He Played until His Mother Looked Happy

Daniel M. Ogilvie

in Fantasies of Flight

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195157468
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199894024 | DOI:
He Played until His Mother Looked Happy

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This chapter focuses on J. M. Barrie's childhood. Jamie Barrie was born in 1860 in a small cottage in Kirriemuir, Scotland. For his first three years, Jamie was the youngest of seven living children. In 1866, his brother David, seven years older than little Jamie and barely known to him, was killed in a skating accident. His mother, Margaret Ogilvy never recovered from the tragedy. Over the ensuing days, weeks, and months (lifetime one could say), Jamie spent much of his time trying to make his mother forget about David. Both Margaret and Jamie discovered a way to periodically escape the emotional turmoil that had been triggered by the family tragedy. Throughout the many days that Jamie spent at his mother's bedside, an opening into a conversational safety zone emerged that involved Margaret reminiscing about her childhood.

Keywords: J. M. Barrie; Peter Pan; childhood; Margaret Ogilvy

Chapter.  2605 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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