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THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
THE ADVENTURES OF
TRANSLATED FROM THE ITALIAN
THE JOHN C. WINSTON COMPANY
CHICAGo PHILADELPHIA TORONTO
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The Adventures of Pinocchio
Introduction ................. .................... ......... .11
How It Came to Pass That Master Cherry the Carpenter Found a
Piece of Wood That Laughed and Cried Like a Child......... 15
Master Cherry Makes a Present of the Piece of Wood to His
Friend Geppetto, Who Takes It to Make for Himself a Won-
derful Puppet, That Shall Know How to Dance and to Fence
and to Leap Like an Acrobat ............................ 19
Geppetto Having Returned Home, Begins at Once to Make a
Puppet, to Which He Gives the Name of Pinocchio. The
First Tricks Played by the Puppet ....................... 26
The Story of Pinocchio and the Talking Cricket, from Which We
See That Naughty Boys Cannot Endure to Be Corrected by
Those Who Know More Than They Do.................... 32
Pinocchio Is Hungry and Searches for an Egg to Make Himself an
Omelet; but Just at the Most Interesting Moment the Omelet
Flies Out of the Window ................................ 35
Pinocchio Falls Asleep With His Feet on the Brazier, and Wakes in
the Morning to Find Them Burned Off .................. 39
Geppetto Returns Home, Makes the Puppet New Feet, and Gives
Him the Breakfast That the Poor Man Had Brought for Himself 43
Geppetto Makes Pinocchio New Feet, and Sells His Own Coat to
Buy Him a Spelling Book ............................... 51
Pinocchio Sells His Spelling Book That He May Go to See a Puppet
Show .............. ... .......... ................. 55
CHAPTER X PAGE
The Puppets Recognize Their Brother Pinocchio, and Receive Him
With Delight; but at That Moment Their Master Fire Eater
Makes His Appearance and Pinocchio Is In Danger of Coming
to a Bad End ....,, ... .... .. .... ..,,,,........... 59
Fire Eater Sneezes and Pardons Pinocchio, Who Then Saves the
Life of His Friend Harlequin ............................ 67
The Showman, Fire Eater, Makes Pinocchio a Present of Five
Gold Pieces to Take Home to His Father, Geppetto; but Pinoc-
chio Instead Allows Himself to Be Taken In By the Fox and
the Cat, and Goes With Them...........,,....,,, ,..... 71
The Inn of the Red Crawfish ........................... 77
Pinocchio, Because He Would Not Heed the Good Counsels of the
Talking Cricket, Falls Among Assassins .................. 82
The Assassins Pursue Pinocchio; and Having Overtaken Him,
Hang Him to a Branch of the Big Oak .................. 87
The Beautiful Child With Blue Hair Has the Puppet Taken Down;
Has Him Put to Bed and Calls In Three Doctors to Know If
He Is Alive or Dead .................., .......... 91
Pinocchio Eats the Sugar, but Will Not Take His Medicine: When,
However, He Sees the Grave Diggers, Who Have Arrived to
Carry Him Away, He Takes It. He Then Tells a Lie, and
As a Punishment His Nose Grows Longer.....,,,,,,,,,,,,,, 97
Pinocchio Meets Again the Fox and the Cat, and Goes With Them
to Bury His Money in the Field of Miracles ................ 104
Pinocchio Is Robbed of His Money, and As a Punishment He Is
Sent to Prison for Four Months........................ 113
CHAPTER XX PAGE
Liberated From Prison, He Starts to Return to the Fairy's House;
but on the Road He Meets With a Horrible Serpent, and After-
wards He Is Caught In a Trap ......, .................. 118
Pinocchio Is Taken By a Peasant, Who Obliges Him to Fill the
Place of His Watchdog in the Poultry Yard............... 123
Pinocchio Discovers the Robbers, and As a Reward for His Fidelity
Is Set At Liberty..................................... 127
Pinocchio Mourns the Death of the Beautiful Child With the Blue
Hair. He Then Meets With a Pigeon Who Flies With Him to
the Seashore, and There He Throws Himself Into the Water
to Go to the Assistance of His Father Geppetto ..........,, 132
Pinocchio Arrives at the Island of the "Industrious Bees," and
Finds the Fairy Again.................................. 139
Pinocchio Promises the Fairy to Be Good and Studious, for He is
Quite Sick of Being a Puppet and Wishes to Become an Exem-
plary Boy ..,,,,,,, ... ................................ 148
Pinocchio Accompanies His Schoolfellows to the Seashore to See
the Terrible Dogfish................................... 154
Great Fight Between Pinocchio and His Companions. One of
Them Is Wounded, and Pinocchio Is Arrested by the Gen-
darmes ................................. .......... 158
Pinocchio Is In Danger of Being Fried In a Frying Pan Like a Fish. 167
He Returns to the Fairy's House. She Promises Him That the
Following Day He Shall Cease to Be a Puppet and Shall Be-
come a Boy. Grand Breakfast of Coffee and Milk to Celebrate
This Great Event ..................................... 175
CHAPTER XXX PAGs
Pinocchio, Instead of Becoming a Boy, Starts Secretly With His
Friend Candlewick for the "Land of Boobies".............. 184
After Five Months' Residence In the Land of Cocagne, Pinocchio,
to His Great Astonishment, Grows a Beautiful Pair of Don-
key's Ears, and He Becomes a Little Donkey, Tail and All... 193
Pinocchio Gets Donkey's Ears; and Then He Becomes a Real
Little Donkey and Begins to Bray........................ 201
Pinocchio, Having Become a Genuine Little Donkey, Is Taken to
Be Sold, and Is Bought By the Director of a Company of Buf-
foons to Be Taught to Dance, and to Jump Through Hoops;
but One Evening He Lames Himself and Then He Is Bought
By a Man Who Purposes to Make a Drum of His Skin....... 209
Pinocchio, Having Been Thrown Into the Sea, Is Eaten By the
Fish and Becomes a Puppet as He Was Before. While He
Is Swimming Away to Save His Life He Is Swallowed by the
Terrible Dogfish ............... ...................... 220
Pinocchio Finds In the Body of the Dogfish-Whom Does He Find?
Read This Chapter and You Will Know.................. 229
Pinocchio At Last Ceases to Be a Puppet and Becomes a Boy.... 238
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
PINOCCHIO AND HIS COMPANIONS WALKED AND WALKED UNTIL
THEY CAME TO THE INN OF THE RED CRAWFISH.. Frontispiece
MASTER CHERRY STRUCK THE WOOD A TREMENDOUS BLOW.... 16
THE PIECE OF WOOD STRUCK GEPPETTO A TERRIBLE BLOW. ... 21
"GIVE ME BACK MY WIG," SCREAMED MASTER ANTONIO...... 23
GEPPETTO RUSHED AFTER PINOCCHIO ......................... 29
THE CHICKEN SPREAD ITS WINGS AND FLEW AWAY............ 37
THE WIND WHISTLED ANGRILY. ............................. 40
LITTLE BY LITTLE HIS FEET BURNED AWAY ................... 41
"I CANNOT STAND," SOBBED PINOCCHIO ...................... 44
HE MADE PINOCCHIO A SUIT OF CLOTHES FROM SOME WALL-
PAPER THAT WAS COVERED WITH PRETTY FLOWERS ....... 47
PINOCCHIO ATE THE FIRST PEAR IN TWO MOUTHFULS ......... 49
PINOCCHIO SOLD HIS BOOK FOR TWOPENCE .................... 58
THE AUDIENCE LAUGHED AT HARLEQUIN AND PUNCHINELLO.... 60
THE PUPPETS CARRIED PINOCCHIO ON THEIR SHOULDERS ....... 62
PINOCCHIO PULLED OUT THE MONEY THAT FIRE EATER HAD
G IVEN H IM .............................................. 65
PINOCCHIO DREAMED THAT HE WAS PICKING GOLD PIECES .... 79
PINOCCHIO RAN FOR HIS LIFE ......... ..................... 88
THE POODLE WALKED ON His HIND LEGS .................... 92
PINOCCHIO'S NOSE IMMEDIATELY GREW LONGER ................ 102
THE FOX AND THE CAT CAME OUT ON TO THE ROAD ......... 105
"HAVE PATIENCE," REJOINED THE PARROT .................... 107
PINOCCHIO WAS CAUGHT IN THE TRAP ........................ 121
A MASON CARRYING A BASKET OF LIME, PASSED DOWN THE ROAD 144
"DRINK, MY BOY, IF YOU WISH To," SAID THE LITTLE WOMAN 149
THE BOYS PLAYED HIM ALL SORTS OF TRICKS ................. 155
PINOCCHIO DEFENDED HIMSELF LIKE A HERO ................. 160
PINOCCHIO FOUND HIMSELF INCLOSED IN A GREAT NET ........ 170
10 LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
"WHAT A DELIGHTFUL COUNTRY!" EXCLAIMED PINOCCHIO...... 190
PINOCCHIO SAW A BIG SNAIL LOOKING OUT OF THE WINDOW... 191
THE MORE PINOCCHIO CRIED THE MORE HIS EARS GREW..... 202
PINOCCHIO UTTERED A CRY OF JOY .......................... 230
GIANGO TAUGHT PINOCCHIO HOW TO TURN THE PUMPING
M ACHINE............................................... 233
OF course you know that in the good old Once-
Upon-a-Time Tales of people who live in the
Distant Country on the shores of the Far-off
Sea, the strangest things always happen. So you
will not be surprised at the strange things that
happened to Pinocchio, for his is one of the Once-
Upon-a-Time stories, too. It must be, because
nearly everyone who tells it to someone else begins
"Once upon a time in a country across the sea
lived an old man. He was a kindly old soul, but he
was very lonely without a son to comfort him in his
old age. But one morning-"
Now when this point is reached, the story be-
comes Pinocchio's story, one of the most delightful
and amazing stories that ever happened in those
No passer-by nor neighbor would ever have ex-
pected anything remarkable to happen in Geppetto's
poor little cottage. Yet remarkable things can
happen in humble cottages as easily as in great
castles, or in glittering palaces. Moreover, they hap-
pen when you least expect them, or when you have
given up expecting. Now that was the way with
Old Geppetto when, one day, he took to carving a
bit of wood, for that was the beginning of Pinoc-
chio and his story.
In less than two minutes after you have begun to
read, you will find yourself borne off to the Distant
Country on the shores of the Far-off Sea, and in the
midst of the strange happenings that befell queer
little Pinocchio, from the moment he appeared so
unexpectedly in Geppetto's kitchen.
