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Chapter 19
Pinocchio is robbed of his gold pieces and, in punishment, is sentenced to four
months in prison
If the Marionette had been told to wait a day instead of twenty minutes, the time
could not have seemed longer to him. He walked impatiently to and fro and finally
turned his nose toward the Field of Wonders.
And as he walked with hurried steps, his heart beat with an excited tic, tac, tic,
tac, just as if it were a wall clock, and his busy brain kept thinking:
"What if, instead of a thousand, I should find two thousand? Or if, instead of two
thousand, I should find five thousand--or one hundred thousand? I'll build myself
a beautiful palace, with a thousand stables filled with a thousand wooden horses
to play with, a cellar overflowing with lemonade and ice cream soda, and a library
of candies and fruits, cakes and cookies."
Thus amusing himself with fancies, he came to the field. There he stopped to see
if, by any chance, a vine filled with gold coins was in sight. But he saw nothing!
He took a few steps forward, and still nothing! He stepped into the field. He went
up to the place where he had dug the hole and buried the gold pieces. Again
nothing! Pinocchio became very thoughtful and, forgetting his good manners
altogether, he pulled a hand out of his pocket and gave his head a thorough
As he did so, he heard a hearty burst of laughter close to his head. He turned
sharply, and there, just above him on the branch of a tree, sat a large Parrot,
busily preening his feathers.
"What are you laughing at?" Pinocchio asked peevishly.