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the puppet and put him on the floor so that he might walk. Pinocchio found that his wooden legs were too stiff to move, so he lay on the floor and just wiggled them about haphazardly, as a baby does in a crib. Now, with his legs limbered up a bit, he got back up and took a few faltering steps. When he nearly tumbled over, Geppetto took his hand and patiently taught him how to put out one foot in front of the other.

With a little practice, Pinocchio was able to walk all by himself. Very soon after that he was able to run all around the room! He came to the open door, and with one leap he was out into the street. Off he ran!

Poor Geppetto ran after him but wasn't able to catch up. “Stop him! Stop him!” Geppetto shouted. But the people in the street, seeing a wooden puppet running by, were too amazed to move.

By sheer luck, a policeman stood directly in Pinocchio's path. Hearing the commotion, he looked up. As the wooden boy ran by, the officer grabbed him by his long nose and returned him to his father.

Geppetto grabbed Pinocchio by the back of the neck and started to drag him home. As he was doing so, he shook him two or three times and said to him angrily, “We're going home now. I'll deal with you when we get there!”

Pinocchio, on hearing this, threw himself to the ground and refused to take another step. One person after another gathered around the mutinous child until a small crowd had formed.

“Poor puppet,” said one man. “I'm not surprised he doesn't want to go home. Geppetto's certainly not an abusive father, but there's no doubt that he'll give the boy a good spanking.”

“Geppetto's a good man,” added another, “but if we leave that poor puppet in his hands, who knows what he might do!”

Hearing these comments, the policeman suddenly ended matters by setting Pinocchio free and placing Geppetto under arrest! Then, hoping to disperse the crowd, he yelled, “Okay, break it up. Show's over.”

While poor old Geppetto was being led off to the police station, Pinocchio ran wildly through the town, taking one short cut after another toward home.

Chapter 2 “The Cricket”

On reaching home, Pinocchio found the front door ajar. He slipped into the house, locked the door behind him, and threw himself on the floor with a sigh of relief. But his happiness lasted only a short time, for just then he heard intermittent chirping sounds.

“Who's that?” asked Pinocchio.

“I'm a cricket who's been living in this room for many years!” answered the voice.

Pinocchio turned and saw a

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