Margery Williams On What Is Real

016E55DC-50D1-490E-9ED6-1EB54B1F8683Margery Williams (July 22, 1881 – September 4, 1944)

“What is ‘Real?” asks the rabbit.

“Real isn’t how you’re made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you.”

“Does it hurt?” asks the rabbit.

“Sometimes,” answered the Skin Horse. “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.”