The GREEN Fairy Book - online children's book

Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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gay and merry. The new queen, who also had a daughter, very soon sent for her to come to the palace. Turritella, for that was her name, had been brought up by her god­mother, the fairy Mazilla, but in spite of all the care be­stowed upon her she was neither beautiful nor gracious. Indeed, when the queen saw how ill-tempered and ugly she appeared beside Fiordelisa she was in despair, and did everything in her power to turn the king against his own daughter, in the hope that he might take a fancy to Turritella. One day the king said that it was time Fior­delisa and Turritella were married, so he would give one of them to the first suitable prince who visited his court. The queen answered:
"My daughter certainly ought to be the first to be married. She is older than yours and a thousand times more charming!"
The king, who hated disputes, said: "Very well; it's no affair of mine; settle it your own way."
Very soon after came the news that King Charming, who was the most handsome and magnificent prince in all the country round, was on his way to visit the king. As soon as the queen heard this she set all her jewelers, tailors, weavers, and embroiderers to work upon splendid dresses and ornaments for Turritella, but she told the king that Fiordelisa had no need of anything new, and the night before the king was to arrive she bribed her waiting-woman to steal away all the princess' own dresses and jewels, so that when the day came and Fiordelisa wished to adorn herself as became her high rank, not even a ribbon could she find.
However, as she easily guessed who had played her such a trick she made no complaint, but sent to the merchants for some rich stuffs. But they said that the queen had expressly forbidden them to supply her with any, and they dared not disobey. So the princess had nothing left to put on but the little white frock she had been wearing the day before; and dressed in that, she went down when the time of the king's arrival came and sat in a corner hoping to escape notice. The queen received her guest with great ceremony and presented him to her daughter, who was gorgeously attired, but so much splendor only made her ugliness more noticeable, and the king, after one glance at her, looked the other way. The queen, however, only
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