Peter Pan


J.M. Barrie

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The middle Darling child. John tends to be cautious and conservative, a little ill-tempered, and sometimes cowardly. Wendy tells us that he “despises” girls, and he somewhat resents Peter for his kingly manner. In some ways, he greatly resembles Mr. Darling – he is precocious in the pettier aspects of manhood.

John Quotes in Peter Pan

The Peter Pan quotes below are all either spoken by John or refer to John. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Children and Heartlessness Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic Inc edition of Peter Pan published in 2002.
Chapter 11 Quotes

"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."

Related Characters: Wendy (speaker), Mrs. Darling, John, Michael
Page Number: 124
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John Character Timeline in Peter Pan

The timeline below shows where the character John appears in Peter Pan. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: Peter Breaks Through
The Fantastic and the Commonplace Theme Icon
Some time after the two are married, they have three children: Wendy, John, and Michael. They can just barely afford the children on Mr. Darling’s salary. Even so,... (full context)
Children and Heartlessness Theme Icon
The Fantastic and the Commonplace Theme Icon
...a colorful, magical place full of dangers and joys, and also ordinary everyday things. Wendy, John, and Michael each have their own Neverlands, but as they are siblings their Neverlands have... (full context)
Chapter 2: The Shadow
The Fantastic and the Commonplace Theme Icon take a bath, and Mrs. Darling is dressing for her evening out. Wendy and John are pretending to be Mr. and Mrs. Darling on the day of John’s birth. Mr.... (full context)
Chapter 3: Come Away, Come Away!
Children and Heartlessness Theme Icon
Motherhood Theme Icon
...magic, and all the motherly tasks she could perform there. He also promises to take John and Michael along. Wendy wakes up her brothers and tells them Peter Pan is here... (full context)
Chapter 4: The Flight
Children and Heartlessness Theme Icon
The Fantastic and the Commonplace Theme Icon
Wendy, John and Michael fly for many days and nights in the direction of Neverland. They don’t... (full context)
Children and Heartlessness Theme Icon
The Fantastic and the Commonplace Theme Icon
...her light except when she is asleep. Finally, the children decide to conceal her in John’s hat. But soon enough, the pirates fire at them anyway, and the blast blows them... (full context)
Chapter 6: The Little House
The Fantastic and the Commonplace Theme Icon
...from their underground home and build a cabin of branches and leaves. A very sleepy John and Michael fly in, and they get to work too. Peter asks Slightly to get... (full context)
Chapter 7: The Home Under The Ground
The Fantastic and the Commonplace Theme Icon
The next day, Peter measures Michael, John, and Wendy and makes tree holes to fit their figures. The underground home is one... (full context)
Chapter 14: The Pirate Ship
Motherhood Theme Icon
The Fantastic and the Commonplace Theme Icon
...all explain that their mothers would not want them to be pirates. Hook almost enlists John and Michael, but they refuse on grounds of loyalty to the British crown. (full context)