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ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO

trace could be seen of where they were joined.

No sooner had the puppet discovered that he had feet than he jumped down from the table on which he was lying, and began to spring and to cut a thousand capers about the room, as if he had gone mad with the greatness of his delight.

'To reward you for what you have done for me,' said Pinocchio to his father, 'I will go to school at once.'

'Good boy.'

'But to go to school I shall want some clothes.'

Geppetto, who was poor, and who had not so much as a farthing in his pocket, then made him a little dress of flowered paper, a pair of shoes from the bark of a tree, and a cap of the crumb of bread.

Pinocchio ran immediately to look at himself in a crock of water, and he was so pleased with his appearance that he said, strutting about like a peacock:

'I look quite like a gentleman!'

'Yes indeed,' answered Geppetto, 'for bear in mind that it is not fine clothes that make the gentleman, but rather clean clothes.'

'By the bye,' added the puppet, 'to go to school I am still in want—indeed I am without the best thing, and the most important.'

'And what is it?'