The Adventures of Pinocchio HTML version
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, on
account of the wig he always wore which was just the color of yellow corn.
 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
"This morning a fine idea came to me."
"Let's hear it."