You will find yourself dancing madly on the
stage of the "Great Puppet Theater," with the
troupe of little puppets. You will shiver with them
at the loud voice of the showman, a master who
thinks little or nothing of casting a puppet into the
fire, to hasten the preparation of his evening meal.
You will meet with animals who talk and act
like human beings-the funny old Snail, the Cat and
the Fox, the Dogfish, and the Talking Cricket. With
fear-haunted eyes you will search the blackness of
the midnight hour for the treacherous hand of the
Assassin who craves Pinocchio's life, and listen with
anxious ears for the stealthy tread of the Highwaymen
who desire his golden treasure. You will be ever
alert for the sound of the Fairy's friendly voice, and
for a glimpse of her gentle face.
You will ride away in a coach drawn by twelve
pairs of donkeys down to the Land of Boobies, and
play and play and play, until the thing you do not
After a time you will sit, breathless, under the
great circus tent, and watch Pinocchio, in his new
donkey's-skin coat, go through his tricks to the
crack of the ring-master's whip. You will clap louder
than all the rest as he bows his head low in answer to
the applause of the multitude. Then, when the day
comes that the flap of the circus tent closes behind
him forever, you will grieve with him, and walk be-
side him in mute companionship, as he toils away
at his dull new task.
You will wait in fear and trembling, to see him
emerge from his long stay in the watery bed into which
his new master has dropped him. You will rejoice
when he is drawn to the surface, and laughs up at
you his same funny little self. You will answer his
beckoning finger, and plunge fearlessly into the Far-
off Sea, and swim beside him to the place "he knows
At last you will come with him to the end of his
journey-we won't tell you what it is-but the
headstrong Pinocchio does reach an ending that you
will want to see.
When you find yourself back in your own home,
you will find that you cannot forget little Pinocchio.
Dozens of things every day will keep you from doing
so. He will remind you of some of the boys-and
some of the girls-whom you see every day, and they
will remind you of him. You will always be glad that
you met him, and you will be better because of it.
THE ADVENTURES OF
How It Came to Pass That Master Cherry the Carpenter Found
a Piece of Wood That Laughed and Cried Like a Child
T HERE was once upon a time ...
"A king!" my little readers will instantly
No, children, you are wrong. There was once
upon a time a piece of wood.
This wood was not valuable; it was only a common
log like those that are burned in winter in the stoves
and fireplaces to make a cheerful blaze and warm
I cannot say how it came about, but the fact is
that one fine day this piece of wood was lying in the
shop of an old carpenter of the name of Master An-
tonio. He was, however, called by everybody Master
Cherry, on account of the end of his nose, which was
always as red and polished as a ripe cherry.
No sooner had Master Cherry set eyes on the piece
of wood than his face beamed with delight; and, rub-
bing his hands together with satisfaction, he said
softly to himself:
16 THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
"This wood has come at the right moment; it will
just do to make the leg of a little table."
Having said this, he immediately took a sharp ax
with which to remove the bark and the rough surface.
Just, however, as he was going to give the first stroke
he remained with his arm suspended in the air, for he
MASTER CHERRY STRUCK THE WOOD A TREMENDOUS BLOW
heard a very small voice saying imploringly, "Do
not strike me so hard!"
Picture to yourselves the astonishment of good
old Master Cherry!
He turned his terrified eyes all round the room to
try to discover where the little voice could possibly
THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO 17
have come from, but he saw nobody! He looked
under the bench-nobody; he looked into a cupboard
that was always shut-nobody; he looked into a bas-
ket of shavings and sawdust-nobody; he even opened
the door of the shop and gave a glance into the
street-and still nobody. Who, then, could it be?
"I see how it is," he said, laughing and scratching
his wig, "evidently that little voice was all my imag-
ination. Let us set to work again."
And taking up the ax he struck a tremendous blow
on the piece of wood.
"Oh! oh! you have hurt me!" cried the same little
This time Master Cherry was petrified. His eyes
started out of his head with fright, his mouth re-
mained open, and his tongue hung out almost to the
end of his chin, like a mask on a fountain. As soon
as he had recovered the use of his speech, he began
to say, stuttering and trembling with fear:
"But where on earth can that little voice have
come from that said, 'Oh! oh!'? Here there is
certainly not a living soul. Is it possible that this
piece of wood can have learned to cry and to lament
like a child? I cannot believe it. This piece of
wood-here it is; a log for fuel like all the others, and
thrown on the fire it would about suffice to boil a
saucepan of beans. How then? Can any one be
hidden inside it? If any one is hidden inside, so much
the worse for him. I will settle him at once."
18 THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
So saying, he seized the poor piece of wood and
commenced beating it without mercy against the walls
of the room.
Then he stopped and listened to see if he could hear
any little voice lamenting. He waited two minutes-
nothing; five minutes-nothing; ten minutes-still
"I see how it is," he then said, forcing himself to
laugh and pushing up his wig; "evidently the little
voice that said, 'Oh! oh!' was all my imagination!
Let us set to work again."
But as all the same he was in a great fright, he tried
to sing to give himself a little courage.
Putting the ax aside, he took his plane, to plane
and polish the bit of wood; but whilst he was running
it up and down, he heard the same little voice say,
"Have done! you are tickling me all over!"
This time poor Master Cherry fell down as if he
had been struck by lightning. When he at last
opened his eyes he found himself seated on the floor.
His face was quite changed, even the end of his
nose, instead of being crimson, as it was nearly al-
ways, had become blue from fright.
Master Cherry Makes a Present of the Piece of Wood to His
Friend Geppetto, Who Takes It to Make for Himself a
Wonderful Puppet, That Shall Know How to Dance and
to Fence and to Leap Like an Acrobat.
A that moment someone knocked at the door.
"Come in," said the carpenter, without
having the strength to rise to his feet.
A lively little old man immediately walked into the
shop. His name was Geppetto, but when the boys
of the neighborhood wished to put him in a passion
they called him by the nickname of Polendina,' be-
cause his yellow wig greatly resembled a pudding
made of Indian corn.
Geppetto was very fiery. Woe to him who called
him Polendina! He became furious, and there was
no holding him.
"Good day, Master Antonio," said Geppetto;
"what are you doing there on the floor?"
"I am teaching the alphabet to the ants."
"Much good may that do you."
"What has brought you to me, neighbor Gep-
My legs. But to say the truth, Master Antonio,
I am come to ask a favor of you."
1Polendina. In Italian, pudding of Indian corn.
20 THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
"Here I am, ready to serve you," replied the car-
penter, getting on to his knees.
"This morning an idea came into my head."
"Let us hear it."
"I thought I would make a beautiful wooden pup-
pet; but a wonderful puppet that should know how to
dance, to fence, and to leap like an acrobat. With
this puppet I would travel about the world to earn a
piece of bread and a glass of wine. What do you
think of it?"
"Bravo, Polendina!" exclaimed the same little
voice, and it was impossible to say where it came
Hearing himself called Polendina, Geppetto be-
came as red as a turkey cock from rage, and turning
to the carpenter he said in a fury, "Why do you in-
"Who insults you?"
"You called me Polendina!"
"It was not I!"
"Would you have it, then, that it was I? It was
you, I say!"
And becoming more and more angry, from words
they came to blows, and flying at each other they bit
and fought and scratched manfully.
Ti 5'I~g-: ;--I
THE PIECE OF WOOD STRUCK GEPPETTO A TERRIBLE BLOW
THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO 23
When the fight was over, Master Antonio was in
possession of Geppetto's yellow wig, and Geppetto
discovered that the gray wig belonging to the car-
penter had remained between his teeth.
"Give me back my wig," screamed Master Anto-
you, return me mine, and let us make
"GIvE ME BACK MY WIG," SCREAMED MASTER ANTONIO
The two old men, having each recovered his own
wig, shook hands, and swore that they would remain
friends to the end of their lives.
"Well then, neighbor Geppetto," said the carpen-
ter, to prove that peace was made, "what is the favor
that you wish of me?"
"I want a little wood to make my puppet; will
you give me some?"
24 THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
Master Antonio was delighted, and he imme-
diately went to the bench and brought the piece of
wood that had caused him so much fear. But just
as he was going to give it to his friend the piece of
wood gave a shake, and wriggling violently out of his
hands struck with all its force against the dried-up
shins of poor Geppetto.
"Ah! is that the courteous way in which you make
your presents, Master Antonio? You have almost
"I swear to you that it was not I!"
"Then you would have it that it was I?"
"The wood is entirely to blame!"
"I know that it was the wood; but it was you that
hit my legs with it!"
"I did not hit you with it!"
"Geppetto, don't insult me or I will call you Po-
On hearing himself called Polendina for the third
time Geppetto, blind with rage, fell upon the carpen-
ter and they fought desperately.
When the battle was over, Master Antonio had
THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO 25
two more scratches on his nose, and his adversary
had two buttons too few on his waistcoat. Their ac-
counts being thus squared, they shook hands, and
swore to remain good friends for the rest of their lives.
Geppetto carried off his fine piece of wood and,
thanking Master Antonio, returned limping to his
Geppetto Having Returned Home Begins at Once to Make a
Puppet, to Which He Gives the Name of Pinocchio.
The First Tricks Played by the Puppet
G EPPETTO lived in a small ground-floor room
that was lighted only from the staircase. The
furniture could not have been simpler-a bad
chair, a poor bed, and a broken-down table. At the
end of the room there was a fireplace with a lighted
fire; but the fire was painted, and by the fire was a
painted saucepan that was boiling cheerfully, and
sending out a cloud of painted smoke that looked ex-
actly like real smoke.
As soon as he reached home Geppetto took his
tools and set to work to cut out and model his puppet.
"What name shall I give him? he said to himself.
"I think I will call him Pinocchio. It is a name that
will bring him luck. I once knew a whole family so
called. There was Pinocchio the father, Pinocchia
the mother, and Pinocchi the children, and all of them
did well. The richest of them was a beggar."
Having found a name for his puppet he began to
work in good earnest, and he first made his hair, then
his forehead, and then his eyes.
When the eyes were finished, imagine his astonish-
THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO 27
ment when he perceived that they moved and looked
fixedly at him.
Geppetto, seeing himself stared at by those two
wooden eyes, took it almost in bad part, and said in
an angry voice:
"Wicked wooden eyes, why do you look at me?"
No one answered.
He then proceeded to carve the nose; but no sooner
had he made it than it began to grow. And it grew,
and grew, and grew, until in a few minutes it had be-
come an immense nose that seemed as if it would never
Poor Geppetto tired himself out with cutting it off;
but the more he cut and shortened it. the longer did
that impertinent nose become!
The mouth was not even completed when it began
to laugh and deride him.
