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II

Master Cherry makes a present of the piece
          of wood to his friend Geppetto, who
          takes it to make for himself a wonderful
          puppet, that shall know how to dance,
          and to fence, and to leap like an acrobat.


At that moment some one knocked at the door.

'Come in,' said the carpenter, without having the strength to rise to his feet.

A lively little old man immediately walked into the shop. His name was Geppetto, but when the boys of the neighbourhood wished to put him in a passion they called him by the nickname of Polendina,[1] because

  1. Polendina. In Italian, pudding of Indian corn.