en-de  Tonino the Invisible Easy
Tonino der Unsichtbare - von Gianni Rodari, aus "Favole al telefono", "Märchen am Telefon", 1961, übersetzt aus dem Italienischen (ins Englische).

Es gab einmal einen Jungen namens Tonino, der zur Schule ging, ohne gelernt zu haben und befürchtete, der Lehrer würde ihn befragen.

"Ah - sagte er zu sich selbst - könnte ich doch unsichtbar werden ... " Der Lehrer rief die Namen der Schüler auf und als er bei Toninos Namen angelangt war, antwortete der Junge:"Anwesend." Aber niemand hörte ihn und der Lehrer sagte :"Wie schade, dass Tonino nicht hier ist, ich habe darüber nachgedacht, ihn zu befragen." Falls er krank ist, hoffen wir, es ist nichts Ernstes.

So begriff Tonino, dass er unsichtbar geworden war, wie er es sich gewünscht hatte. Voller Freude, sprang er von seinem Stuhl auf und landete im Mülleimer. Er stand auf und er ging in der Klasse herum, er zog Leuten hier und da an den Haaren und schüttete Tintenfässer aus. Es gab laute Proteste und endlose Auseinandersetzungen. Schulkinder warfen sich gegenseitig den Unfug vor; sie konnten nicht vermuten, dass der Täter eigentlich der unsichtbare Tonino war.

Als er dieses Spiels überdrüssig geworden war, verließ Tonino die Schule und nahm die Straßenbahn, natürlich ohne eine Fahrkarte zu bezahlen, denn der Fahrer konnte ihn ja nicht sehen. Er fand einen Platz und setzte sich hin. An der nächsten Haltestelle kam eine Frau mit ihrer Einkaufstasche in die Straßenbahn und versuchte sich nur auf einen Platz zu setzen, der in ihren Augen leer aussah. Stattdessen setzte sie sich auf Toninos Knie; er erstickte fast. Die Frau schrie:"Was ist das für ein Trick?" Kann man hier nicht mal mehr sitzen? Schau, ich setze die Tasche ab und sie bleibt in der Luft hängen.

In Wirklichkeit wurde die Tasche auf Toninos Knien hingestellt. Es gab viele Diskussionen und fast alle Fahrgäste äußerten hitzige Worte gegen die Straßenbahngesellschaft.

Tonino ist im Zentrum ausgestiegen, ging in eine Bäckerei und fing an zu nehmen, was er haben wollte. Mit beiden Händen fischte er zwischen Brötchen, Schokoladeneclairs und allen möglichen Kuchen. Die Verkäuferin, die das Gebäck von der Theke verschwinden sah, beschuldigte einen würdigen Herrn, der Süßigkeiten mit einem Loch für eine alte Tante gekauft hatte. Der Herr protestierte, "Ich, ein Dieb? Sie wissen nicht, mit wem Sie reden. Wissen Sie nicht, wer mein Vater war. Wissen Sie nicht, wer mein Großvater war!

"Das will ich gar nicht wissen," sagte die Verkäuferin.

"Wie können Sie es wagen, meinen Großvater zu beleidigen!"

Es war ein furchtbarer Streit. Die Wachleute kamen hereingerannt. Tonino der Unsichtbare schlüpfte zwischen den Beinen des Leutnants hindurch und ging zur Schule zurück, um seine Kameraden zu treffen, wenn sie herauskamen. Tatsächlich sah er sie weggehen, oder eher wie ein Schneeball die Schultreppen herunterrollen, aber sie sahen ihn überhaupt nicht. Tonino versuchte vergeblich, den einen oder anderen zu jagen oder an den Haaren seines Freundes Roberto zu ziehen oder seinem Freund Guiscardo einen Lutscher zu geben. Sie sahen ihn nicht, sie hörten überhaupt nicht, sie schauten durch ihn hindurch, als ob er aus Glas gemacht wäre.

Müde und ein bisschen entmutigt ging Tonino nach Hause. Seine Mutter wartete auf ihn auf dem Balkon. "Ich bin hier, Mama!" rief Tonino. Aber weder sah sie noch hörte sie ihn und schaute ängstlich auf die Straße hinter ihm.