"Stop laughing!" said Geppetto, provoked; but
he might as well have spoken to the wall.
"Stop laughing, I say!" he roared in a threaten-
The mouth then ceased laughing, but put out its
tongue as far as it would go.
Geppetto, not to spoil his handiwork, pretended
not to see, and continued his labors. After the mouth
he fashioned the chin, then the throat, then the shoul-
ders, the stomach, the arms, and the hands.
The hands were scarcely finished when Geppetto
felt his wig snatched from his head. He turned
28 THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
round, and what did he see? He saw his yellow wig
in the puppet's hand.
"Pinocchio! Give me back my wig instant-
But Pinocchio, instead of returning it, put it on
his own head, and was in consequence nearly smoth-
Geppetto, at this insolent and derisive behavior,
felt sadder and more melancholy than he had ever
been in his life before; and turning to Pinocchio he
said to him:
"You young rascal! You are not yet completed,
and you are already beginning to show want of re-
spect to your father! That is bad, my boy, very bad!"
And he dried a tear.
The legs and the feet remained to be done.
When Geppetto had finished the feet, he received
a kick on the point of his nose.
"I deserve it!" he said to himself; "I should have
thought of it sooner! Now it is too late!"
He then took the puppet under the arms and
placed him on the floor to teach him to walk.
Pinocchio's legs were stiff and he could not move,
but Geppetto led him by the hand and showed him
how to put one foot before the other.
When his legs became flexible, Pinocchio began to
walk by himself and to run about the room; until,
having gone out of the house door, he jumped into
the street and escaped.
THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO 29
Poor Geppetto rushed after him, but was not able
to overtake him, for that rascal Pinocchio leaped in
front of him like a hare, and knocking his wooden
feet together against the pavement made as much
clatter as twenty pairs of peasants' clogs.
"Stop him! stop him!" shouted Geppetto; but
the people in the street, seeing a wooden puppet
running like a racehorse, stood still in astonishment
GEPPETTO RUSHED ArEB PINOCCmo
to look at it, and laughed, and laughed, and laughed,
until it beats description.
At last, as good luck would have it, a carabineer
arrived who, hearing the uproar, imagined that a colt
had escaped from his master. Planting himself cour-
ageously with his legs apart in the middle of the road,
he waited with the determined purpose of stopping
him, and thus preventing the chance of worse dis-
When Pinocchio, still at some distance, saw the
30 THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
carabineer barricading the whole street, he endeavored
to take him by surprise and to pass between his legs.
But he failed signally.
The carabineer, without disturbing himself in the
least, caught him cleverly by the nose-it was an im-
mense nose of ridiculous proportions that seemed
made on purpose to be laid hold of by carabineers-
and consigned him to Geppetto. Wishing to punish
him, Geppetto intended to pull his ears at once. But
imagine his feelings when he could not find them.
And do you know the reason? It was that, in his
hurry to model him, he had forgotten to make them.
He then took him by the collar, and as he was lead-
ing him away he said to him, shaking his head threat-
We will go home at once, and as soon as we arrive
we will regulate our accounts, never doubt it."
At this announcement Pinocchio threw himself on
the ground and would not take another step. In the
meanwhile a crowd of idlers and inquisitive people
began to assemble and to make a ring round them.
Some of them said one thing, some another.
"Poor puppet!" said several, "he is right not to
wish to return home! Who knows how Geppetto,
that bad old man, will beat him!"
And the others added maliciously:
"Geppetto seems a good man! but with boys he
is a regular tyrant! If that poor puppet is left in his
hands he is quite capable of tearing him in pieces!"
THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO 31
It ended in so much being said and done, that the
carabineer at last set Pinocchio at liberty and con-
ducted Geppetto to prison. The poor man, not being
ready with words to defend himself, cried like a calf,
and as he was being led away to prison sobbed out:
Wretched boy! And to think how I have labored
to make him a well-conducted puppet! But it serves
me right! I should have thought of it sooner!"
What happened afterwards is a story that really
is past all belief, but I will relate it to you in the
The Story of Pinocchio and the Talking Cricket, from Which
We See That Naughty Boys Cannot Endure to Be Cor-
rected by Those Who Know More Than They Do
WLL then, children, I must tell you that
while poor Geppetto was being taken to
prison for no fault of his, that imp Pinoc-
chio, finding himself free from the clutches of the cara-
bineer, ran off as fast as his legs could carry him.
That he might reach home the quicker he rushed
across the fields, and in his mad hurry he jumped
high banks, thorn hedges, and ditches full of water,
exactly as a kid or a rabbit would have done if pur-
sued by hunters.
Having arrived at the house, he found the street
door ajar. He pushed it open, went in, and having
secured the latch threw himself seated on the ground
and gave a great sigh of satisfaction.
But his satisfaction did not last long, for he heard
someone in the room who was saying,
"Who calls me?" said Pinocchio in a fright.
"It is I!"
Pinocchio turned round and saw a big cricket
crawling slowly up the wall.
"Tell me, Cricket, who may you be?"
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"I am the Talking Cricket, and I have lived in this
room a hundred years and more."
"Now, however, this room is mine," said the pup-
pet, "and if you would do me a pleasure, go away at
once, without even turning round."
"I will not go," answered the Cricket, "until I
have told you a great truth."
"Tell it me, then, and be quick about it."
"Woe to those boys who rebel against their pa-
rents, and run away capriciously from home. They
will never come to any good in the world, and sooner
or later they will repent bitterly."
"Sing away, Cricket, as you please, and as long
as you please. For me, I have made up my mind to
run away tomorrow at daybreak, because if I re-
main I shall not escape the fate of all other boys. I
shall be sent to school and shall be made to study
either by love or by force. To tell you in confidence,
I have no wish to learn; it is much more amusing to
run after butterflies, or to climb trees and to take
the young birds out of their nests."
"Poor little goose! Do you not know that in
that way you will grow up a perfect donkey, and that
everyone will make game of you?"
"Hold your tongue, you wicked ill-omened
croaker!" shouted Pinocchio.
But the Cricket, who was patient and philo-
sophical, instead of becoming angry at this imperti-
nence, continued in the same tone:
34 THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
"If you do not wish to go to school why not
at least learn a trade, if only to enable you to earn
honestly a piece of bread."
"Do you want me to tell you?" replied Pinocchio,
who was beginning to lose patience. "Among all
the trades in the world there is only one that really
takes my fancy."
"And that trade-what is it?"
"It is to eat, drink, sleep, and amuse myself, and
to lead a vagabond life from morning to night."
"As a rule," said the Talking Cricket with the
same composure, "all those who follow that trade
almost always end either in a hospital or in prison."
"Take care, you wicked ill-omened croaker! Woe
to you if I fly into a passion!"
"Poor Pinocchio! Really pity you!"
"Why do you pity me?"
"Because you are a puppet and, what is worse,
because you have a wooden head."
At these words Pinocchio jumped up in a rage,
and snatching a wooden hammer from the bench he
threw it at the Talking Cricket.
Perhaps he never meant to hit him; but unfortu-
nately it struck him exactly on the head, so that the
poor Cricket had scarcely breath to cry cri-cri-cri, and
then he remained dried up and flattened against the
Pinocchio Is Hungry and Searches for an Egg to Make
Himself an Omelet; but Just at the Most Interesting
Moment the Omelet Flies Out of the Window
N IGHT was coming on, and Pinocchio, remem-
bering that he had eaten nothing all day,
began to feel a gnawing in his stomach that
very much resembled appetite.
But appetite with boys travels quickly, and in
fact, after a few minutes his appetite had become
hunger, and in no time his hunger became ravenous
-a hunger that was really quite insupportable.
Poor Pinocchio ran quickly to the fireplace where
a saucepan was boiling, and was going to take off the
lid to see what was in it, but the saucepan was only
painted on the wall. You can imagine his feelings.
His nose, which was already long, become longer by
at least three fingers.
He then began to run about the room, searching
in the drawers and in every imaginable place, in
hopes of finding a bit of bread. If it was only a bit of
dry bread, a crust, a bone left by a dog, a little moldy
pudding of Indian corn, a fish bone, a cherry stone-
in fact, anything that he could gnaw. But he could
find nothing, nothing at all, absolutely nothing.
36 THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
In the meanwhile his hunger grew and grew; and
poor Pinocchio had no other relief than yawning,
and his yawns were so tremendous that sometimes
his mouth almost reached his ears. And after he
had yawned he spluttered, and felt as if he was going
Then he began to cry desperately, and he said:
"The Talking Cricket was right. I did wrong to
rebel against my papa and to run away from home.
. If my papa were here I should not now be dying
of yawning! Oh! what a dreadful illness hunger is!"
Just then he thought he saw something in the
dust heap-something round and white that looked
like a hen's egg. To give a spring and seize hold of
it was the affair of a moment. It was indeed an egg.
Pinocchio's joy beats description; it can only be
imagined. Almost believing it must be a dream, he
kept turning the egg over in his hands, feeling it and
kissing it. And as he kissed it he said:
"And now, how shall I cook it? Shall I make an
omelet? No, it would be better to cook it in a
saucer! Or would it not be more savory to fry
it in the frying pan? Or shall I simply boil it? No,
the quickest way of all is to cook it in a saucer; I am
in such a hurry to eat it!"
Without loss of time he placed an earthenware
saucer on a brazier full of red-hot embers. Into the
saucer instead of oil or butter he poured a little water;
and when the water began to smoke, tac! he
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broke the eggshell over it that the contents might
drop in. But instead of the white and the yolk a little
chicken popped out, very gay and polite. Making a
beautiful courtesy, it
said to him:
thanks, Master Pinoc-
chio, for saving me the
trouble of breaking the
shell. Adieu until we
meet again. Keep
well, and my best
compliments to all at
Thus saying it
spread its wings,
darted through the
open window, and fly-
ing. away was lost to
The poor puppet
stood as if he had
been bewitched, with
j b i THi CHICKEN SPREAD ITS WINGS AND FLEW
his eyes fixed, his AWAY
mouth open, and the
eggshell in his hand. Recovering, however, from his
first stupefaction, he began to cry and scream, and to
stamp his feet on the floor in desperation, and amidst
his sobs he said:
38 THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
"Ah! indeed the Talking Cricket was right. If I
had not run away from home, and if my papa were
here, I should not now be dying of hunger! Oh!
what a dreadful illness hunger is!"
And as his stomach cried out more than ever and
he did not know how to quiet it, he thought he would
leave the house and make an excursion in the neigh-
borhood in hopes of finding some charitable person
who would give him a piece of bread.
