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  • Writer's pictureAmelia Sides

Hurt

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

The Velveteen Rabbit (or How Toys Become Real) by Margery Williams, 1922

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Had a brain wave yesterday and started comparing everyone to different materials. Copper (bends yet can break if bent too frequently), Glass (shatters if knocked hard enough and then other interactions involve splinters), Steel (inflexible yet will break eventually), paper (folds at the slightest push, each push showing as tears and creases). Guess which one was me?


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