Peter Pan

Mrs. Darling Character Analysis

The children’s mother, and the narrator’s favorite, Mrs. Darling is a lovely, cheerful woman with a mysterious “kiss” in the corner of her mouth, like some leftover childhood magic. She adores her children and loves to care for them, and pines away when they leave her. To see them come home again is her greatest happiness.

Mrs. Darling Quotes in Peter Pan

The Peter Pan quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Darling or refer to Mrs. 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic Inc edition of Peter Pan published in 2002.
Chapter 1 Quotes

He got all of her, except the innermost box and the kiss. He never knew about the box, and in time he gave up trying for the kiss.

Related Characters: Mrs. Darling, Mr. Darling
Related Symbols: The Kiss
Page Number: 2
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It is the nightly custom of every good mother after her children are asleep to rummage in their minds and put things straight for next morning, repacking into their proper places the many articles that have wandered during the day.

Related Characters: Mrs. Darling
Page Number: 5
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She dreamt that the Neverland had come too near and that a strange boy had broken through from it. He did not alarm her, for she thought she had seen him before in the faces of many women who have no children.

Related Characters: Peter Pan, Mrs. Darling
Page Number: 10
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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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Chapter 16 Quotes

If she was too fond of her rubbishy children she couldn't help it. Look at her in her chair, where she has fallen asleep. The corner of her mouth, where one looks first, is almost withered up. Her hand moves restlessly on her breast as if she had a pain there. Some like Peter best and some like Wendy best, but I like her best.

Related Characters: Peter Pan, Wendy, Mrs. Darling
Related Symbols: The Kiss
Page Number: 180
Explanation and Analysis:

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He ceased to look at her, but even then she would not let go of him. He skipped about and made funny faces, but when he stopped it was just as if she were inside him, knocking.

Related Characters: Peter Pan, Mrs. Darling
Page Number: 184
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Chapter 17 Quotes

He took Mrs. Darling's kiss with him. The kiss that had been for no one else Peter took quite easily. Funny. But she seemed satisfied.

Related Characters: Peter Pan, Mrs. Darling
Related Symbols: The Kiss
Page Number: 191
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Mrs. Darling Character Timeline in Peter Pan

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Darling appears in Peter Pan. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: Peter Breaks Through
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Wendy’s mother, Mrs. Darling , is pretty and imaginative, with some mystery about her. The mystery seems to reside... (full context)
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...might affect his reputation. He also worries that Nana does not respect him sufficiently, but Mrs. Darling always assures him otherwise. They are, in general, a happy, jolly family. (full context)
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Mrs. Darling first learns of Peter Pan late one night in the nursery, where she is performing... (full context)
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One day Mrs. Darling asks Wendy to explain Peter Pan, a person she has noticed in the children’s minds.... (full context)
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The next night, Mrs. Darling falls asleep over her sewing in the nursery after the three children have gone to... (full context)
Chapter 2: The Shadow
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Mrs. Darling gives a startled shout when she sees the boy, and Nana runs into the room... (full context)
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...ill-fated evening begins in an ordinary way. Michael is refusing to take a bath, and Mrs. Darling is dressing for her evening out. Wendy and John are pretending to be Mr. and... (full context)
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Mrs. Darling sadly puts the children to bed. Nana is barking loudly outside, and Wendy explains that... (full context)
Chapter 3: Come Away, Come Away!
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...the lost boys know any good stories. Wendy tells him the end of Cinderella, which Mrs. Darling has been reciting for the children at bedtime, and when Peter jumps up to go... (full context)
Chapter 11: Wendy’s Story
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Wendy’s a story is about a couple called Mr. and Mrs. Darling , who had three children and a dog named Nana. When Mr. Darling tied Nana... (full context)
Chapter 16: The Return Home
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...narrator considers telling the Darlings in advance about the children’s return, but he imagines that Mrs. Darling would not want him to spoil the children’s surprise. She has kept the children’s room... (full context)
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Mrs. Darling misses the children very much and always seems sad. The mysterious kiss in the corner... (full context)
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Mr. Darling comes home. He asks Mrs. Darling to play a song on the piano and to close the window, but she insists... (full context)
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...old home. They are surprised to see their father in Nana’s kennel. They wonder about Mrs. Darling , but just then she begins to play the piano again, and they sigh with... (full context)
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When Mrs. Darling comes into the nursery and sees the children in their beds, she thinks she is... (full context)
Chapter 17: When Wendy Grew Up
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The lost boys are waiting downstairs. When Mrs. Darling sees them, she resolves to adopt them right away. She wants to adopt Peter too,... (full context)
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Wendy gets married, and soon she has a daughter named Jane. Mrs. Darling is no longer alive. Jane, who now sleeps in the children’s old nursery, loves to... (full context)