Pinocchio Falls Asleep with His Feet on the Brazier, and
Wakes in the Morning to Find Them Burned Off
IT was a wild and stormy winter's night. The
thunder was tremendous and the lightning so
vivid that the sky seemed on fire. A bitter, blus-
terous wind whistled angrily, raising clouds of dust
over the country, and causing the trees to creak and
groan as it passed.
Pinocchio had a great fear of thunder, but hunger
was stronger than fear. He therefore closed the
house door and made a rush for the village. He
reached it in a hundred bounds, with his tongue hang-
ing out and panting for breath, like a dog after game.
But he found it all dark and deserted. The shops
were closed, the windows shut, and there was not so
much as a dog in the street. It seemed the land of
Pinocchio, urged by desperation and hunger, laid
hold of the bell of a house and began to peal it with
all his might, saying to himself:
"That will bring somebody."
And so it did. A little old man with a nightcap
on his head appeared at a window and called to
40 THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
"What do you want at such an hour?"
"Would you be kind enough to give me a little
"Wait there, I will be back directly," said the
little old man, thinking he had to do with one of
THE WIND WHISTLED ANGRILY
those rascally boys who amuse themselves at night
by ringing the house bells to rouse respectable people
who are sleeping quietly. After half a minute the
THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO 41
window was again opened, and the voice of the same
little old man shouted to Pinocchio:
"Come underneath and hold out your cap."
Pinocchio pulled off his cap; but just as he held it
out, an enormous basin of water was poured down
on him, watering him from head to foot as if he had
been a pot of dried-up geraniums.
LrrTLE BY LITrLE HIS FEET BURNED AWAY
He returned home like a wet chicken quite ex-
hausted with fatigue and hunger. As he no longer
had strength to stand, he sat down and rested his
damp and muddy feet on a brazier full of burning
Then he fell asleep; and while he slept his feet,
which were wooden, took fire, and little by little they
burned away and became cinders.
Pinocchio continued to sleep and to snore as if
his feet belonged to someone else. At last about
42 THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
daybreak he awoke because someone was knocking
at the door.
"Who is there?" he asked, yawning and rubbing
"It is I!" answered a voice.
And the voice was Geppetto's voice.
Geppetto Returns Home, Makes the Puppet New Feet, and
Gives Him the Breakfast That the Poor Man Had
Brought for Himself
POOR Pinocchio, whose eyes were still half shut
from sleep, had not as yet discovered that his
feet were burned off. The moment, therefore,
that he heard his father's voice, he slipped off his
stool to run and open the door; but after stumbling
two or three times he fell his whole length on the floor.
The noise he made in falling was as if a sack of
wooden ladles had been thrown from a fifth story.
"Open the door!" shouted Geppetto from the
"Dear Papa, I cannot," answered the puppet,
crying and rolling about on the ground.
"Why can't you?"
"Because my feet have been eaten."
"And who has eaten your feet?"
"The cat," said Pinocchio, seeing the cat, who
was amusing herself by making some shavings dance
with her forepaws.
"Open the door, I tell you!" repeated Geppetto.
"If you don't, when I get into the house you shall
have the cat from me!"
44 THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
"I cannot stand up, believe me. Oh, poor me!
poor me! I shall have to walk on my knees for the
rest of my life!"
Geppetto, believing that all this lamentation was
only another of the puppet's tricks, thought of a
means of putting an end to it, and climbing up the
wall, he got in at the window.
"I CANNOT STAND," SOBBED PINOCCuIO
He was very angry, and at first he did nothing
but scold; but when he saw his Pinocchio lying on the
ground and really without feet, he was quite over-
come. He took him in his arms and began to kiss
and caress him and to say a thousand endearing
things to him, and as the big tears ran down his
cheeks, he said, sobbing:
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"My little Pinocchio! how did you manage to
burn your feet?"
"I don't know, Papa, but believe me it has been
an infernal night that I shall remember as long as I
live. It thundered and lightened, and I was very
hungry. And then the Talking Cricket said to me,
'It serves you right; you have been wicked and you
deserve it,' and I said to him, 'Take care, Cricket!'
and he said, 'You are a puppet and you have a
wooden head.' So I threw the handle of a hammer at
him, and he died.
"But the fault was his, for I didn't wish to kill
him, and the proof of it is that I put an earthenware
saucer on a brazier of burning embers, but a chicken
flew out and said, 'Adieu until we meet again, and
many compliments to all at home.'
"And I got still more hungry, for which reason
that little old man in a nightcap opening the window
said to me, 'Come underneath and -hold out your
hat.' Then he poured a basinful of water on my
head. Asking for a little bread isn't a disgrace, is
it? So I returned home at once, and because I was
always very hungry I put my feet on the brazier to
dry them. Then you returned, and I found they
were burnt off, and I am always hungry, but I have
no longer any feet! Ih! Ih! Ih! Ih! .. ."
Then poor Pinocchio began to cry and to roar
so loudly that he was heard five miles off.
Geppetto, who from all this jumbled account had
46 THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
understood only one thing, which was that the pup-
pet was dying of hunger, drew from his pocket three
pears, and giving them to him, said,
"These three pears were intended for my break-
fast; but I will give them to you willingly. Eat them,
and I hope they will do you good."
"If you wish me to eat them, be kind enough to
peel them for me."
"Peel them?" said Geppetto, astonished. "I
should never have thought, my boy, that you were so
dainty and fastidious. That is bad! In this world
we should accustom ourselves from childhood to like
and to eat everything, for there is no saying to what
we may be brought. There are so many chances!..."
"You are, no doubt, right," interrupted Pinoc-
chio, "but I will never eat fruit that has not been
peeled. I cannot bear rind."
So that good Geppetto fetched a knife, and arm-
ing himself with patience peeled the three pears, and
put the rind on a corner of the table.
Having eaten the first pear in two mouthfuls, Pi-
nocchio was about to throw away the core; but Gep-
petto caught hold of his arm and said to him,
"Do not throw it away; in this world everything
may be of use."
"But the core I am determined I will not eat,"
shouted the puppet, turning upon him like a viper.
"Who knows! there are so many chances! ."
repeated Geppetto without losing his temper.
HE MADE PINOCCmO A SUIT OF CLOTHES FROM SOME WALL-PAPER
THAT WAS COVERED WITH PRETTY FLOWERS
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THA WS OVEEDWIH RETY LOER
THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO 49
And so the three cores, instead of being thrown
out of the window, were placed on the corner of the
table together with the three rinds.
When he had eaten, or rather devoured the three
pears, Pinocchio yawned tremendously, and then said
in a fretful tone:
PiNoccmo A'rm mm FIRsT PEAR iN Two MoummT s
"I am as hungry as ever!"
"But, my boy, I have nothing more to give you!"
"Nothing, really nothing?"
"I have only the rind and the cores of the three
50 THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
"One must have patience!" said Pinocchio; "if
there is nothing else I will eat a rind."
And he began to chew it. At first he made a wry
face; but he quickly disposed of the rinds one after
another: and after the rinds even the cores. When
he had eaten up everything he clapped his hands on
his sides in his satisfaction, and said joyfully:
"Ah! now I feel comfortable."
"You see now," observed Geppetto, "that I was
right when I said to you that it did not do to accustom
ourselves to be too particular or too dainty in our
tastes. We can never know, my dear boy, what may
happen to us. There are so many chances! ."
Geppetto Makes Pinocchio New Feet, and Sells His Own
Coat to Buy Him a Spelling Book
NO sooner had the puppet appeased his hunger
than he began to cry and to grumble because
he wanted a pair of new feet.
But Geppetto, to punish him for his naughtiness,
allowed him to cry and to despair for half the day.
He then said to him:
"Why should I make you new feet? To enable
you, perhaps, to escape again from home?"
"I promise you," said the puppet, sobbing, "that
for the future I will be good."
All boys," replied Geppetto, when they are bent
upon obtaining something, say the same thing."
"I promise you that I will go to school, and that
I will study and earn a good character."
"All boys, when they are bent on obtaining some-
thing, repeat the same story."
"But I am not like other boys! I am better than
all of them and I always speak the truth. I promise
you, Papa, that I will learn a trade, and that I will
be the consolation and the staff of your old age."
Geppetto, although he put on a severe face, had
his eyes full of tears and his heart big with sorrow at
52 THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
seeing his poor Pinocchio in such a pitiable state.
He did not say another word, but taking his tools
and two small pieces of well-seasoned wood he set
to work with great diligence.
In less than an hour the feet were finished-two
little feet, swift, well-knit, and nervous. They might
have been modeled by an artist or genius.
Geppetto then said to the puppet:
"Shut your eyes and go to sleep!"
So Pinocchio shut his eyes and pretended to be
Now while he pretended to sleep, Geppetto, with a
little glue which he had melted in an eggshell, fastened
his feet in their place, and it was so well done that not
even a trace could be seen of where they were joined.
No sooner had the puppet discovered that he had
feet, than he jumped down from the table on which
he was lying, and began to spring and to cut a thou-
sand capers about the room, as if he had gone mad
with the greatness of his delight.
"To reward you for what you have done for me,"
said Pinocchio to his father, "I will go to school at
"But to go to school I must have some clothes."
Geppetto, who was poor, and who had not so
much as a farthing in his pocket, then made him a
little dress of flowered paper, a pair of shoes from the
bark of a tree, and a cap of the crumb of bread.
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Pinocchio ran immediately to look at himself in
a crock of water, and he was so pleased with his ap-
pearance that he said, strutting about like a peacock,
"I look quite like a gentleman!"
"Yes indeed," answered Geppetto, "for bear in
mind that it is not fine clothes that make the gentle-
man, but clean clothes."
"By the by," added the puppet, "to go to school
I am still in want-indeed I am without the best
thing, and the most important."
"And what is it?"
"I have no spelling book."
"You are right; but what shall we do to get one?"
"It is quite easy. We have only to go to the book-
seller's and buy it."
"And the money?"
"I have none."
"No more have I," added the good old man very
And Pinocchio, although he was a very merry boy,
became sad also; because poverty, when it is real
poverty, is understood by everybody-even by boys.
"Well, patience!" exclaimed Geppetto, all at once
rising to his feet. Putting on his old fustian coat,
all patched and darned, he ran out of the house.
He returned shortly, holding in his hand a spelling
book for Pinocchio, but the old coat was gone. The
poor man was in his shirt sleeves, and out of doors it
54 THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
"And the coat, Papa?"
"I have sold it."
"Why did you sell it?"
"Because I found it too hot."
Pinocchio understood this answer in an instant,
and unable to restrain the impulse of his good heart,
he sprang up, and throwing his arms round Gep-
petto's neck he kissed him again and again.
