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Slightly is one of the six Lost Boys in the original story. In the novel Peter and Wendy, he is described as the most conceited of the boys, because he believes that he, unlike the others, remembers what life was like before he was "lost". However, most of his "memories" are either based on misunderstandings or pure fabrications: one example is that he claims to know what his last name is: his pinafore had the words "Slightly Soiled" written on the tag.
Slightly has a secret which inadvertently gives Captain Hook the opportunity to poison Peter. Each of the Lost Boys has his own tunnel entrance to the Underground House which is precisely the right size for each boy; if not, Peter would (somehow) adjust the boy's size accordingly. But Slightly is overly fond of drinking water, and has swelled up a bit from it; rather than being slimmed down again, he has increased the diameter of his tunnel... large enough for Hook to slither through. Fortunately, Slightly's door at the bottom is latched, and Hook can only reach far enough inside to poison Peter's medicine.
In the "Night of Nights", as Peter kills off the pirates one by one, Slightly keeps count.
Slightly is apparently a poor make-believer, but he does seem to have a talent for music; he is described as cutting whistles and flutes from the branches of trees and dancing to tunes he creates himself. In Peter Pan in Scarlet he plays the clarinet and even saves the day a couple of times with his music. According to When Wendy Grew Up, he marries a noblewoman, and becomes a lord. (In fact, although the wife of a lord becomes a lady, the husband of a lady does not become a lord.) In Peter Pan in Scarlet he has become a widower at the age of thirty and is the only one of the Lost Boys not to have any children. In the 2003 Peter Pan directed by P. J. Hogan, he arrives in the house after the other Lost Boys have been adopted by the Darlings, and is disappointed to not have a mother, until Aunt Millicent inexplicably guesses his name, and declares herself his mother.
He was played by 14-year-old Noel Coward – who went on to be a very famous writer and actor – in 1913 and 1914. He was played by Theodore Chester – who hasn't become quite that famous – in the 2003 film. In the 1953 Disney movie he wears a fox suit, and Disney sometimes calls him "Foxy"; he was voiced by Stuffy Singer. He was voiced by Scott Menville in the TV show Peter Pan and the Pirates.