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Les aventures de Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

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Cria tout à coup Geppetto. Il se leva, enfila son vieux manteau de futaine tout rapiécé et sortit de la maison en courant. Il revint vite. Il tenait à la main un abécédaire pour son fiston. En revanche, il n’avait plus de manteau. Le pauvre homme était en bras de chemise et, dehors, il neigeait. – Et ton manteau, papa ? – Je l’ai vendu. – Mais pourquoi ? – Il me tenait trop chaud. Pinocchio avait bon cœur. Comprenant à demi-mot, il sauta au cou de Geppetto et lui couvrit le visage de baisers.

D’ici à demain, tu aurais pu transformer tes cinq sequins en deux mille – insista le Renard. – En deux mille ! – répéta le Chat. – Tant que cela ? Comment est-ce possible ? – s’étonna Pinocchio, éberlué. – Je vais te l’expliquer – dit le Renard. Sache donc qu’au Pays-des-Nigauds il y a un champ sacré que tout le monde appelle le Champ des miracles. Dans ce champ, tu creuses un petit trou et tu y mets, par exemple, un sequin d’or. Tu combles le trou avec de la terre, tu l’arroses avec deux seaux d’eau, tu jettes une pincée de sel et tu rentres tranquillement te mettre au lit.

Tu n’as qu’à lire la pancarte. C’est écrit dessus. – Je la lirais bien volontiers mais il se trouve qu’aujourd’hui je ne sais pas lire. – Pauvre ignorant ! Moi, je vais te la lire. Sache donc que, sur cette pancarte, il est écrit en lettres rouges comme du feu : « GRAND THEATRE DE MARIONNETTES » – Et il y a longtemps que le spectacle a commencé ? – Il commence. – Pour entrer, combien ça coûte ? – Quatre sous. Pinocchio, dévoré par la curiosité, perdit toute retenue. Toute honte bue, il demanda au jeune garçon : - 33 - – Tu pourrais me prêter quatre sous jusqu’à demain ?

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