THE GREEN FAIRY BOOK.
grave or gay it did not matter—she did not seem to know what they meant; and every one who heard her said:
"She certainly sings perfectly; but there is no tenderness, no heart in her voice."
Poor Sabella! how could there be when her heart was far away on the Ice Mountain? And it was just the same with all the other things that she did. As time went on, in spite of the admiration of the whole court and the blind fondness of the king and queen, it became more and more evident that something was fatally wrong, for those who love no one cannot long be loved; and at last the king called a general assembly and invited the fairies to attend, that they might,if possible, find out what was the matter. After explaining their grief as well as he could he ended by begging them to see the princess for themselves.
"It is certain," said he, "that something is wrong— what it is I don't know how to tell you, but in some way your work is imperfect."
They all assured him that so far as they knew everything had been done for the princess, and they had forgotten nothing that they could bestow on so good a neighbor as the king had been to them. After this they went to see Sabella; but they had no sooner entered her presence than they cried out with one accord:
"Oh! horror—she has no heart!"
On hearing this frightful announcement the king and queen gave a cry of despair and entreated the fairies to find some remedy for such an unheard-of misfortune. Thereupon the eldest fairy consulted her book of magic, which she always carried about with her, hung to her girdle by a thick silver chain, and there she found out at once that it was Gorgonzola who had stolen the princess' heart, and also discovered what the wicked old fairy had done with it.
"What shall we do? What shall we do?" cried the king and queen in one breath.
"You must certainly suffer much annoyance from seeing and loving Sabella, who is nothing but a beautiful image," replied the fairy, "and this must go on for a long time; but I think I see that in the end she will once more regain her heart. My advice is that you shall at once cause°her portrait to be sent all over the world, and promise her hand and all her possessions to the prince who is success-