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Peter Pan[1], also known as Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up and Peter and Wendy, is a preexisting work, telling the story of the lead character, Peter Pan, written by J. M. Barrie; first in the form of a play (1904) and then a novel (1911).

History[edit | edit source]

The novel version of Peter Pan appeared in the form of being a singular book in Meggie Folchart's possession while she was kept captive by Capricorn. She read out lines from it, hoping to escape her imprisonment via words, and consequently brought Tinker Bell into the "real world." This caused Basta to discover Meggie being a Silvertongue, just like her father.[2]

A moment after the fairy’s entrance the window was blown open, 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.

‘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.

‘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.

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 ground with both hands …, a thousand times brighter than the night-lights … and when it came to rest for a second, you saw it was a …


It's ticking.
When Meggie, Mo, and Elinor Loredan were sent to a cell, they saw the ticking crocodile from Peter Pan. Cockerell and Flatnose also talked about feeding Farid to the crocodile, though usually the feeding duty was Darius' job.[3]

  • The concluding sentence that Meggie did not continue to read out from passage she was reading, was "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."[2]
  • Dustfinger was able to quickly figure Tinker Bell was from another story, as to his understanding, there were no fairies in the real world, and the fairies in the Inkworld all had blue skin.[4]

Behind the scenes
  • In the film adaptation of Inkheart, the part about Meggie reading out Tinker Bell from Peter Pan, was replaced by Meggie reading out Toto from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
  • The story is simply referred as Peter Pan by Meggie within Inkheart[1] as well as when being referenced in the Inkheart trilogy. It has been referenced at least three times as quotes, seen in chapter 29, 38, and 52 of Inkheart; and the character, Peter Pan, is also name dropped in at least one other written work that has been used as a quote.

Characters[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Inkheart, Ch. 20 - Snakes and Thorns
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Inkheart, Ch. 38 - A Quiet Voice
  3. 3.0 3.1 Inkheart (film)
  4. Inkheart, Ch. needing specification
  5. Inkheart, Ch. 14 - A Mission Accomplished
  6. 6.0 6.1 Inkheart, Ch. 29 - Only an Idea
  7. Inkheart, Ch. 56 - The Shadow
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