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me. It may teach you that you should always remember the maxim that says you should treat everyone with kindness if you wish to be treated with kindness in return. For your own good, you should repeat that over and over until it's indelibly imprinted on your mind.”

“You're right, little cricket. But I don't need to repeat it over and over, for I've already learned that lesson well. Now, tell me, how did you come to own this pretty little cottage?”

“It was given to me yesterday by a little goat with blue hair.”

“Where did the goat go?” asked Pinocchio, suddenly excited.

“I don't know.”

“When will she be back?”

“She'll never come back. Yesterday she went away saying, ‘Poor Pinocchio, I shall never see him again. The shark must have eaten him by now.'”

“Were those her actual words? Tell me what she said verbatim.”

“That's exactly what she said.”

“Then it was she, my dear little fairy!” cried Pinocchio, sobbing bitterly. After he had cried for a long time, he wiped his eyes and then made a bed of straw for Geppetto. Finally, he said to the cricket, “Tell me, where can I find a glass of milk for my poor father?”

“A farmer lives three fields away from here. He has some cows. Go there and he'll give you what you want.”

Pinocchio went out into the yard, and, peering into the distance, saw a pastoral landscape at the center of which stood a little farmhouse.

With great determination, Pinocchio darted across the three fields until, out of breath, he arrived at the farmer's house. He knocked on the door, which was soon opened by the farmer himself.

“Yes?” the farmer asked.

“May I please have some milk for my poor father?”

“How much milk do you want?”

“One cupful.”

“A cup of milk costs a penny. First give me the penny.”

“I don't have one,” answered Pinocchio, sad and ashamed.

“That's too bad,” answered the farmer, “If you don't have a penny, I can't sell you any milk.”

“Never mind, then,” said Pinocchio with a sullen expression. He turned around and started to go.

“Wait a minute,” said the farmer. “Maybe we can work something out. Do you know how to draw water from a well?”

“I can try.”

“Then go to that well over there and draw a hundred buckets of water. After you've finished, I'll give you a cup of milk.”

“All right.”

The farmer took the puppet to the well and showed him how to turn the handle. Pinocchio set to work as best he could, but in a short time he was exhausted and dripping with sweat. He'd never worked so hard in his life.

“Until today,” said the farmer, “my donkey has drawn water for me, but now that poor animal is dying.”

“May I see him?” said Pinocchio.


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