Battle Episode from Pinocchio,
An unusual addition to the story.
see Pinocchio Miscellaneous

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In the City of Simple Simon, the Judge, being a babboon. throws Pinocchio in jail for having been robbed by the Fox. From his cell Pinnochio hears yelling in the streets.

JAILER: The emperor is getting ready for battle. We are being attacked.
PINOCCHIO: Attacked? By whom?
JAILER: The army of Admiral Damon advances toward us. Our people will fight for Emperor Charles.
PINOCCHIO: Oh, Wayne. Think of all the nobles dressed in armour. What a beautiful sight to see.
JAILER: Yes. But we're still stuck here in this dungeon.
PINOCCHIO: No, let's follow. No one will ever know. I swear I won't run away. We'll come back here when it's over.
JAILER: Alright. But stay behind me. Don't let them see you.

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MESSENGER: Your majesty, the enemy has landed on our shores. They are headed toward us. Some are men, but most are more animal than man.

CHARLES: We shall march toward them and engage battle in the plain. Lord Mallory, I name you flag bearer for this expedition. I entrust you with the keeping of the banner.
MALLORY: Sire, I thank you for this honor. I swear to fulfill my duty bravely. Wherever you see this flag waving, there will be a pile of the enemy at my feet.
CHARLES:Lord Terry, follow me. Let's make haste to meet these mercenaries.

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The battle begins. Puppets fly freely about, flung one against another. Are they fighting or dancing? The fight scene is the piece de resistance of rod marionettry.

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The battle wages fierce. Admiral Damon spots the Emperor Charles.

DAMON: My friends, see that knight with an imperial crown of gold on his head? That is the Emperor Charles the IV in person. To me his crown; to me his empire, because I want to be crowned emperor of this beautiful island.

Damon's army is winning.


MALLORY: What a dreadful day! Never will Charles be able to repel the assault. I won't expose myself any longer to the blows of these beasts. So much for this flag. (throws flag away) I'm getting out of here.

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Pinocchio catches Mallory deserting.

PINOCCHIO: Mallory! Why are you leaving the field and abandonning your Emperor in the midst of a battle?
MALLORY: Young man, I know better than you do what to expect here. The Emperor is powerless. He will never be able to vanquish this host.
PINOCCHIO: Traitor! Coward! Give me that armour that you are unworthy to wear.
Pinocchio takes away Mallory's armour. He wears it himself.

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Pinocchio fights an evil bird and defeats it.

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Charles gets surrounded by the enemy. Pinocchio, disguised in Mallory's armour, rescues him. Charles thinks Mallory has saved his life.

CHARLES: Bravo, bravo Mallory. They said you had betrayed me, but I see it is not true. Ah, I haven't yet had to say good-bye to my precious island.

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A flying skeleton tries to scare Pinocchio, but cannot.

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DAMON: (afraid of Pinocchio)Twice I held the Emperor Charles at my mercy and twice a demon from hell came and stole him right out of my hands. This devil is knocking down everything. All are falling before him. With every blow he sends a head flying, an arm, a torso split to the waist. Look out, here he comes! (Pinocchio enters) It's him! Run for your life!

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ENEMY SOLDIER (stopped while fleeing): Demon, spare my life.

PINOCCHIO: Who are you that I should spare you?
ENEMY SOLDIER: I serve Damon, Lord of eastern Greece.
PINOCCHIO: Granted your life. But on condition that you be gone from this island before the sun sinks into the sea.
ENEMY SOLDIER: I promise.

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CHARLES: Valiant Mallory, what could I offer you that would not be beneath your merit?

JAILER: Your majesty, with whom do you think you are speaking? Lord Mallory is a coward, a traitor. He ran away when the battle got rough. This fellow you are speaking to is none other than the prisoner Pinocchio.
(enter Charles' soldiers)
SOLDIERS: Sire, where is the valiant Mallory? We have come to pay him hommage for the courage he displayed against the invaders.
CHARLES: My lords, bestoy no glory on Mallory. He has shown himself today a coward, noble blood or not. Your liberator was a humble traveler held here as prisoner, Pinocchio. Pinocchio, you have saved the island. You are immediately released.
PINOCCHIO: Hooray!

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On the road again.
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