But after a few days, something was odd. “Where did all the boys go?” asked the Cricket.
“All I see now are donkeys,” said Pinocchio.
“I must say, there used to be more boys around here,” said the Cricket.
Just then, one of Pinocchio’s ears popped into a donkey ear. Then his other ear popped into a donkey ear, too.
“Oh!” cried the Cricket. “What is happening to you?”
“HONK!” said Pinocchio.
Pinocchio and the Cricket saw a line of donkeys led by a dark stranger onto a truck.
“Oh, no!” said the Cricket. “Now I get it! Boys get turned into donkeys here. Then the donkeys are sold! Pinocchio, we have to get you out of here, fast — while we still can!”
“Let’s go – HONK!” said Pinocchio. His two feet had popped into four.
“Run, quick!” said the Cricket. One good thing about Pinocchio’s new four legs is he could run very fast!
Quickly they ran out of Pleasure Island. Soon they were at a dock by the ocean.
“Please sir!” Pinocchio called out to a man by the dock.
“I am looking for an old man named Geppetto. Do you know him? – HONK!”
“Sounds like you are getting a bad cold,” said the man.
“Hmm, Geppetto. That’s the old man whose son left one morning and did not come back.
He went out on a boat to look for him. No one has seen the poor fellow since.”
“Oh no! This is all my fault – HONK!” said Pinocchio. “I must look for my father!”
Pinocchio jumped off the dock into the ocean. The Cricket jumped in too, close behind.
Most of Pinocchio was still made of wood, so he could float in the ocean.
“Father!” he called out, paddling the water with his arms. “Father!” but there was no answer.
“爸爸！” 他喊道，用手臂划动着水。“爸爸！” 没人回应。
All Pinocchio could see around him was blue water, everywhere.
Until – what was that, far away? Something was rushing towards him. Something big, and very fast!
In a moment, a giant whale was upon them. It opened its giant jaws and with one gulp, swallowed Pinocchio!
Rushing inside with all the sea water tumbled Pinocchio and the Cricket.