In many ways, Smee’s identity within the book is described in relation to Hook. Whether romantic, sexual, platonic, parental–or any healthy or unhealthy combination of the above–these two have a strange, rich, and oddly loving relationship.
“[The Jolly Roger] was wrapped in the blanket of night, through which no sound from her could have reached the shore. There was little sound, and none agreeable save the whir of the ship’s sewing machine at which Smee sat, ever industrious and obliging, the essence of the commonplace, pathetic Smee. I know not why he was so infinitely pathetic, unless it were because he was so pathetically unaware of it; but even strong men had to turn hastily from looking at him, and more than once on summer evenings he had touched the fount of Hook’s tears and made it flow. Of this, as of almost everything else, Smee was quite unconscious,” [JM Barrie, Peter & Wendy]