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Pinocchio Part III
A blind cat and a lame fox stop Pinocchio.
A blind cat and a lame fox stop Pinocchio.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Below is the third part of "Pinocchio."

"Oh, please, sir," says Pinocchio, suddenly crying. "Do not hurt me. I will leave at once. I promised my father, Geppetto, that I would go to school, but I came here instead. I gave you my only coin, and now I can't buy a school book. I am very sorry I disrupted your show."

The puppet master sees that Pinocchio is speaking the truth. His icy heart warms. "Because you are truly sorry, I will not hurt you. Take these five coins and buy yourself a school book. Then buy a gift for your father."

With the jingle-jangle of five coins in his pocket, Pinocchio continues on his way. He imagines all the wonderful gifts he will buy for Geppetto -- a sharp knife for whittling, a sturdier workbench, and a new suit. Caught up in his thoughts and his whistling, Pinocchio does not see two beggars.

A blind cat and a lame fox stand by the side of the road. "Hey, kid," says the cat with dark glasses. "Do I hear some coins jingling in your pocket?"

"We can show you how to turn a few coins into a hundred coins," adds the fox, leaning on his crutch. "All you have to do is bury the coins in the money orchard. In thirty minutes, you'll have a money tree."

"Gosh, that sounds easy," says Pinocchio. "Then I could buy ten suits for Geppetto and ten books for me."

Just then, a bluebird in a tree calls to Pinocchio, "Don't be foolish! Don't be ­foolish!" As quick as a wink, the cat leaps at the bird while the fox, both feet steady on the ground, swings his crutch at it. The bird narrowly escapes.

"The money orchard is on the other side of those trees," says the cat, composing himself and adjusting his glasses.

"We can take you there," adds the fox, delicately lifting one foot.

Pinocchio agrees and follows the cat and fox to an open field. They show him where to bury his five coins. "Now you must return to the road and wait thirty ­minutes," instructs the cat.

Pinocchio says good-bye to the cat and fox and does as he was told. After thirty minutes, he races back to the field and looks for the money tree.

Continue to the next page to learn what happens next.

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