The Adventures of Pinocchio
Geppetto returns home and gives his own breakfast to the Marionette
The poor Marionette, who was still half asleep, had not yet found out that his two
feet were burned and gone. As soon as he heard his Father's voice, he jumped
up from his seat to open the door, but, as he did so, he staggered and fell
headlong to the floor.
In falling, he made as much noise as a sack of wood falling from the fifth story of
"Open the door for me!" Geppetto shouted from the street.
"Father, dear Father, I can't," answered the Marionette in despair, crying and
rolling on the floor.
"Why can't you?"
"Because someone has eaten my feet."
"And who has eaten them?"
"The cat," answered Pinocchio, seeing that little animal busily playing with some
shavings in the corner of the room.
"Open! I say," repeated Geppetto, "or I'll give you a sound whipping when I get
"Father, believe me, I can't stand up. Oh, dear! Oh, dear! I shall have to walk on
my knees all my life."
Geppetto, thinking that all these tears and cries were only other pranks of the
Marionette, climbed up the side of the house and went in through the window.