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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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24                       THE GREEN FAIRY BOOK.
he could possibly avoid it. It was he who had told Fiordelisa about the Chamber of Echoes when he was a blue bird. It was a little room below the king's own bed­chamber, and was so ingeniously built that the softest whisper in it was plainly heard in the king's room. Fiordelisa wanted to reproach him for his faithlessness, and could not imagine a better way than this. So when, by Turritella's orders, she was left there she began to weep and lament, and never ceased until daybreak.
The king's pages told Turritella, when she asked them, what sobbing and sighing they had heard, and she asked
Fiordelisa what it was all about. The queen answered that she often dreamed and talked aloud.
But by an unlucky chance the king heard nothing of all this, for he took a sleeping-draught every night before he lay down, and did not wake up until the sun was high.
The queen passed the day in great disquietude.
"If he did hear me," she said, "could he remain so cruelly indifferent? But if he did not hear me, what can I do to get another chance? I have plenty of jewels, it is true, but nothing remarkable enough to catch Turri­tella's fancy."
Just then she thought of the eggs and broke one, out of which came a little carriage of polished steel ornamented with gold and drawn by six green mice. The coachman
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