Some didn't.

A few beasts hissed.

The clapping stopped suddenly; as if countless mothers had rushed to their nurseries to see what on earth was happening; but already Tink was saved. First her voice grew strong, then she popped out of bed, then she was flashing through the room more merry and impudent than ever. She never thought of thanking those who believed, but she would have liked to get at the ones who had hissed.

countless - असंख्य, असंख्य/अनगणित, बीसों

nurseries - नर्सरी, संवर्धन स्थान

"And now to rescue Wendy!"

The moon was riding in a cloudy heaven when Peter rose from his tree, begirt [belted] with weapons and wearing little else, to set out upon his perilous quest. It was not such a night as he would have chosen.

cloudy - मेघाच्छादित

perilous - खतरनाक, संकटपूर्ण

quest - तलाश

He had hoped to fly, keeping not far from the ground so that nothing unwonted should escape his eyes; but in that fitful light to have flown low would have meant trailing his shadow through the trees, thus disturbing birds and acquainting a watchful foe that he was astir.

fitful - अशांत

trailing - पीछे होना, हारना, चरण, निशानी

acquainting - परिचित करना, अवगत कराना

watchful - सतर्क, चौकस, जागा हुआ, निद्राहीन

astir - उत्तेजित, जागा हुआ, खलबली

He regretted now that he had given the birds of the island such strange names that they are very wild and difficult of approach.

There was no other course but to press forward in redskin fashion, at which happily he was an adept [expert]. But in what direction, for he could not be sure that the children had been taken to the ship? A light fall of snow had obliterated all footmarks; and a deathly silence pervaded the island, as if for a space Nature stood still in horror of the recent carnage.

press forward - आगे बढ़ें

adept - प्रवीण

obliterated - मिटा देना, मिटाना

footmarks - चरणचिन्ह

deathly silence - मृत्युदीप चुप्पी

pervaded - व्याप्त होना, में व्याप्त होना

He had taught the children something of the forest lore that he had himself learned from Tiger Lily and Tinker Bell, and knew that in their dire hour they were not likely to forget it. Slightly, if he had an opportunity, would blaze [cut a mark in] the trees, for instance, Curly would drop seeds, and Wendy would leave her handkerchief at some important place.

lore - विधा, जनश्रुति

blaze - आग की ज्वाला

The morning was needed to search for such guidance, and he could not wait. The upper world had called him, but would give no help.

The crocodile passed him, but not another living thing, not a sound, not a movement; and yet he knew well that sudden death might be at the next tree, or stalking him from behind.

He swore this terrible oath: "Hook or me this time."

oath - शपथ, सौगंद, क़सम

Now he crawled forward like a snake, and again erect, he darted across a space on which the moonlight played, one finger on his lip and his dagger at the ready. He was frightfully happy.


One green light squinting over Kidd's Creek, which is near the mouth of the pirate river, marked where the brig, the JOLLY ROGER, lay, low in the water; a rakish-looking [speedy-looking] craft foul to the hull, every beam in her detestable, like ground strewn with mangled feathers.

squinting - झुकाव, (squint) झुकाव

Creek - सँकरी खाड़ी/निवेशिका

brig - दो मस्तूल का जहाज़

Roger - संभोग करना, संभोग करना

speedy - तेज़ी से चलने वाला/द्रुतगामी

hull - छिलका, पेटा, छीलना

beam - किरण

detestable - घृणित, घिनौना, घृणास्पद

strewn - बिखरा हुआ, बिखरा हुआ

mangled - बिगाड़ना, क्षत विक्षत करना

She was the cannibal of the seas, and scarce needed that watchful eye, for she floated immune in the horror of her name.

cannibal - आदमखोर, मानवभक्षी, नरभक्षी

scarce - दुर्लभ, मुश्किल से, अपर्याप्त

She was wrapped in the blanket of night, through which no sound from her could have reached the shore. There was little sound, and none agreeable save the whir of the ship's sewing machine at which Smee sat, ever industrious and obliging, the essence of the commonplace, pathetic Smee.

agreeable - रजामंद

whir - फरफराहट, शब्द करते हुए घूमना

industrious - परिश्रमी, मेहनती

obliging - नैतिक नियमों से मज़बूर करना

essence - ज़ात

commonplace - आम, आम बात, आम बात

I know not why he was so infinitely pathetic, unless it were because he was so pathetically unaware of it; but even strong men had to turn hastily from looking at him, and more than once on summer evenings he had touched the fount of Hook's tears and made it flow. Of this, as of almost everything else, Smee was quite unconscious.

infinitely - बहुत ज़्यादा, बहुत हद तक

pathetically - बहुत ही, बहुत ही

fount - स्रोत, फ़ंट

A few of the pirates leant over the bulwarks, drinking in the miasma [putrid mist] of the night; others sprawled by barrels over games of dice and cards; and the exhausted four who had carried the little house lay prone on the deck, where even in their sleep they rolled skillfully to this side or that out of Hook's reach, lest he should claw them mechanically in passing.

