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The Adventures of Pinocchio

Chapter 2
Mastro Cherry gives the piece of wood to his friend Geppetto, who takes it to
make himself a Marionette that will dance, fence, and turn somersaults
In that very instant, a loud knock sounded on the door. "Come in," said the
carpenter, not having an atom of strength left with which to stand up.
At the words, the door opened and a dapper little old man came in. His name
was Geppetto, but to the boys of the neighborhood he was Polendina,[1] on
account of the wig he always wore which was just the color of yellow corn.
[1] Cornmeal mush
Geppetto had a very bad temper. Woe to the one who called him Polendina! He
became as wild as a beast and no one could soothe him.
"Good day, Mastro Antonio," said Geppetto. "What are you doing on the floor?"
"I am teaching the ants their A B C's."
"Good luck to you!"
"What brought you here, friend Geppetto?"
"My legs. And it may flatter you to know, Mastro Antonio, that I have come to you
to beg for a favor."
"Here I am, at your service," answered the carpenter, raising himself on to his
knees.
"This morning a fine idea came to me."
"Let's hear it."
 
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