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we'll be free.”

They climbed up the shark's throat into the posterior portion of his gigantic mouth. Just then the monster suddenly sneezed, jolting them so violently that they fell back once again to where they'd started.

To make matters worse, the candle went out and the father and son were left in total darkness.

“Now what will we do?” asked Pinocchio.

“Now we're finished.”

“Why? Give me your hand, dear Father, and be careful not to slip!”

“Where are we going?”

“We have to try again. Come with me and don't be afraid.”

With these words Pinocchio took his father by the hand and they climbed up the monster's throat for a second time. They then crossed the tongue and climbed over the three rows of teeth. But before jumping into the sea, the puppet whispered to his father, “Climb on my back and hold on tightly to my neck. I'll do the rest.”

As soon as Geppetto was comfortably seated on his back, Pinocchio jumped into the water and started to swim.

Chapter 32 “A Real Live Boy”

“Father, we're free!” cried the puppet. “All we have to do now is get to shore, and that's easy.”

As he swam he suddenly noticed that Geppetto was trembling with fright.

“Have courage, Father! In a few minutes we'll be safe on land.”

“But where's the land?” asked the little old man, growing more and more worried. “I'm looking everywhere, and I see nothing but water.”

“I think I see land,” said the puppet. For his father's sake, Pinocchio pretended to be peaceful and cheerful—but he was actually far from that. He was beginning to feel discouraged, and his strength was leaving him. Breathing was becoming more and more difficult. He felt that he couldn't go on much longer.

He swam a few more strokes, then turned to Geppetto and cried out weakly, “Help me, Father! I'm dying!”

Father and son were about to drown when they heard a voice call from the sea, “What's the matter?”

“We can't go on!”

“I know that voice. You're Pinocchio.”

“Yes. And who are you?”

“I'm the tuna who was inside the shark with you.”

“How did you escape?”

“I copied what you did. You showed the way and I followed.”

“You've arrived just in time. I beg you! Help us or we're finished!”

“Of course. Climb onto my back, both of you. In a moment you'll be safe on land.”

As soon as they reached the shore, Pinocchio jumped to the ground to help his old father. Then he turned to the fish and said, “You've saved my father and me from catastrophe, and I can't find the words to thank you. May I give you a kiss as an expression of my gratitude?”

The tuna stuck his nose out of the water and Pinocchio knelt on the sand and kissed

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