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knowing that she sleeps in peace.”

"Thank you,” muttered Pinocchio, still weeping.

“Tell me, do you by chance know of a boy named Pinocchio?”

“Pinocchio! Did you say Pinocchio?” replied the puppet, jumping to his feet. “Why, I'm Pinocchio!”

At this answer, the pigeon flew swiftly to the ground.

“Then you know Geppetto also?”

“Do I know him? He's my father, my poor, dear father! Has he, perhaps, spoken to you of me? Will you take me to him? Is he still alive? Answer me, please! Is he still alive?”

“I can't affirm that. All I know is that I saw him three days ago on the seacoast.”

“What was he doing?”

“He was building a little boat and studying nautical charts. For the past four months, that poor man has been looking for you. Not having found you after an exhaustive search, he's made up his mind to embark on a sea voyage to look for you in distant lands.”

“How far is it from here to the shore?” asked Pinocchio anxiously.

“About fifty miles.”

“Fifty miles? Oh, dear pigeon, how I wish I had your wings!”

“If you want to come, I'll take you with me,” said the pigeon, who was atypically large.


“On my back. Are you very heavy?”

“Heavy? Not at all. I'm as light as a feather.”

“Okay, then.”

Saying nothing more, Pinocchio jumped on the pigeon's back. He was delighted to discover that its plumage was comfortably soft and thick.

The bird began its flight, and in a few minutes they'd reached the clouds. The puppet looked down to enjoy the scenic panorama just as they happened to be angling over a deep, rocky chasm. Suddenly losing his equilibrium, he clutched wildly at the pigeon's neck to keep himself from falling.

They flew all day without any further mishaps. Toward evening the pigeon said, “I'm very thirsty!”

“And I'm very hungry!” answered Pinocchio.

“Let's stop a few minutes at that big birdhouse down there. Then we can go on and be at the seashore in the morning.”

They flew down to the birdhouse, where they found nothing but a bowl of water and a small basket filled with sesame seeds.

Pinocchio had always hated sesame seeds. According to him, their pungent flavor made him sick. But that night he ate them eagerly. As he finished them, he turned to the pigeon and said, “I'd never have thought that sesame seeds could taste so good!”

“You must remember,” answered the pigeon, “that hunger is the ultimate sauce!”

After resting a few more minutes, they set out again. As they flew it became darker and darker until they could see nothing but blackness on the ground below. But by doing what migratory birds do—that is, relying on olfactory cues and noting lunar and stellar positions—the pigeon was able to stay firmly on course. Early the

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