How did Hook trick Peter into telling him he was there in the lagoon?

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Peter Pan is a 1911 young adult novel written by Scottish playwright and novelist J. M. Barrie which was originally published as a play in 1904. It is the author’s most popular creation and tells the story of a young boy named Peter who lives on a mystical island known...

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Peter Pan is a 1911 young adult novel written by Scottish playwright and novelist J. M. Barrie which was originally published as a play in 1904. It is the author’s most popular creation and tells the story of a young boy named Peter who lives on a mystical island known as Neverland and never actually grows up. Together with his group of Lost Boys, his trusted fairy companion Tinkerbell, and his friend Wendy, Peter goes through numerous adventures which involve pirates, mermaids, and fairies. His arch nemesis is the infamous pirate James Hook—captain of the Jolly Roger.

In Barrie’s original play, Captain Hook manages to trick Peter into telling him he was there in the lagoon by prompting him to play a guessing game. Peter hides and tries to mock Captain Hook, but his plan backfires, as Hook realizes that Peter might actually be there to save Wendy. He starts to ask Peter various questions about his identity, trying to prompt Peter to tell him his name and reveal his location. When Peter thinks that the pirates have "given up" and can't guess who they’re talking to, he proudly reveals his identity, only to realize that he has made a terrible mistake. Captain Hook then orders Smee and the rest of his men to seize and capture Peter.

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