Blue Fairy and Blue Bird
A wealthy king with a daughter
called Florine loses his wife.
He then falls in love with a woman
who has a daughter called Truitonne.
Florine beautiful & kind-hearted,
Truitonne ugly and spoiled.
Both daughter and queen
were jealous of Florine.
One day the king arranges
marriages for his daughters.
Prince Charming sees both daughters
but falls in love with Florine.
The angry queen dresses Truitonne
in the finest but bribes Florine’s
ladies in waiting to steal her garments.
She also badgers the king to lock Florine
in the tower to hide her from the prince.
Then sends him gifts from Truitonne
which he refuses and demands
to see Florine and proposes.
Desperate, Truitonne conspires
with fairy godmother Mazilla
who threatens to curse the prince
into a blue bird if he refuses
to marry princess Truitonne.
At the wedding the prince
faces princess’ Truitonne
who shows him his
ring to hold him to his promise
of marrying her since
she was the one the prince
met in the tower not Florine.
Prince Charming realizes
he has been tricked, and
refuses to marry her.
Truitonne and Mazilla try
to persuade him while
Mazilla transforms the prince
into a blue bird and Florine
is blamed for losing the prince.
The king locks Florine
in the tower until she comes
back to her senses.
Every evening the bluebird flies
to the tower and talks to Florine.
Years later the bluebird visits
her bringing her rich gifts of jewels.
Until one day, the queen sees
the blue bird talking with Florine.
She opens the window
the bird escapes but she discovers
the jewelry and accuses
Florine of treason, but bird saves
her from the queen’s plots.
Florine stops calling the bluebird
fearing the queen's spies.
But one night, she calls the bluebird
a spy hears and tells the Queen.
The Queen orders for the fir tree,
where the bird perches,
to be covered with sharp edges
of glass and metal. The prince
is fatally wounded can’t fly
Florine calls for the bluebird
but he doesn’t answer Florine
so she believes the prince
betrayed her and he cries.
A blue fairy hears the prince
and rescues him from the tree.
The blue fairy persuades Mazilla
to change Prince Charming back
into a man for a few months,
after which if he still refuses
to marry princess Truitonne
he will become a bird again.
One day, the king dies
and the people demand Florine's
release but the queen resists
so they kill her and Truitonne
runs and goes into hiding with Mazilla.
Princess Florine becomes queen
and begins preparations
to find herself a Prince.
Disguised as a peasant woman,
she meets the blue fairy
who informs her the Prince
is no longer a bluebird
because he is marrying Truitonne.
The blue fairy gives
her four magical eggs.
The first egg she uses
to climb a great hill of ivory.
The second contains a chariot
pulled by doves that brings
her to the Prince's castle,
but she can not reach the Prince
in her disguise so She offers to sell
to Truitonne the finest jewelry
that the prince had given her,
and Truitonne shows it to the Prince
to find out the proper price.
He recognizes it as the jewelry
he gave to Florine and is saddened.
Truitonne returns to Florine,
who will sell them only for a night
in the Chamber of Echoes
which the Prince had told
her of one night: whatever she says
in there will be heard in the prince's room.
She reproaches him for leaving her
and laments all night long,
but he has taken a sleeping
potion, and does not hear her.
She breaks the third egg
and finds a tiny coach drawn by mice.
Again, she trades it for the Chamber of Echoes,
and laments all the night
long again, but only the pages hear her.
The next day, she opens the last egg
and it holds a pie with six singing birds.
She gives it to a page, who tells her
that the Prince takes sleeping potions at night.
She bribes the page with the singing birds
and tells him not to give the Prince
a sleeping potion that night.
The Prince, being awake, hears Florine
and runs to the Chamber of Echoes.
Recognizing his beloved, he throws
himself at her feet and they are joyfully reunited.
The blue fairy reassures
them that she can prevent Mazilla
from harming them, but when Truitonne
attempts to interfere, the blue fairy
turns her into a sow.
Prince Charming and Queen Florine
are married and live happily ever after.
This is my poetic adaptation of Andrew Lang's Blue Bird. The Blue fairy book is one volume from a fairy tale set of 12 books by color.
Together with Madame d’Aulnoy Andrew traveled all over to collect these stories. The first edition consisted of 5000 copies, which sold for six shillings each. The book assembled a wide range of tales, with seven from the Brothers Grimm, five from Madame d'Aulnoy, three from the Arabian Nights, and four Norwegian fairytales, among other sources. The Blue Fairy Book consisted of the following stories:
• The Blue Bird
• The Bronze Ring
• Prince Hyacinth and the Dear Little Princess
• East of the Sun and West of the Moon
• The Yellow Dwarf
• Little Red Riding Hood
• The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood
• Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper
• Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp
• The Tale of a Youth Who Set Out to Learn What Fear Was
• Beauty and the Beast
• The Master Maid
• Why the Sea Is Salt
• The Master Cat or Puss in Boots
• Felicia and the Pot of Pinks
• The White Cat
• The Water-lily. The Gold-spinners
• The Terrible Head
• The Story of Pretty Goldilocks
• The History of Whittington
• The Wonderful Sheep
• Little Thumb
• The Forty Thieves
• Hansel and Gretel
• Snow-White and Rose-Red
• The Goose-girl
• Toads and Diamonds
• Prince Darling
• Trusty John
• The Brave Little Tailor
• A Voyage to Lilliput
• The Princess on the Glass Hill
• The Story of Prince Ahmed and the Fairy Paribanou
• The History of Jack the Giant-killer
• The Black Bull of Norway
• The Red Etin