Pinocchio Sells His Spelling Book That He May Go to See
a Puppet Show
W HEN it had done snowing Pinocchio set out
for school with his fine spelling book under
his arm. As he went along, he began to
imagine a thousand things in his little brain, and to
build a thousand castles in the air, one more beau-
tiful than the other.
And talking to himself he said:
"Today at school I will learn to read at once;
then tomorrow I will begin to write, and the day af-
ter tomorrow to cipher. Then with my acquire-
ments I will earn a great deal of money, and with the
first money I have in my pocket I will immediately
buy for my papa a beautiful new cloth coat. But
what am I saying? Cloth, indeed! It shall be all
made of gold and silver, and it shall have diamond
buttons. That poor man really deserves it; for to
buy me books and have me taught, he has remained
in his shirt sleeves. And in this cold! It is only
fathers who are capable of such sacrifices!"
While he was saying this with great emotion, he
thought that he heard music in the distance that
56 THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
sounded like fifes and the beating of a big drum:
fi-fi-fi, fi-fi-fi, zum, zum, zum, zum.
He stopped and listened. The sounds came from
the end of a cross street that led to a little village on
"What can that music be? What a pity that I
have to go to school."
And he remained irresolute. It was, however,
necessary to come to a decision. Should he go to
school? Or should he go after the fifes?
"Today I will go and hear the fifes, and to-
morrow I will go to school," finally decided the
young scapegrace, shrugging his shoulders.
The more he ran, the nearer came the sounds of
the fifes and the beating of the big drum: fi-fi-fi, zum,
zum, zum, zum.
At last he found himself in the middle of a square
quite full of people, who were all crowding round a
building made of wood and canvas, and painted a
"What is that building?" asked Pinocchio, turn-
ing to a little boy who belonged to the place.
"Read the placard-it is all written-and then
you will know."
"I would read it willingly, but it so happens that
today I don't know how to read."
"Bravo, blockhead! Then I will read it to you.
The writing on that placard in those letters red as
THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO 57
'GREAT PUPPET THEATER"'
"Has the play begun long?"
"It is beginning now."
"How much does it cost to go in?"
Pinocchio, who was in a fever of curiosity, lost all
control of himself, and without any shame he said to
the little boy to whom he was talking:
"Would you lend me twopence until tomorrow?"
"I would lend them to you willingly," said the
other, taking him off, "but it so happens that today
I cannot give them to you."
"I will sell you my jacket for twopence," the pup.
pet then said to him.
"What do you think that I could do with a
jacket of flowered paper? If there was rain and it got
wet, it would be impossible to get it off my back."
"Will you buy my shoes?"
"They would only be of use to light the fire."
"How much will you give me for my cap?"
"That would be a wonderful acquisition indeed!
A cap of bread crumb! There would be a risk of the
mice coming to eat it while it was on my head."
Pinocchio was on thorns. He was on the point of
making another offer, but he had not the courage.
He hesitated, felt irresolute and remorseful. At last
"Will you give me twopence for this new spelling
58 THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
"I am a boy and I don't buy from boys," replied
his little interlocutor, who had much more sense than
"I will buy the spelling book for twopence,"
called out a hawker of old clothes, who had been
listening to the conversation.
NoccM SOLD H Boo FOR TWOPEN -
PINOCCHIO SOLD HIS BOOK POR TWOPENCm
So the book was sold there and then. And to
think that poor Geppetto had remained at home trem-
bling with cold in his shirt sleeves, that he might buy
his son a spelling book!
The Puppets Recognize Their Brother Pinocchio, and Receive
Him with Delight; but at That Moment Their Master
Fire Eater Makes His Appearance and Pinocchio Is in
Danger of Coming to a Bad End
W HEN Pinocchio entered the little puppet
theater, an incident occurred that almost
produced a revolution.
I must tell you that the curtain was drawn up, and
the play had already begun.
On the stage Harlequin and Punchinello were as
usual quarreling with each other, and threatening
every moment to come to blows.
The audience, all attention, laughed till they were
ill as they listened to the bickerings of these two
puppets, who gesticulated and abused each other so
naturally that they might have been two reasonable
beings, and two persons of the world.
All at once Harlequin stopped short, and turning
to the public he pointed with his hand to someone
far down in the pit, and exclaimed in a dramatic
"Gods of the firmament! do I dream, or am I
awake? But surely that is Pinocchio!"
"It is indeed Pinocchio!" cried Punchinello.
60 THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
"It is indeed himself!" screamed Miss Rose, peep-
ing from behind the scenes.
THE AUDIENCE LAUGHED AT HARLEQUIN AND PUNCHINELLO
"It is Pinocchio! It is Pinocchio!" shouted all the
puppets in chorus, leading from all sides on to the
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stage. "It is Pinocchio! It is our brother Pinoc-
chio! Long live Pinocchio!"
"Pinocchio, come up here to me," cried Harlequin,
"and throw yourself into the arms of your wooden
At this affectionate invitation Pinocchio made a
leap from the end of the pit into the reserved seats.
Another leap landed him on the head of the leader
of the orchestra, and he then sprang upon the stage.
The embraces, the hugs, the friendly pinches, and
the demonstrations of warm, brotherly affection that
Pinocchio received from the excited crowd of actors
and actresses of the puppet dramatic company, beat
The sight was doubtless a moving one, but the
public in the pit, finding that the play was stopped,
became impatient, and began to shout, "We will
have the play-go on with the play!"
It was all breath thrown away. The puppets, in-
stead of continuing the recital, redoubled their noise
and outcries, and putting Pinocchio on their shoul-
ders, they carried him in triumph before the foot-
At that moment out came the showman. He was
very big, and so ugly that the sight of him was enough
to frighten any one. His beard was as black as ink,
and so long that it reached from his chin to the
ground. I need only say that he trod upon it when
he walked. His mouth was as big as an oven, and
62 THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
THE PUPPETS CARRIED PINocCHIo ON THEIR SHOULDERS
TIME ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO 63
his eyes were like two lanterns of red glass with
lights burning inside them. He carried a large whip
made of snakes and foxes' tails twisted together,
which he cracked constantly.
At his unexpected appearance there was a pro-
found silence; no one dared to breathe. A fly might
have been heard in the stillness. The poor puppets
of both sexes trembled like so many leaves.
Why have you come to raise a disturbance in my
theater?" asked the showman of Pinocchio, in the
gruff voice of a hobgoblin suffering from a severe
cold in the head.
"Believe me, honored sir, that it was not my
"That is enough! Tonight we will settle our ac-
As soon as the play was over, the showman went
into the kitchen where a fine sheep, preparing for his
supper, was turning slowly on the spit in front of the
fire. As there was not enough wood to finish roasting
and browning it, he called Harlequin and Punchinello,
and said to them:
"Bring that puppet here. You will find him
hanging on a nail. It seems to me that he is made of
very dry wood, and I am sure that if he was thrown
on the fire, he would make a beautiful blaze for the
At first Harlequin and Punchinello hesitated;
but, appalled by a severe glance from their master,
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they obeyed. In a short time they returned to the
kitchen carrying poor Pinocchio, who was wriggling
like an eel taken out of water, and screaming des-
perately: "Papa! Papa! save me! I will not die, I will
PINOCCHIO PULLED OUT THE MONEY THAT FIRE EATER HAD
The Showman, Fire Eater, Makes Pinocchio a Present of
Five Gold Pieces to Take Home to His Father, Geppetto;
but Pinocchio Instead Allows Himself to Be Taken in by
the Fox and the Cat, and Goes with Them
T ET E following day Fire Eater called Pinocchio
to one side and asked him:
"What is your father's name?"
"And what trade does he follow?"
"He is a beggar."
"Does he gain much?"
"Gain much? Why, he has never a penny in his
pocket. Only think, to buy a spelling book for me to
go to school he was obliged to sell the only coat he
had to wear-a coat that, between patches and darns,
was not fit to be seen."
"Poor fellow! I feel almost sorry for him! Here
are five gold pieces. Go at once and take them to
him with my compliments."
You can easily understand that Pinocchio thanked
the showman a thousand times. He embraced all the
puppets of the company one by one, even to the gen-
darmes. Then, beside himself with delight, he set out
to return home.
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But he had not gone far when he met on the road
a Fox lame of one foot, and a Cat blind of both eyes,
who were going along helping each other like good
companions in misfortune. The Fox,. who was lame,
walked leaning on the Cat, and the Cat, who was
blind, was guided by the Fox.
"Good day, Pinocchio," said the Fox, accosting
How do you come to know my name?" asked the
"I know your father well."
"Where did you see him?"
"I saw him yesterday at the door of his house."
"And what was he doing?"
"He was in his shirt sleeves and shivering with
"Poor Papa! But that is over; for the future he
shall shiver no more!"
"Because I am become a gentleman."
"A gentleman-you!" said the Fox, and he began
to laugh rudely and scornfully. The Cat also began
to laugh, but to conceal it she combed her whiskers
with her fore paws.
"There is little to laugh at," cried Pinocchio an-
grily. "I am really sorry to make your mouths
water, but if you know anything about it, you can see
that these are five gold pieces." And he pulled out
the money that Fire Eater had made him a present of.
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At the sympathetic ring of the money the Fox, with
an involuntary movement, stretched out the paw
that had seemed crippled, and the Cat opened wide
two eyes that looked like two green lanterns. It is
true that she shut them again, and so quickly that
Pinocchio observed nothing.
"And now," asked the Fox, "what are you going
to do with all that money?"
"First of all," answered the puppet, "I intend to
buy for my papa a new coat, made of gold and silver,
and with diamond buttons; and then I will buy a
spelling book for myself."
"Yes, indeed, for I wish to go to school to study
"Look at me!" said the Fox. "Through my
foolish passion for study I have lost a leg."
"Look at me!" said the Cat. "Through my
foolish passion for study I have lost the sight of
both my eyes."
At that moment a white Blackbird, that was
perched on the hedge by the road, began his usual
song, and said:
"Pinocchio, don't listen to the advice of bad com-
panions; if you do you will repent it!"
Poor Blackbird! If only he had not spoken! The
Cat, with a great leap, sprang upon him, and without
even giving him time to say Oh! ate him in a mouth-
ful, feathers and all.
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When she had eaten him and cleaned her mouth,
she shut her eyes again and feigned blindness as be-
"Poor Blackbird!" said Pinocchio to the Cat,
"why did you treat him so badly?"
"I did it to give him a lesson. He will learn an-
other time not to meddle in other people's conversa-
They had gone almost halfway when the Fox,
halting suddenly, said to the puppet:
"Would you like to double your money?"
