Page:Collodi - The Story of a Puppet, translation Murray, 1892.djvu/28

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IV

The story of Pinocchio and the Talking-
          cricket, from which we see that naughty
          boys cannot endure to be corrected by
 those who know more than they do.


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Well then, children, I must tell you that whilst poor Geppetto was being taken to prison for no fault of his, that imp Pinocchio, finding himself free from the clutches of the carabineer, ran off as fast as his legs could carry him. That he might reach home the quicker he rushed across the fields, and in his mad hurry he jumped high banks, thorn hedges, and ditches full of water, exactly as a kid or a leveret would have done if pursued by hunters.