ABSTRACT

By the start of Chapter 3 of The Adventures of Pinocchio,1 the character Pinocchio has still not yet been given a name. More importantly, he has not yet been carved. Carlo Collodi sets the scene by introducing Geppetto’s home, a small room at the bottom of a house under a staircase, with a single window to let in light.2 Collodi then describes the log that Geppetto has taken home with him. Crucially, it begins to give forth eager utterances that already offer an insight into the character and personality of Pinocchio, despite the fact that the character is not yet embodied as a puppet. The author produces a dialogue between Geppetto and the log, in which the log begins to taunt Geppetto.