"In what way?"
"Would you like to make out of your five miser-
able sovereigns, a hundred, a thousand, two thou-
"I should think so! but in what way?"
"The way is easy enough. Instead of returning
home you must go with us."
"And where do you wish to take me?"
"To the land of Owls."
Pinocchio reflected a moment, and then he said
"No, I will not go. I am already close to the
house, and I will return home to my papa who is
waiting for me. Who can tell how often the poor
old man must have sighed yesterday when I did not
come back! I have indeed been a bad son, and the
Talking Cricket was right when he said, 'Disobe-
dient boys never come to any good in the world.'
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I have found it to my cost, for many misfortunes
have happened to me. Even yesterday in Fire Eater's
house I ran the risk. Oh! it makes me shudder
even to think of it!"
"Well, then," said the Fox, "you are quite de-
cided to go home? Go, then, and so much the worse
"So much the worse for you!" repeated the Cat.
"Think well of it, Pinocchio, for you are giving a
kick to fortune."
"To fortune!" repeated the Cat.
"Between today and tomorrow your five sov-
ereigns would have become two thousand."
"Two thousand!" repeated the Cat.
"But how is it possible that they could become
so many?" asked Pinocchio, remaining with his
mouth open from astonishment.
"I will explain it to you at once," said the Fox.
"You must know that in the land of the Owls there
is a sacred field called by everybody the Field of
Miracles. In this field you must dig a little hole and
you must put into it, we will say, one gold sovereign.
You must then cover up the hole with a little earth,
and water it with two pails of water from the foun-
tain; then sprinkle it with two pinches of salt, and
when night comes you can go quietly to bed. In the
meanwhile, during the night, the gold piece will grow
and flower, and in the morning when you get up and
return to the field, what do you find? You find a
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beautiful tree laden with as many gold sovereigns
as a fine ear of corn has grains in the month of June."
And," said Pinocchio, more and more bewildered,
"supposing I buried my five sovereigns in that field,
how many should I find there the following morn-
"That is an exceedingly easy calculation," replied
the Fox; "a calculation that you can make on the
ends of your fingers. Suppose that every sovereign
gives you an increase of five hundred: multiply five
hundred by five, and the following morning will find
you with two thousand five hundred shining gold
pieces in your pocket."
"Oh! how delightful!" cried Pinocchio, dancing
for joy. "As soon as ever I have obtained those sov-
ereigns, I will keep two thousand for myself, and the
other five hundred I will make a present to you two."
"A present to us?" cried the Fox with indigna-
tion and appearing much offended. "What are you
"What are you dreaming of?" repeated the Cat.
"We do not work," said the Fox, "for dirty in-
terest; we work solely to enrich others."
"Others!" repeated the Cat.
"What good people!" thought Pinocchio to him-
self; and forgetting there and then his papa, the new
coat, the spelling book, and all his good resolutions,
he said to the Fox and the Cat:
"Let us be off at once. I will go with you."
Fire Eater Sneezes and Pardons Pinocchio, Who Then Saves
the Life of His Friend Harlequin
T HE showman Fire Eater-for that was his
name-looked, I must say, to be a terrible
man, especially with his black beard that cov-
ered his chest and legs like an apron. On the whole,
however, he had not a bad heart. In proof of this,
when he saw poor Pinocchio brought before him,
struggling and screaming, "I will not die, I will not
die!" he was quite moved and felt very sorry for him.
He tried to hold out, but after a little he could
stand it no longer and he sneezed violently. When
he heard the sneeze, Harlequin, who up to that mo-
ment had been in the deepest affliction, and bowed
down like a weeping willow, became quite cheerful, and
leaning toward Pinocchio he whispered to him softly:
Good news, brother. The showman has sneezed,
and that is a sign that he pities you, and conse-
quently you are saved."
For you must know that while most men, when
they feel compassion for somebody, either weep or at
least pretend to dry their eyes, Fire Eater, on the con-
trary, whenever he was really overcome, had the
habit of sneezing.
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After he had sneezed, the showman, still acting
the ruffian, shouted at Pinocchio:
"Have done crying! Your lamentations have
given me a pain in my stomach. I feel a spasm,
that almost Etci! etci!" and he sneezed again
"Bless you!" said Pinocchio.
"Thank you! And your papa and your mamma,
are they still alive?" asked Fire Eater.
"Papa, yes; my mamma I have never known."
"Who can say what a sorrow it would be for your
poor old father, if I was to have you thrown among
those burning coals! Poor old man! I compassion-
ate him! Etci! etci! etci!" and he sneezed again
"Bless you!" said Pinocchio.
"Thank you! All the same, some compassion is
due to me, for as you see, I have no more wood with
which to finish roasting my mutton, and to tell you
the truth, under the circumstances you would have
been of great use to me! However, I have had pity
on you, so I must have patience. Instead of you I
will burn under the spit one of the puppets belonging
to my company. Ho there, gendarmes!"
At this call two wooden gendarmes immediately
appeared. They were very long and very thin, and
had on cocked hats, and held unsheathed swords in
The showman said to them in a hoarse voice:
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"Take Harlequin, bind him securely, and then
throw him on the fire to burn. I am determined that
my mutton shall be well roasted."
Only imagine that poor Harlequin! His terror was
so great that his legs bent under him, and he fell with
his face on the ground.
At this agonizing sight Pinocchio, weeping bitterly,
threw himself at the showman's feet, and bathing his
long beard with his tears he began to say in a suppli-
"Have pity, Sir Fire Eater!"
"Here there are no sirs," the showman answered
"Have pity, Sir Knight!"
"Here there are no knights!"
"Have pity, Commander!"
"Here there are no commanders!"
"Have pity, Excellence!"
Upon hearing himself called Excellence the show-
man began to smile, and became at once kinder and
more tractable. Turning to Pinocchio, he asked:
"Well, what do you want from me?"
"I implore you to pardon poor Harlequin."
"For him there can be no pardon. As I have
spared you he must be put on the fire, for I am de-
termined that my mutton shall be well roasted."
"In that case," cried Pinocchio, proudly, rising
and throwing away his cap of bread crumb-"in
that case I know my duty. Come on, gendarmes!
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Bind me and throw me among the flames. No, it is
not just that poor Harlequin, my true friend, should
die for me!"
These words, pronounced in a loud, heroic voice,
made all the puppets who were present cry. Even
the gendarmes, although they were made of wood,
wept like two newly born lambs.
Fire Eater at first remained as hard and unmoved
as ice, but little by little he began to melt and to
sneeze. And having sneezed four or five times, he
opened his arms affectionately, and said to Pinoc-
"You are a good, brave boy! Come here and give
me a kiss."
Pinocchio ran at once, and climbing like a squirrel
up the showman's beard he deposited a hearty kiss
on the point of his nose.
"Then the pardon is granted?" asked poor Harle-
quin in a faint voice that was scarcely audible.
"The pardon is granted!" answered Fire Eater.
He then added, sighing and shaking his head:
"I must have patience! Tonight I shall have to
resign myself to eat the mutton half raw; but another
time, woe to him who chances! .. ."
At the news of the pardon the puppets all ran to
the stage, and having lighted the lamps and chande-
liers as if for a full-dress performance, they began to
leap and to dance merrily. At dawn they were still
The Inn of the Red Crawfish
EY walked, and walked, and walked, until
at last, toward evening, they arrived dead
tired at the inn of the Red Crawfish.
"Let us stop here a little," said the Fox, "that we
may have something to eat and rest ourselves for an
hour or two. We will start again at midnight, so as
to arrive at the Field of Miracles by dawn tomorrow
When they had gone into the inn they all three
sat down to table, but none of them had any appetite.
The Cat, who was suffering from indigestion and
feeling seriously indisposed, could only eat thirty-five
mullet with tomato sauce, and four portions of tripe
with Parmesan cheese; and because she thought the
tripe was not seasoned enough, she asked three times
for the butter and grated cheese!
The Fox also would willingly have picked a little,
but as his doctor had ordered him a strict diet, he
was forced to content himself simply with a hare
dressed with a sweet and sour sauce, and garnished
lightly with fat chickens and early pullets. After the
hare he sent for a made dish of partridges, rabbits,
frogs, lizards, and other delicacies; he could not
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touch anything else. He had such a disgust for food,
he said, that he could put nothing to his lips.
The one who ate the least was Pinocchio. He
asked for some walnuts and a hunch of bread, and left
everything on his plate. The poor boy, whose thoughts
were continually fixed on the Field of Miracles, had,
in anticipation, got an indigestion of gold pieces.
When they had supped, the Fox said to the host:
"Give us two good rooms, one for Mr. Pinocchio,
and the other for me and my companion. We will
snatch a little sleep before we leave. Remember,
however, that at midnight we wish to be called to
continue our journey."
"Yes, gentlemen," answered the host, and he
winked at the Fox and the Cat, as much as to say:
"I know what you are up to. We understand one
No sooner had Pinocchio gotten into bed than he
fell asleep and began to dream. And he dreamed that
he was in the middle of a field, and the field was full
of shrubs covered with clusters of gold sovereigns,
and as they swung in the wind they went zin, zin, zin,
almost as if they would say, "Let who will, come
and take us." But when Pinocchio was at the most
interesting moment, that is, just as he was stretching
out his hand to pick handfuls of those beautiful gold
pieces and to put them in his pocket, he was suddenly
wakened by three violent blows on the door of his
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It was the host who had come to tell him that mid-
night had struck.
"Are my companions ready?" asked the puppet.
"Ready! Why, they left two hours ago."
"Why were they in such a hurry?"
"Because the Cat had received a message to say
that her eldest kitten was ill with chilblains on his
feet, and was in danger of death."
PINoccHo DREAMED THAT HE WAS PICKING GOLD PIECEm
"Did they pay for the supper?"
"What are you thinking of? They are much too
well educated to dream of offering such an insult to
a gentleman like you."
"What a pity! It is an insult that would have
given me so much pleasure!" said Pinocchio, scratch-
ing his head. He then asked:
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"And where did my good friends say they would
wait for me?"
"At the Field of Miracles, tomorrow morning at
Pinocchio paid a sovereign for his supper and that
of his companions, and then left.
Outside the inn it was so pitch dark that he had
almost to grope his way, for it was impossible to see
a hand's breadth in front of him. In the adjacent
country not a leaf moved. Only some night birds,
flying across the road from one hedge to the other,
brushed Pinocchio's nose with their wings as they
passed, which caused him so much terror that, spring-
ing back, he shouted, "Who goes there?" and the
echo in the surrounding hills repeated in the distance:
"Who goes there? Who goes there? Who goes
As he was walking along, he saw a little insect
shining dimly on the trunk of a tree, like a night light
in a lamp of transparent china.
