The Adventures of Pinocchio HTML version

Chapter 18
Pinocchio finds the Fox and the Cat again, and goes with them to sow the gold
pieces in the Field of Wonders
Crying as if his heart would break, the Marionette mourned for hours over the
length of his nose. No matter how he tried, it would not go through the door. The
Fairy showed no pity toward him, as she was trying to teach him a good lesson,
so that he would stop telling lies, the worst habit any boy may acquire. But when
she saw him, pale with fright and with his eyes half out of his head from terror,
she began to feel sorry for him and clapped her hands together. A thousand
woodpeckers flew in through the window and settled themselves on Pinocchio's
nose. They pecked and pecked so hard at that enormous nose that in a few
moments, it was the same size as before.
"How good you are, my Fairy," said Pinocchio, drying his eyes, "and how much I
love you!"
"I love you, too," answered the Fairy, "and if you wish to stay with me, you may
be my little brother and I'll be your good little sister."
"I should like to stay--but what about my poor father?"
"I have thought of everything. Your father has been sent for and before night he
will be here."
"Really?" cried Pinocchio joyfully. "Then, my good Fairy, if you are willing, I
should like to go to meet him. I cannot wait to kiss that dear old man, who has
suffered so much for my sake."
"Surely; go ahead, but be careful not to lose your way. Take the wood path and
you'll surely meet him."