Rabbit: What is real? Does it hurt?
Horse: Sometimes, but when you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.
Rabbit: Does it happen all at once or bit by bit?
Horse: It doesn’t happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose 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.