“Real isn’t how you are made,”said the Skin Horse.
“It’s a thing that happens to you,
When a child loves you for a long, long time,
not just to play with, but really loves you, then you become Real”
“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” the Rabbit asked,
“or bit by bit?”
“It doesn’t happen all at once.” said the Skin Horse.
It takes a long time.
Generally by the the time you are Real,
most of you hair has fallen off,
and your eyes drop out
and you get lose 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. “