The Adventures of Pinocchio HTML version
Pinocchio falls asleep with his feet on a foot warmer, and awakens the next day
with his feet all burned off
Pinocchio hated the dark street, but he was so hungry that, in spite of it, he ran
out of the house. The night was pitch black. It thundered, and bright flashes of
lightning now and again shot across the sky, turning it into a sea of fire. An angry
wind blew cold and raised dense clouds of dust, while the trees shook and
moaned in a weird way.
Pinocchio was greatly afraid of thunder and lightning, but the hunger he felt was
far greater than his fear. In a dozen leaps and bounds, he came to the village,
tired out, puffing like a whale, and with tongue hanging.
The whole village was dark and deserted. The stores were closed, the doors, the
windows. In the streets, not even a dog could be seen. It seemed the Village of
Pinocchio, in desperation, ran up to a doorway, threw himself upon the bell, and
pulled it wildly, saying to himself: "Someone will surely answer that!"
He was right. An old man in a nightcap opened the window and looked out. He
called down angrily:
"What do you want at this hour of night?"
"Will you be good enough to give me a bit of bread? I am hungry."
"Wait a minute and I'll come right back," answered the old fellow, thinking he had
to deal with one of those boys who love to roam around at night ringing people's
bells while they are peacefully asleep.