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again into the sea. As he swam away, he called out, “Good-bye, and I wish you well.”

“Good-bye and thank you,” answered the dog. “I'll always be beholden to you for saving my life. If the chance ever comes, I'd like to reciprocate by doing something for you.”

Pinocchio waved good-bye, then went on swimming close to shore. At last he thought he'd reached a safe place. Glancing up and down the beach from the water, he saw a long column of smoke coming from an orifice in the rocks.

“That must be a cave,” he said to himself. “And in that cave there must be a fire. I'll dry my clothes and warm myself, and then…well, then we'll see.”

His mind made up, Pinocchio swam to the shore. But as he started to climb the rocks, he felt something under him lifting him up higher and higher. He tried to escape, but it was too late. To his great surprise, he found himself in a large net, among a huge number of fish of all kinds and sizes, who were fighting and struggling desperately to free themselves.

At the same time, he saw a fisherman come out of the cave—a fisherman so grotesque that Pinocchio thought he was a monster. His head was covered by a disheveled growth of stringy, wet, green seaweed. His body and eyes were also green, as was the long, tangled beard that reached down to his feet. He looked like a gigantic slimy lizard with legs and arms.

When the fisherman pulled the net out of the sea, he cried out joyfully, “Wonderful! Once more I'll have a fine meal of fish!”

“It's lucky I'm not a fish!” said Pinocchio to himself, trying with these words to find a little courage.

The fisherman took the net to the cave—a dark, dank, smoky place. In the middle of it, a pan full of oil and aromatic herbs sizzled over a fire.

“Now, let's see what kind of fish I've caught today,” said the fisherman. He put a hand as big as a shovel into the net and pulled out a handful of tuna.

“Fine fish, these tuna!” he said, after looking at them and smelling them with pleasure. After that, he threw them into a large, empty tub.

Many times he repeated this operation. As he pulled each fish out of the net, his mouth watered with the thought of the delectable dinner to come.

“Fine fish, these bass!”

“Very tasty, these mackerel!”

“Delicious flounders, these!”

“What splendid cod!”

“And look at this bevy of cute, little sardines! They'll complement the larger fish beautifully!”

The bass, mackerel, flounders, cod, and sardines all went together into the tub to keep the tuna company. The last

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