By Gail Carson Levine
How can a fairy's blessing be this kind of curse? At her beginning, Ella of Frell used to be given a silly fairy's gift—the "gift" of obedience. Ella needs to obey any order given to her, even if it is hopping on one foot for an afternoon or slicing off her personal head! yet strong-willed Ella doesn't tamely settle for her destiny. She is going on a quest, encountering ogres, giants, depraved stepsisters, fairy godmothers, and good-looking princes, made up our minds to wreck the curse—and dwell fortunately ever after.
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Char -- Prince Charmont -- saved him," I said. And saved me too. " The gnome bowed her head. " Hardly taller than I, she was much wider -- not stout, but wide, which is the direction gnomes grow after they reach adulthood. She was the most dignified personage I had ever seen, and the oldest (except for Mandy probably). Her wrinkles had wrinkles, small folds in deeper folds of leathery skin. Her eyes were deep set and their copper color was clouded. I curtsied, and wobbled. "I'm Ella," I said.
It didn't matter here. There were no thieves to steal it. "Ooooh," Olive said. " "No one would think you were a servant with that. It's very fine. " Hattie fingered the silver ropes. " Olive's fingers joined Hattie's. " I shifted out of their reach. "We wouldn't hurt it. May I try it on? " "No, you can't" "Oh, let me. " An order. " I asked. It slipped out I could have swallowed my tongue. Hattie's eyes glittered. "Yes, you have to. " "Just for a minute," I said, unclasping it I didn't delay. They mustn't see me struggle against the curse.
I wish you were coming home soon. Bertha and Nathan send their love, and I send mine, by the bushel, by the barrel, by the tun. S. Drink your Tonic. " Then I drank my Tonic. A centaur colt! A little beauty. If only I could see him, and pet him, and let him know me. The tears that hadn't come in the afternoon came now. Mandy would be desperate if she knew I hadn't eaten in three days and if she knew I was under the thumb of a monster like Hattie. *** THE NEXT morning, Music Mistress led us in song, and singled out my off-key voice.
Ella Enchanted (Trophy Newbery) by Gail Carson Levine