The Adventures of Pinocchio - Chapter
If Pinocchio cried much longer, the
little woman thought
he would melt away, so she finally admitted that she was
the little Fairy with Azure Hair.
"You rascal of a Marionette!
How did you know it was I?"
she asked, laughing.
"My love for you told me
who you were."
"Do you remember? You left
me when I was a little girl
and now you find me a grown woman. I am so old, I could
almost be your mother!"
"I am very glad of that,
for then I can call you mother
instead of sister. For a long time I have wanted a mother,
just like other boys. But how did you grow so quickly?"
"That's a secret!"
"Tell it to me. I also want
to grow a little. Look at me!
I have never grown higher than a penny's worth of cheese."
"But you can't grow," answered
"Because Marionettes never
grow. They are born Marionettes,
they live Marionettes, and they die Marionettes."
"Oh, I'm tired of always being a Marionette!" cried
"It's about time for me to grow into a man as everyone
"And you will if you deserve
"Really? What can I do to
"It's a very simple matter.
Try to act like a well-behaved child."
"Don't you think I do?"
"Far from it! Good boys
are obedient, and you, on the contrary--"
"And I never obey."
"Good boys love study and
work, but you--"
"And I, on the contrary,
am a lazy fellow and a tramp all year round."
"Good boys always tell the
"And I always tell lies."
"Good boys go gladly to
"And I get sick if I go
to school. From now on I'll be different."
"Do you promise?"
"I promise. I want to become
a good boy and be a comfort to my father.
Where is my poor father now?"
"I do not know."
"Will I ever be lucky enough
to find him and embrace him once more?"
"I think so. Indeed, I am
sure of it."
At this answer, Pinocchio's happiness was very great.
He grasped the Fairy's hands and kissed them so hard that
it looked as if he had lost his head. Then lifting his
he looked at her lovingly and asked: "Tell me, little
it isn't true that you are dead, is it?"
"It doesn't seem so," answered
the Fairy, smiling.
"If you only knew how I
suffered and how I wept when I read `Here lies--'"
"I know it, and for that
I have forgiven you. The depth
of your sorrow made me see that you have a kind heart.
There is always hope for boys with hearts such as yours,
though they may often be very mischievous. This is the
reason why I have come so far to look for you. From now
on, I'll be your own little mother."
"Oh! How lovely!" cried
Pinocchio, jumping with joy.
"You will obey me always
and do as I wish?"
"Gladly, very gladly, more
"Beginning tomorrow," said the Fairy, "you'll
go to school every day."
Pinocchio's face fell a little.
"Then you will choose the
trade you like best."
Pinocchio became more serious.
"What are you mumbling to yourself?" asked
"I was just saying," whined
the Marionette in a whisper,
"that it seems too late for me to go to school now."
"No, indeed. Remember it
is never too late to learn."
"But I don't want either
trade or profession."
"Because work wearies me!"
"My dear boy," said the Fairy, "people
who speak as
you do usually end their days either in a prison or in
hospital. A man, remember, whether rich or poor, should
do something in this world. No one can find happiness
without work. Woe betide the lazy fellow! Laziness is a
serious illness and one must cure it immediately; yes,
from early childhood. If not, it will kill you in the end."
These words touched Pinocchio's heart. He lifted
his eyes to his Fairy and said seriously:
"I'll work; I'll study; I'll do all you tell me.
After all, the life of a Marionette has grown very tiresome
to me and I want to become a boy, no matter how hard it
You promise that, do you not?"
"Yes, I promise, and now
it is up to you."