"Who are you?" asked Pinocchio.
"I am the ghost of the Talking Cricket," answered
the insect in a low voice, so weak and faint that it
seemed to come from the other world.
"What do you want with me?" said the puppet.
"I want to give you some advice. Go back, and
take the four sovereigns that you have left, to your
poor father who is weeping and in despair because
you have never returned to him."
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"By tomorrow my papa will be a gentleman, for
these four sovereigns will have become two thou-
"Don't trust, my boy, to those who promise to
make you rich in a day. Usually they are either mad
or rogues! Give ear to me, and go back."
"On the contrary, I am determined to go on."
"The hour is late!"
"I am determined to go on."
"The night is dark!"
"I am determined to go on."
"The road is dangerous!"
"I am determined to go on."
"Remember that boys who are bent on following
their caprices, and will have their own way, sooner or
later repent it."
"Always the same stories. Good-night, Cricket."
"Good-night, Pinocchio, and may Heaven pre-
serve you from dangers and from assassins."
No sooner had he said these words, than the Talk-
ing Cricket vanished suddenly like a light that has
been blown out, and the road became darker than
Pinocchio Is Robbed of His Money, and as a Punishment
He Is Sent to Prison for Four Months
T IHE puppet returned to the town and began
to count the minutes one by one; and when
he thought that it must be time he took the
road leading to the Field of Miracles.
And as he walked along with hurried steps his
heart beat fast tic, tac, tic, tac, like a drawing-room
clock when it is really going well. Meanwhile he was
thinking to himself:
"If instead of a thousand gold pieces, I was to
find on the branches of the tree two thousand?
And instead of two thousand supposing I found
five thousand? And instead of five thousand that I
found a hundred thousand? Oh! what a fine gentle,
man I should then become! I would have a
beautiful palace, a thousand little wooden horses,
and a thousand stables to amuse myself with, a
cellar full of currant wine and sweet sirups, and a
library quite full of candies, tarts, plum cakes, maca-
roons, and biscuits with cream."
While he was building these castles in the air he
had arrived in the neighborhood of the field, and he
stopped to see, if by chance, he could perceive a tree
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with its branches laden with money; but he saw
nothing. He advanced another hundred steps-
nothing. He entered the field; he went right up
to the little hole where he had buried his sovereigns
-and nothing. He then became very thoughtful
and forgetting the rules of society and good manners,
he took his hands out of his pockets and gave his
head a long scratch.
At that moment he heard an explosion of laughter
close to him, and looking up he saw a large Parrot
perched on a tree, pruning the few feathers he had left.
"Why are you laughing?" asked Pinocchio in an
"I am laughing because in pruning my feathers
I tickled myself under my wings."
The puppet did not answer, but went to the canal
and, filling the same old shoe full of water, he pro-
ceeded to water the earth afresh that covered his
While he was thus occupied another laugh, and
more impertinent than the first, rang out in the
silence of that solitary place.
"Once for all," shouted Pinocchio in a rage, "may
I know, you ill-educated Parrot, what you are laugh-
"I am laughing at those simpletons who believe
in all the foolish things that are told them, and who
allow themselves to be entrapped by those who are
more cunning than they are."
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"Are you, perhaps, speaking of me?"
"Yes, I am speaking of you, poor Pinocchio-of
you who are simple enough to believe that money
can be sown and gathered in fields in the same way
as beans and gourds. I also believed it once, and to-
day I am suffering for it. Today-but it is too
late-I have at last learned that to put a few pennies
honestly together, it is necessary to know how to
earn them, either by the work of our own hands or
by the cleverness of our own brains."
"I don't understand you," said the puppet, who
was already trembling with fear.
"Have patience. I will explain myself better,"
rejoined the Parrot. "You must know, then, that
while you were in the town the Fox and the Cat re-
turned to the field, took the buried money, and then
fled like the wind. And now he that catches them
will be clever."
Pinocchio remained with his mouth open, and not
choosing to believe the Parrot's words, he began with
his hands and nails to dig up the earth that he had
watered. And he dug and dug and dug and made
such a deep hole that a rick of straw might have
stood upright in it, but the money was no longer
He rushed back to the town in a state of despera-
tion, and went at once to the Courts of Justice to de-
nounce the two knaves who had robbed him to the
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The judge was a big ape of the gorilla tribe-an
old ape respectable for his age, his white beard, but
especially for his gold spectacles without glasses that
he was always obliged to wear, on account of an in-
flammation of the eyes that had tormented him for
Pinocchio related in the presence of the judge all
the particulars of the infamous fraud of which he
had been the victim. He gave the names, the sur-
names, and other details, of the two rascals, and
ended by demanding justice.
The judge listened with great benignity. He
took a lively interest in the story; he was much
touched and moved; and when the puppet had noth-
ing further to say, he stretched out his hand and
rang a bell.
At this summons two mastiffs, dressed as gen-
darmes, appeared. Then the judge, pointing to Pin-
occhio, said to them:
"That poor devil has been robbed of four gold
pieces; take him up, and put him immediately into
The puppet was petrified on hearing this unex-
pected sentence, and tried to protest; but the gen-
darmes, to avoid losing time, stopped his mouth,
and carried him off to the lockup.
And there he remained for four months-four
long months-and he would have remained longer
still if a fortunate chance had not released him. For
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I must tell you that the young Emperor who reigned
over the town of "Trap for Blockheads," having
won a splendid victory over his enemies, ordered
great public rejoicings. There were illuminations,
fireworks, horse races, and velocipede races, and as
a further sign of triumph he commanded that the
prisons should be opened and all the prisoners liber-
"If the others are to be let out of prison, I will go
also," said Pinocchio to the jailor.
"No, not you," said the jailor, "because you do
not belong to the fortunate class."
"I beg your pardon," replied Pinocchio, "I am
also a criminal."
"In that case you are perfectly right," said the
jailor; and taking off his hat and bowing to him re-
spectfully, he opened the prison doors and let him
Pinocchio, Because He Would Not Heed the Good Counsels of
the Talking Cricket, Falls Among Assassins
"t EALLY," said the puppet to himself as he
resumed his journey, "how unfortunate we
poor boys are. Everybody scolds us, every-
body admonishes us, everybody gives us good ad-
vice. To let them talk, they would all take it into
their heads to be our fathers and our masters-all-
even the Talking Cricket. See now; because I don't
choose to listen to that tiresome Cricket, who knows,
according to him, how many misfortunes are to hap-
pen to me? I am even to meet with assassins! That
is, however, of little consequence, for I don't believe in
assassins-I have never believed in them. For me, I
think that assassins have been invented purposely by
papas to frighten boys who want to go out at night.
"Besides, supposing I was to come across them
here in the road, do you imagine they would frighten
me? Not the least in the world. I should go to meet
them and cry: 'Gentlemen assassins, what do you
want with me? Remember that with me there is
no joking. Therefore go about your business and
be quiet!' At this speech, said in a determined tone,
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those poor assassins-I think I see them-would run
away like the wind. If, however, they were so badly
educated as not to run away, why, then, I would run
away myself, and there would be an end of it."
But Pinocchio had not time to finish his reasoning,
for at that moment he thought he heard a slight
rustle of leaves behind him.
He turned to look, and saw in the gloom two evil-
looking, black figures, completely enveloped in char-
coal sacks. They were running after him on tiptoe,
and making great leaps like two phantoms.
Here they are in reality!" he said to himself, and
not knowing where to hide his gold pieces he put
them in his mouth precisely under his tongue.
Then he tried to escape. But he had not gone a
step when he felt himself seized by the arm, and
heard two horrid sepulchral voices saying to him:
"Your money or your life!"
Pinocchio, not being able to answer in words, ow-
ing to the money that was in his mouth, made a
thousand low bows and a thousand pantomimes. He
tried thus to make the two muffled figures, whose
eyes were visible only through the holes in their sacks,
understand that he was a poor puppet, and that he
had not as much as a false farthing in his pocket.
"Come now! Less nonsense and out with the
money!" cried the two brigands threateningly.
And the puppet made a gesture with his hands to
signify, "I have got none."
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"Deliver up your money or you are dead," said
the tallest of the brigands.
"Dead!" repeated the other.
"And after we have killed you, we will also kill
"Also your father!"
"No, no, no, not my poor papa!" cried Pinocchio
in a despairing tone, and as he said it, the sovereigns
clinked in his mouth.
"Ah! you rascal! Then you have hidden your
money under your tongue! Spit it out at once!"
But Pinocchio was obdurate.
"Ah! you pretend to be deaf, do you? Wait a
moment, leave it to us to find a means to make you
spit it out."
And one of them seized the puppet by the end of
his nose, and the other took him by the chin, and
began to pull them brutally, the one up and the other
down, to constrain him to open his mouth. But it
was all to no purpose. Pinocchio's mouth seemed to
be nailed and riveted together.
Then the shorter assassin drew out an ugly knife
and tried to force it between his lips like a lever or
chisel. But Pinocchio, as quick as lightning, caught
his hand with his teeth, and with one bite bit it clean
off and spat it out. Imagine his astonishment when
instead of a hand he perceived that he had spat a cat's
paw bn the ground.
Encouraged by this first victory, he used his nails
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to such purpose that he succeeded in liberating him-
self from his assailants, and jumping the hedge by the
roadside he began to fly across country. The assas-
sins ran after him like two dogs chasing a hare; and
the one who had lost a paw ran on one leg, and no
one ever knew how he managed it.
After a race of some miles Pinocchio could do no
more. Giving himself up for lost, he climbed the
trunk of a very high pine tree and seated himself in
the topmost branches. The assassins attempted to
climb after him, but when they had reached half-
way up the trunk they slid down again, and arrived on
the ground with the skin grazed from their hands and
But they were not to be beaten by so little. Col-
lecting a quantity of dry wood they piled it beneath
the pine and set fire to it. In less time than it takes
to tell the pine began to burn and to flame like a
candle blown by the wind. Pinocchio, seeing that
the flames were mounting higher every instant, and
not wishing to end his life as a roasted pigeon, made
a stupendous leap from the top of the tree and started
afresh across the fields and vineyards. The assassins
followed him, and kept behind him without once giv-
The day began to break and they were still pursu-
ing him. Suddenly Pinocchio found his way barred
by a wide, deep ditch full of dirty water the color of
coffee. What was he to do? "One! two! three!"
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cried the puppet, and making a rush he sprang to the
other side. The assassins also jumped, but not hav-
ing measured the distance properly-splash, splash!
they fell into the very middle of the ditch. Pinoc-
chio, who heard the plunge and the splashing of the
water, shouted out, laughing, and without stopping:
"A fine bath to you, gentlemen assassins."
