Why doesn't Hook finish the battle with Peter Pan?

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Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up (alternative title: Peter and Wendy) is a play written by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie, originally published in 1904 and republished in 1911 as a novel. It follows the adventures of Peter Pan—a young boy who can fly and refuses to grow up. The main antagonist in the story is Captain Hook. The rivalry between Hook and Peter begins when Peter cuts Hook’s hand off and feeds it to a crocodile who wants to eat Hook and never stops following him around. However, the crocodile also swallows Hook’s clock, so Hook always knows when the crocodile is near, as he produces a distinctive ticking sound.

In Barrie’s original play, Peter actually manages to defeat Captain Hook by throwing him overboard; it is implied that Hook is eaten by the crocodile. In the animated Disney movie, however, Hook is portrayed a bit differently; he is funny, sassy, and easily frightened. Walt Disney was convinced that his character would be greatly loved and adored, despite being the villain, which is why he decided to let him live. When Peter and Hook have their final battle, Hook hears the familiar ticking sound in the distance and knows that the crocodile is near, and so he runs and the crocodile chases after him. Thus, Hook and Peter never finish their duel.

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