bulwarks - बचाव, परकोटा, अड़वाल, तरंगरोध

miasma - सड़ाँध, दूषित वायु

putrid - बदबूदार, भ्रष्ट

mist - धुंध

sprawled - इधर उधर फैल जाना

games of dice - दासी के खेल

prone - औंधा, प्रवृत्त, झुका हुआ, अधोमुख

skillfully - कुशलतापूर्वक

Hook trod the deck in thought. O man unfathomable. It was his hour of triumph. Peter had been removed for ever from his path, and all the other boys were in the brig, about to walk the plank.

unfathomable - अज्ञेय, गहन, अथाह, अथाह/अगाध

It was his grimmest deed since the days when he had brought Barbecue to heel; and knowing as we do how vain a tabernacle is man, could we be surprised had he now paced the deck unsteadily, bellied out by the winds of his success?

tabernacle - प्रकोश, मौरमन मंदिर, देवालय

unsteadily - लड़खड़ाता हुआ, अस्थिरता से

bellied - उदर, तोंद, पेट, गोलाकार भाग

winds - करना, लच्छी बनाना

But there was no elation in his gait, which kept pace with the action of his sombre mind. Hook was profoundly dejected.

gait - चाल

He was often thus when communing with himself on board ship in the quietude of the night. It was because he was so terribly alone. This inscrutable man never felt more alone than when surrounded by his dogs. They were socially inferior to him.

communing - साझेदारी, (commune) साझेदारी

quietude - शान्ति, शांति

inscrutable - रहस्यमय, गूढ

socially - समाज द्वारा, समाज द्वारा

Hook was not his true name. To reveal who he really was would even at this date set the country in a blaze; but as those who read between the lines must already have guessed, he had been at a famous public school; and its traditions still clung to him like garments, with which indeed they are largely concerned.

Thus it was offensive to him even now to board a ship in the same dress in which he grappled [attacked] her, and he still adhered in his walk to the school's distinguished slouch. But above all he retained the passion for good form.

grappled - सामना करना, कुश्ती, मल्ल युद्ध

adhered - पालन करना, समर्थन करना, पालन

slouch - भद्देपन से चलना/खड़े होना या बैठना

Good form! However much he may have degenerated, he still knew that this is all that really matters.

degenerated - भ्रष्ट, विकृत व्यक्ति

From far within him he heard a creaking as of rusty portals, and through them came a stern tap-tap-tap, like hammering in the night when one cannot sleep. "Have you been good form to-day?" was their eternal question.

creaking - चरचराना, चरचराहट

rusty - पुराना, जंग लगा, मंद

portals - प्रवेश द्वार, पोर्टल

hammering - हथौड़ा पीटने की आवाज, धमधमाहट

eternal - सनातन

"Fame, fame, that glittering bauble, it is mine," he cried.

bauble - सस्ता आभूषण, भड़कीली सस्ती चीज

"Is it quite good form to be distinguished at anything?" the tap-tap from his school replied.

"I am the only man whom Barbecue feared," he urged, "and Flint feared Barbecue."

"Barbecue, Flint-what house?" came the cutting retort.

retort - प्रत्युत्तर देना

Most disquieting reflection of all, was it not bad form to think about good form?

reflection - परावर्तन, प्रतिबिंब

His vitals were tortured by this problem. It was a claw within him sharper than the iron one; and as it tore him, the perspiration dripped down his tallow [waxy] countenance and streaked his doublet. Ofttimes he drew his sleeve across his face, but there was no damming that trickle.

tore - दुकान

perspiration - पसीना, स्वेद

dripped - टपकाना, ड्रिप, टपकना, टपक, चूना

tallow - चर्बी लगाना, चर्बी

waxy - विवर्ण, मोम जैसा, मोम से आवृत

streaked - वर्णरेखा, चमक, दौर, प्रवृत्ति

doublet - कसी हुई जैकेट

sleeve - आस्तीन, बाँह

damming - बाँध बनाना, बाँध बनाना

Ah, envy not Hook.

envy - ईर्ष्या

There came to him a presentiment of his early dissolution [death]. It was as if Peter's terrible oath had boarded the ship. Hook felt a gloomy desire to make his dying speech, lest presently there should be no time for it.

presentiment - पूर्वबोध, पूर्वाभास

dissolution - विच्छेद, विलयन, विघटन, अंत

gloomy - उदास, अंधकारमय, निराशजनक, दुखी

dying - मरणकालीन, (dye)

"Better for Hook," he cried, "if he had had less ambition!" It was in his darkest hours only that he referred to himself in the third person.

"No little children to love me!"

Strange that he should think of this, which had never troubled him before; perhaps the sewing machine brought it to his mind. For long he muttered to himself, staring at Smee, who was hemming placidly, under the conviction that all children feared him.