And he felt convinced that they were drowned,
but, turning to look, he perceived that, on the con-
trary, they were both running after him, still envel-
oped in their sacks, with the water dripping from them
as if they had been two hollow baskets.
The Assassins Pursue Pinocchio; and Having Overtaken
Him, Hang Him to a Branch of the Big Oak
AT this sight the puppet's courage failed him,
and he was on the point of throwing himself
on the ground and giving himself over for
lost. Turning his eyes in every direction, however,
he saw at some distance, standing out amid the dark
green of the trees, a small house as white as snow.
"If I only had breath to reach that house," he
said to himself, "perhaps I should be saved."
And without delaying an instant, he recommended
running for his life through the wood, and the assas-
sins after him.
At last, after a desperate race of nearly two hours,
he arrived quite breathless at the door of the house,
No one answered.
He knocked again with great violence, for he
heard the sound of steps approaching him, and the
heavy panting of his persecutors. The same silence.
Seeing that knocking was useless, he began in des-
peration to kick and pommel the door with all his
might. The window then opened and a beautiful
Child appeared at it. She had blue hair and a face as
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white as a waxen image; her eyes were closed and
her hands were crossed on her breast. Without mov-
ing her lips in the least, she said in a voice that seemed
to come from the other world:
"In this house there is no one. They are all
"Then at least open the door for me yourself,"
shouted Pinocchio, crying and imploring.
PINoccmo RAN FOR His L=i
"I am dead also."
"Dead? then what are you doing there at the
"I am waiting for the bier to come to carry me
Having said this, she immediately disappeared,
and the window was closed again without the slightest
"Oh! beautiful Child with blue hair." cried Pinoc-
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chio, "open the door for pity's sake! Have compas-
sion on a poor boy pursued by assas-"
But he could not finish the word, for he felt him-
self seized by the collar, and the same two horrible
voices said to him threateningly:
"You shall not escape from us again!"
The puppet, seeing death staring him in the face,
was taken with such a violent fit of trembling that
the joints of his wooden legs began to creak, and the
sovereigns hidden under his tongue to clink.
"Now then," demanded the assassins, "will you
open your mouth, yes or no? Ah! no answer? .
Leave it to us; this time we will force you to open
And drawing out two long, horrid knives as sharp
as razors, clash they attempted to stab him
But the puppet, luckily for him, was made of
very hard wood; the knives therefore broke into a
thousand pieces, and the assassins were left with the
handles in their hands, staring at each other.
"I see what we must do," said one of them. "He
must be hanged! Let us hang him!"
"Let us hang him!" repeated the other.
Without loss of time they tied his arms behind
him, passed a running noose around his throat, and
then hanged him to the branch of a tree called the
They then sat down on the grass and waited for
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his last struggle. But at the end of three hours the
puppet's eyes were still open, his mouth closed, and
he was kicking more than ever.
Losing patience, they turned to Pinocchio and said
in a bantering tone:
"Good-by till tomorrow. Let us hope that when
we return you will be polite enough to allow yourself
to be found quite dead, and with your mouth wide
And they walked off.
In the meantime a tempestuous northerly wind
began to blow and roar angrily, and it beat the poor
puppet as he hung from side to side, making him
swing violently like the clatter of a bell ringing for a
wedding. And the swinging give him atrocious
spasms, and the running noose, becoming still tighter
round his throat, took away his breath.
Little by little his eyes began to grow dim, but
although he felt that death was near, he still con-
tinued to hope that some charitable person would
come to his assistance before it was too late. But
when, after waiting and waiting, he found that no
one came, absolutely no one, then he remembered
his poor father, and thinking he was dying he stam-
"Oh, Papa! Papa! if only you were here!"
His breath failed him and he could say no more.
He shut his eyes, opened his mouth, stretched his legs,
gave a long shudder, and hung stiff and insensible.
Pinocchio Eats the Sugar, but Will Not Take His Medicine:
When, However, He Sees the Grave Diggers, Who Have
Arrived to Carry Him Away, He Takes It. He Then
Tells a Lie, and as a Punishment His Nose Grows Longer
A soon as the three doctors had left the room
the Fairy approached Pinocchio, and having
touched his forehead she perceived that he
was in a high fever that was not to be trifled with.
She therefore dissolved a certain white powder in
half a tumbler of water, and offering it to the puppet
she said to him lovingly:
"Drink it, and in a few days you will be cured."
Pinocchio looked at the tumbler, made a wry face,
and then asked in a plaintive voice:
"Is it sweet or bitter?"
"It is bitter, but it will do you good."
"If it is bitter, I will not take it."
"Listen to me: drink it."
"I don't like anything bitter."
"Drink it, and when you have drunk it I will give
you a lump of sugar to take away the taste."
"Where is the lump of sugar?"
"Here it is," said the Fairy, taking a piece from a
gold sugar basin.
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Give me first the lump of sugar, and then I will
drink that bad, bitter water."
"Do you promise me?"
The Fairy gave him the sugar, and Pinocchio, hav-
ing crushed it up and swallowed it in a second, said,
licking his lips:
"It would be a fine thing if sugar were medicine!
I would take it every day."
"Now keep your promise and drink these few
drops of water, which will restore you to health."
Pinocchio took the tumbler unwillingly in his
hand and put the point of his nose to it; he then ap-
proached it to his lips; he then again put his nose to
it, and at last said:
"It is too bitter! too bitter! I cannot drink it."
"How can you tell that, when you have not even
"I can imagine it! I know it from the smell. I
want another lump of sugar first, and then I will
The Fairy then, with all the patience of a good
mamma, put another lump of sugar in his mouth, and
then again presented the tumbler to him.
"I cannot drink it so!" said the puppet, making a
"Because that pillow down there on my feet
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The Fairy removed the pillow.
"It is useless. Even so I cannot drink it."
"What is the matter now?"
"The door of the room, which is half open, bothers
The Fairy went and closed the door.
"In short," cried Pinocchio, bursting into tears,
"I will not drink that bitter water-no, no, no!"
"My boy, you will repent it."
"I don't care."
"Your illness is serious."
"I don't care."
"The fever in a few hours will carry you into the
"I don't care."
"Are you not afraid of death?"
"I am not in the least afraid! I would rather die
than drink that bitter medicine."
At that moment the door of the room flew open,
and four rabbits as black as ink entered carrying on
their shoulders a little bier.
"What do you want with me?" cried Pinocchio,
sitting up in bed in a great fright.
"We are come to take you," said the biggest rab-
To take me? But I am not yet dead!"
"No, not yet; but you have only a few minutes
to live, as you have refused the medicine that would
have cured you of the fever."
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"Oh, Fairy, Fairy!" the puppet then began to
scream, "give me the tumbler at once. Be quick,
for pity's sake, for I will not die. No, I will not
And taking the tumbler in both hands he emptied
it at a draught.
"We must have patience!" said the rabbits. "This
time we have made our journey in vain." And tak-
ing the little bier again on their shoulders they left
the room, grumbling and murmuring between their
In fact, a few minutes afterwards, Pinocchio
jumped down from the bed quite well, because you
must know that wooden puppets have the privilege
of seldom being ill, and of being cured very quickly.
The Fairy, seeing him running and rushing about
the room as gay and as lively as a young cock, said
"Then my medicine has really done you good?"
"Good, I should think so! It has restored me to
"Then why on earth did you require so much per-
suasion to take it?"
"Because you see that we boys are all like that!
We are more afraid of medicine than of the illness."
"Disgraceful! Boys ought to know that a good
remedy, taken in time, may save them from a serious
illness, and perhaps even from death."
"Oh! but another time I shall not require so much
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persuasion. I shall remember those black rabbits
with the bier on their shoulders, and then I shall
immediately take the tumbler in my hand, and down
it will go!"
"Now come here to me, and tell me how it came
about that you fell into the hands of those assas-
"It came about that the showman Fire Eater gave
me some gold pieces and said to me, 'Go, and take
them to your father!' and instead I met on the road
a Fox and a Cat, two very respectable persons, who
said to me: 'Would you like those pieces of gold to
become a thousand or two? Come with us and we
will take you to the Field of Miracles,' and I said:
'Let us go.' And they said: 'Let us stop at the inn
of the Red Crawfish,' and after midnight they left.
And when I awoke I found that they were no longer
there, because they had gone away.
"Then I began to travel by night, for you cannot
imagine how dark it was; and on that account I met
on the road two assassins in charcoal sacks who said
to me: 'Out with your money,' and I said to them: 'I
have none,' because I had hidden the four gold pieces
in my mouth. Then one of the assassins tried to put
his hand in my mouth, and I bit his hand off and spat
it out, but instead of a hand I spat out a cat's paw.
"And the assassins ran after me, and I ran, and
ran, until at last they caught me, and tied me by the
neck to a tree in this wood, and said to me, 'To-
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morrow we shall return here, and then you will be
dead with your mouth open, and we shall be able to
carry off the pieces of gold that you have hidden under
"And the four pieces-where have you put
them?" asked the Fairy.
"I have lost them!" said Pinocchio; but he was
telling a lie, for he had them in his pocket.
PiNocHIo's NosE IMMEDIATELY GREW LONGER
He had scarcely told the lie when his nose, which
was already long, grew at once two fingers longer.
"And where did you lose them?"
"In the wood near here."
At this second lie his nose went on growing.
"If you have lost them in the wood near here,"
said the Fairy, "we will look for them, and we shall
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find them, because everything that is lost in that
wood is always found."
"Ah! now I remember all about it," replied the
puppet, getting quite confused; "I didn't lose the
four gold pieces, I swallowed them inadvertently
while I was drinking your medicine."
At this third lie his nose grew to such an extraor-
dinary length that poor Pinocchio could not move
in any direction. If he turned to one side, he struck
his nose against the bed or the windowpanes; if he
turned to the other, he struck it against the walls or
the door; if he raised his head a little, he ran the risk
of sticking it into one of the Fairy's eyes.
And the Fairy looked at him and laughed.
"What are you laughing at?" asked the puppet,
very confused and anxious at finding his nose grow-
ing so prodigiously.
"I am laughing at the lie you have told."
"And how can you possibly know that I have
told a lie?"
"Lies, my dear boy, are found out immediately,
because they are of two sorts. There are lies that
have short legs, and lies that have long noses. Your
lie, as it happens, is one of those that have a long
Pinocchio, not knowing where to hide himself for
shame, tried to run out of the room; but he did not
succeed, for his nose had increased so much that it
could no longer pass through the door.