The Adventures of Pinocchio

  • CHAPTER 1

  • How it happened that Mastro Cherry, carpenter, found a piece of wood that wept and laughed like a child.

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    Centuries ago there lived— “A king!” my little readers will say immediately.

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  • No, children, you are mistaken.

  • Once upon a time there was a piece of wood.

  • It was not an expensive piece of wood.

  • Far from it.

  • Just a common block of firewood, one of those thick, solid logs that are put on the fire in winter to make cold rooms cozy and warm.

  • Narrator

    I do not know how this really happened, yet the fact remains that one fine day this piece of wood found itself in the shop of an old carpenter.

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  • His real name was Mastro Antonio, but everyone called him Mastro Cherry, for the tip of his nose was so round and red and shiny that it looked like a ripe cherry.

  • As soon as he saw that piece of wood, Mastro Cherry was filled with joy.

  • Rubbing his hands together happily, he mumbled half to himself:

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    Mastro Cherry

    “This has come in the nick of time.

  • I shall use it to make the leg of a table.”

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    He grasped the hatchet quickly to peel off the bark and shape the wood.

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  • But as he was about to give it the first blow, he stood still with arm uplifted, for he had heard a wee, little voice say in a beseeching tone:

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    Little Voice

    “Please be careful!

  • Do not hit me so hard!”

  • Narrator

    What a look of surprise shone on Mastro Cherry’s face!

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  • His funny face became still funnier.