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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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18                       THE GREEN FAIRY BOOK.
"There are two!" answered King Charming, with a wry smile.
And then he told the whole story, accusing Fiordelisa of having betrayed the secret of his visits to make her peace with the queen, and indeed saying a great many hard things about her fickleness and her deceitful beauty, and so on. The enchanter quite agreed with him, and even went further, declaring that all princesses were alike, except perhaps in the matter of beauty, and advised him to have done with Fiordelisa and forget all about her. But somehow or other this advice did not quite please the king.
"What is to be done next?" said, the enchanter, "since you still have five years to remain a blue bird."
"Take me to your palace," answered the king. "There you can at least keep me in a cage safe from cats and swords."
"Well, that will be the best thing to do for the present," said his friend. "But I am not an enchanter for nothing. I'm sure to have a brilliant idea for you before long."
In the mean time Fiordelisa, quite in despair, sat at her window day and night calling her dear blue bird in vain, and imagining over and over again all the terrible things that could have happened to him, until she grew quite pale and thin. As for the queen and Turritella, they were triumphant; but their triumph was short, for the king,
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