"Hier bin ich, Papa", sagte Tonino, als er zu Hause war und an seinem gewohnten Platz am Tisch saß.
Aber sein Vater murmelte beunruhigt: "Ich frage mich, warum Tonino so spät ist." Hoffentlich hatte er keinen Unfall?"

"Aber ich bin hier, ich bin hier! Mama, Papa!" rief Tonino. Aber sie hörten seine Stimme nicht.

Tonino begann zu weinen, aber was nützen all die Tränen, wenn niemand sie sehen kann?

"Ich will nie wieder unsichtbar sein", klagte Tonino, erschüttert von Kummer. "Ich will, dass mein Vater mich sieht, meine Mutter mich ausschimpft und der Lehrer mich befragt! Ich möchte mit meinen Freunden spielen! Es ist schlimm, unsichtbar zu sein, es ist schlimm, allein zu sein."

Er ging hinaus, die Treppe hinunter und langsam hinunter in den Garten.

"Warum weinst du?" fragte ein alter Mann, der auf einer Bank in der Sonne saß.

"Aber können Sie mich sehen?" fragte Tonino sehr ängstlich.

-. "Ja, ich sehe dich. Ich sehe dich jeden Tag zur Schule gehen und wieder zurückkommen."

"Aber ich habe Sie nie gesehen."

"Ja, ich weiß. Niemand bemerkt mich. Ein pensionierter alter Mann, ganz allein, warum sollten Kinder ihn ansehen? Für dich bin ich wie der unsichtbare Mann.

- "Tonino!" rief seine Mutter vom Balkon aus herunter.

"Mama, kannst du mich sehen?"
"Nun, ich würde blind sein müssen, um dich nicht zu sehen.
Komm schon, komm schon, und du wirst hinhören, was dein Vater zu sagen hat."

"Ich komme, Mama" rief Tonino freudig.
"Hast du keine Angst, dass du Prügel bekommst?" lachte der alte Mann.

Tonino warf seine Arme um den Hals des Mannes und gab ihm einen Kuss. "Du hast mich gerettet", sagte er

"Ah, was für eine Übertreibung", sagte der alte Mann.
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If he is sick, we hope it's nothing serious.
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So Tonino understood that he had become invisible, as he had desired.
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Full of joy, he leaped from his chair and ended up in the trash can.
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There were noisy protests and endless arguments.
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He found a place and sat down.
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Instead she sat on Tonino's knees; he almost suffocated.
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The lady shouted: - What kind of trick is this?
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You cannot even sit here anymore?
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Look, I put the bag down and it remains suspended in the air.
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The bag was actually placed on Tonino's knees.
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Tonino got off in the town center, and into a bakery and started to take what he wanted.
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He fished with both hands between rolls, chocolate eclairs and all kinds of cakes.
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The gentleman protested – I, a thief?
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You do not know to who you're talking.
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Don’t you know who my father was.
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Don’t you know who my grandfather was!
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- I do not want to know, - said the saleswoman.
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- How dare you insult my grandfather!
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It was a terrible fight.
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The guards came running in.
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They did not see him, they did not listen at all, they looked through him like he was made of glass.
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Tired and a little discouraged Tonino went home.
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His mother was waiting for him on the balcony.
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- I'm here, Mom!
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– Tonino shouted.
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But she did not see him nor hear him, and looked anxiously at the road behind him.
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- Here I am, Dad, - said Tonino, when he was home, sitting at his usual place at the table.
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- But his father murmured uneasily: - I wonder why Tonino's so late.
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Hopefully he hasn't had an accident?
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- But I'm here, I'm here!
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Ma, Dad!
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- Tonino shouted.
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But they didn’t hear his voice.
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Tonino began to cry, but what good are tears, when no one can see them?
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- I never want to be invisible again - complained Tonino, devastated by grief.
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- I want my father to see me, my mother scolding me, and the teacher questioning me!.
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I want to play with my friends!
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It's bad to be invisible, it's bad to be alone.
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He went out down the stairs and went slowly down to the garden.
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- Why are you crying?
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- Asked an old man sitting on a bench in the sun.
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- But you can see me?
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- Tonino asked, very anxious.
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-.
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Yes, I see you.
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I see you go to school every day and come back again.
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- But I've never seen you.
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- Yes I know.
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Nobody notices me.
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A retired old man, all alone, why should children look at him?
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For you I am like the invisible man.
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- “Tonino!“ - Called his mother from the balcony.
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- Mom, can you see me?
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- Well, I'd have to be blind not to see you.
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Come on, come on and you will have listen to what your father has to say.
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- I'm coming, Mom - Tonino shouted, joyfully.
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- Are you not afraid you'll get a spanking?
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- laughed the old man.
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Tonino threw his arms around the man’s neck and gave him a kiss.
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- You saved me, - he said.
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- Ah, what an exaggeration, - said the old man.
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Tonino the Invisible - by Gianni Rodari, from "Favole al telefono", "Fairy tales on the phone," 1961, translated from Italian.

