The Adventures of Pinocchio HTML version

Chapter 10
The Marionettes recognize their brother Pinocchio, and greet him with loud
cheers; but the Director, Fire Eater, happens along and poor Pinocchio almost
loses his life
Quick as a flash, Pinocchio disappeared into the Marionette Theater. And then
something happened which almost caused a riot.
The curtain was up and the performance had started.
Harlequin and Pulcinella were reciting on the stage and, as usual, they were
threatening each other with sticks and blows.
The theater was full of people, enjoying the spectacle and laughing till they cried
at the antics of the two Marionettes.
The play continued for a few minutes, and then suddenly, without any warning,
Harlequin stopped talking. Turning toward the audience, he pointed to the rear of
the orchestra, yelling wildly at the same time:
"Look, look! Am I asleep or awake? Or do I really see Pinocchio there?"
"Yes, yes! It is Pinocchio!" screamed Pulcinella.
"It is! It is!" shrieked Signora Rosaura, peeking in from the side of the stage.
"It is Pinocchio! It is Pinocchio!" yelled all the Marionettes, pouring out of the
wings. "It is Pinocchio. It is our brother Pinocchio! Hurrah for Pinocchio!"
"Pinocchio, come up to me!" shouted Harlequin. "Come to the arms of your
wooden brothers!"