Carlo Collodi

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After they had gone another mile, Pinocchio heard

After they had gone another mile, Pinocchio heard the same little low voice saying to him:’Bear it in mind, simpleton! Boys who refuse to study, and turn their backs upon books, schools, and masters, to pass their time in play and amusements, sooner or later come to a bad end… I know it by experience… and I can tell you. A day will come when you will weep as I am weeping now… but then it will be too late!…’On hearing these words whispered very softly, the puppet, more frightened than ever, sprang down from the back of his donkey and went and took hold of his mouth.Imagine his surprise when he found that the donkey was crying… and he was crying like a boy!

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Are you not afraid of death?’I am not in the least a

Are you not afraid of death?’I am not in the least afraid!… I would rather die than drink that bitter medicine.’At that moment the door of the room flew open, and four rabbits as black as ink entered carrying on their shoulders a little bier.What do you want with me?’ cried Pinocchio, sitting up in bed in a great fright.We are come to take you,’ said the biggest rabbit.To take me?… But I am not yet dead!…’No, not yet: but you have only a few minutes to live, as you have refused the medicine that would have cured you of the fever.’Oh, Fairy, Fairy!’ the puppet then began to scream, ‘give me the tumbler at once… be quick, for pity’s sake, for I will not die–no… I will not die….

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