The Adventures of Pinocchio
Fire Eater gives Pinocchio five gold pieces for his father, Geppetto; but the
Marionette meets a Fox and a Cat and follows them
The next day Fire Eater called Pinocchio aside and asked him:
"What is your father's name?"
"And what is his trade?"
"He's a wood carver."
"Does he earn much?"
"He earns so much that he never has a penny in his pockets. Just think that, in
order to buy me an A-B-C book for school, he had to sell the only coat he owned,
a coat so full of darns and patches that it was a pity."
"Poor fellow! I feel sorry for him. Here, take these five gold pieces. Go, give them
to him with my kindest regards."
Pinocchio, as may easily be imagined, thanked him a thousand times. He kissed
each Marionette in turn, even the officers, and, beside himself with joy, set out on
his homeward journey.
He had gone barely half a mile when he met a lame Fox and a blind Cat, walking
together like two good friends. The lame Fox leaned on the Cat, and the blind
Cat let the Fox lead him along.
"Good morning, Pinocchio," said the Fox, greeting him courteously.