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Peter Pan author James Matthew Barrie. Credit: Herbert Rose Barraud (Public domain)
At George Meredith's funeral in 1909, Max Beerbohm was mistaken for fellow scribe James Barrie (the Scottish author of Peter Pan): "As I left, a young woman rushed up to me, crying, 'Mr. Barrie, Mr. Barrie—you are Mr. Barrie, aren't you!? Will you write something for me in my autograph book? Here it is!'—I know it was in poor taste; I said nothing, but when I took the volume my pen ran away with me, and I wrote, 'Ay, Lassie! It's a sad day the noo. J. M. Barrie.'"

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