A boy's appetite grows very fast, and in a few moments the queer, empty feeling had become hunger, and the hunger grew bigger and bigger, until soon he was as ravenous as a bear.
When poverty shows itself, even mischievous boys understand what it means.
How it happened that Mastro Cherry, carpenter, found a piece of wood that wept and laughed like a child.
Once upon a time there was a piece of wood. It was not an expensive piece of wood. Far from it. Just a common block of firewood, one of those thick, solid logs that are put on the fire in winter to make cold rooms cozy and warm.
How ridiculous I was as a Marionette! And how happy I am, now that I have become a real boy!