Page:Collodi - The Story of a Puppet, translation Murray, 1892.djvu/52

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The puppets recognise their brother Pinocchio,
          and receive him with delight; but at that
          moment their master Fire-eater makes his
          appearance and Pinocchio is in danger of
          coming to a bad end.

When Pinocchio came into the little puppet theatre, an incident occurred that almost produced a revolution.

I must tell you that the curtain was drawn up, and the play had already begun.

On the stage Harlequin and Punchinello were as usual quarrelling with each other, and threatening every moment to come to blows.

The audience, all attention, laughed till they were ill as they listened to the bicker-