The Adventures of Pinocchio
As soon as he gets home, Geppetto fashions the Marionette and calls it
Pinocchio. The first pranks of the Marionette
Little as Geppetto's house was, it was neat and comfortable. It was a small room
on the ground floor, with a tiny window under the stairway. The furniture could
not have been much simpler: a very old chair, a rickety old bed, and a tumble-
down table. A fireplace full of burning logs was painted on the wall opposite the
door. Over the fire, there was painted a pot full of something which kept boiling
happily away and sending up clouds of what looked like real steam.
As soon as he reached home, Geppetto took his tools and began to cut and
shape the wood into a Marionette.
"What shall I call him?" he said to himself. "I think I'll call him PINOCCHIO. This
name will make his fortune. I knew a whole family of Pinocchi once--Pinocchio
the father, Pinocchia the mother, and Pinocchi the children-- and they were all
lucky. The richest of them begged for his living."
After choosing the name for his Marionette, Geppetto set seriously to work to
make the hair, the forehead, the eyes. Fancy his surprise when he noticed that
these eyes moved and then stared fixedly at him. Geppetto, seeing this, felt
insulted and said in a grieved tone:
"Ugly wooden eyes, why do you stare so?"
There was no answer.
After the eyes, Geppetto made the nose, which began to stretch as soon as
finished. It stretched and stretched and stretched till it became so long, it seemed