A fussy, responsible family man. In the beginning of the story, Mr. Darling is always very practical, concerned primarily with money and keeping up appearances. Though he is sometimes childish and insecure, he demands respect from his wife and children, and usually they happily oblige him. But sometimes, when his feelings are hurt, he loses his temper and acts unfairly. He changes quite a lot after the children fly away: his guilt makes him re-examine his behavior and values, and he becomes more cheerful, easy-going, and sentimental, even “quixotic.” Missing his children brings him back to his own childhood.
Mr. Darling Quotes in Peter Pan
The Peter Pan quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Darling or refer to Mr. Darling. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic Inc edition of Peter Pan published in 2002.).
Mr. Darling Character Timeline in Peter Pan
The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Darling appears in Peter Pan. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: Peter Breaks Through
Chapter 2: The Shadow
Chapter 11: Wendy’s Story