There once was a boy named Tonino, who went to school without having studied his lesson and was worried that the teacher would question him.

"Ah - he told himself - if I could become invisible …"

The teacher called out the names of the students, and when he arrived at Tonino’s name, the boy replied: - present - but nobody heard him, and the teacher said - What a shame that Tonino is not here, I thought about questioning him. If he is sick, we hope it's nothing serious.

So Tonino understood that he had become invisible, as he had desired. Full of joy, he leaped from his chair and ended up in the trash can. He stood up and walked around the class, he pulled people here and there by the hair and spilled ink pots. There were noisy protests and endless arguments. Schoolchildren accused each other of mischief; they could not suspect that, in fact, the culprit was the invisible Tonino.

When he got tired of that game, Tonino left the school and got on a tram, obviously without paying for a ticket because the driver could not see him. He found a place and sat down. At the next stop a lady with her shopping bag got on the tram and just started sitting in a place, which looked empty in her eyes. Instead she sat on Tonino's knees; he almost suffocated. The lady shouted: - What kind of trick is this? You cannot even sit here anymore? Look, I put the bag down and it remains suspended in the air.

The bag was actually placed on Tonino's knees. There was lots of discussion, and almost all the passengers voiced fiery words against the streetcar company.

Tonino got off in the town center, and into a bakery and started to take what he wanted. He fished with both hands between rolls, chocolate eclairs and all kinds of cakes. The saleswoman, who saw the pastry disappear from the counter, accused a worthy gentleman who had bought candy with a hole in them for an old aunt. The gentleman protested – I, a thief? You do not know to who you're talking. Don’t you know who my father was. Don’t you know who my grandfather was!

- I do not want to know, - said the saleswoman.

- How dare you insult my grandfather!

It was a terrible fight. The guards came running in. Tonino the invisible slipped between the legs of the lieutenant and went back to school to meet his companions as they came out. Indeed, he saw them leave, or rather rolling down from the steps of the school like a snowball, but they never saw him. Tonino tried in vain to chase one or the other, or to pull his friend Roberto’s hair, or to give a lollipop to his friend Guiscardo. They did not see him, they did not listen at all, they looked through him like he was made of glass.

Tired and a little discouraged Tonino went home. His mother was waiting for him on the balcony. - I'm here, Mom! – Tonino shouted. But she did not see him nor hear him, and looked anxiously at the road behind him.

- Here I am, Dad, - said Tonino, when he was home, sitting at his usual place at the table.
- But his father murmured uneasily: - I wonder why Tonino's so late. Hopefully he hasn't had an accident?

- But I'm here, I'm here! Ma, Dad! - Tonino shouted. But they didn’t hear his voice.

Tonino began to cry, but what good are tears, when no one can see them?

- I never want to be invisible again - complained Tonino, devastated by grief. - I want my father to see me, my mother scolding me, and the teacher questioning me!. I want to play with my friends! It's bad to be invisible, it's bad to be alone.

He went out down the stairs and went slowly down to the garden.

- Why are you crying? - Asked an old man sitting on a bench in the sun.

- But you can see me? - Tonino asked, very anxious.

-. Yes, I see you. I see you go to school every day and come back again.

- But I've never seen you.

- Yes I know. Nobody notices me. A retired old man, all alone, why should children look at him? For you I am like the invisible man.

- “Tonino!“ - Called his mother from the balcony.

- Mom, can you see me?
- Well, I'd have to be blind not to see you.
Come on, come on and you will have listen to what your father has to say.

- I'm coming, Mom - Tonino shouted, joyfully.
- Are you not afraid you'll get a spanking? - laughed the old man.

Tonino threw his arms around the man’s neck and gave him a kiss. - You saved me, - he said.

- Ah, what an exaggeration, - said the old man.