The Adventures of Pinocchio
Fire Eater sneezes and forgives Pinocchio, who saves his friend, Harlequin, from
In the theater, great excitement reigned.
Fire Eater (this was really his name) was very ugly, but he was far from being as
bad as he looked. Proof of this is that, when he saw the poor Marionette being
brought in to him, struggling with fear and crying, "I don't want to die! I don't want
to die!" he felt sorry for him and began first to waver and then to weaken. Finally,
he could control himself no longer and gave a loud sneeze.
At that sneeze, Harlequin, who until then had been as sad as a weeping willow,
smiled happily and leaning toward the Marionette, whispered to him:
"Good news, brother mine! Fire Eater has sneezed and this is a sign that he feels
sorry for you. You are saved!"
For be it known, that, while other people, when sad and sorrowful, weep and
wipe their eyes, Fire Eater, on the other hand, had the strange habit of sneezing
each time he felt unhappy. The way was just as good as any other to show the
kindness of his heart.
After sneezing, Fire Eater, ugly as ever, cried to Pinocchio:
"Stop crying! Your wails give me a funny feeling down here in my stomach and--
E--tchee!--E--tchee!" Two loud sneezes finished his speech.
"God bless you!" said Pinocchio.
"Thanks! Are your father and mother still living?" demanded Fire Eater.