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THE BLUE BIRD.                               37
"Find out the little kitchen-maid, and she will explain everything."
Then the king in a great hurry sent for his pages and said:
"If you can find the little kitchen-maid, bring her to me at once."
"Nothing could be easier, sire," they answered, "for she is in the Chamber of Echoes."
The king was very much puzzled when he heard this. How could the lovely Princess Fiordelisa be a little kitchen-maid? or how could a little kitchen-maid have Fiordelisa's own voice? So he dressed hastily and ran down a little secret staircase which led to the Chamber of Echoes. There, upon a heap of soft cushions, sat his lovely princess. She had laid aside all her ugly disguises and wore a white silken robe, and her golden hair shone in the soft lamplight. The king was overjoyed at the sight and rushed to throw himself at her feet, and asked her a thousand questions without giving her time to answer one. Fiordelisa was equally happy to be with him once more, and nothing troubled them but the remem­brance of the fairy Mazilla, But at this moment in came the enchanter, and with him a famous fairy, the same, in fact, who had given Fiordelisa the eggs. After greeting the king and queen, they said that as they were united in wishing to help King Charming, the fairy Mazilla had no longer any power against him, and he might marry Fior­delisa as soon as he pleased. The king's joy may be imagined, and as soon as it was day the news was spread through the palace, and everybody who saw Fiordelisa loved her directly. When Turritella heard what had happened she came running to the king, and when she saw Fiordelisa with him she was terribly angry, but before she could say a word the enchanter and the fairy changed her into a big brown owl, and she floated away out of one of the palace windows, hooting dismally. Then the wed­ding was held with great splendor, and King Charming and Queen Fiordelisa lived happily ever after.*
* " L'Oiseau Bleu." Par Mine. d'Aulnoy.
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