When the queen came to the tower, I turned her into a marble statue. Ha! I must say, I’m inspired by the pretty ornament. It will serve to mark the place where her precious king is imprisoned.
I think I’ll go to the Isle of Swans and turn all the queen’s people into marble, except for her lovely daughter. I’ll turn her into a tree, and make her stand in the Forest of Wonders. She can keep her own mind and awareness. That way, she’ll have nothing but to do but wonder at the power of Ismenor!
The Evil Magician Ismenor in The Blue Parrot, Olive Fairy Book. Picture by Franklin Booth.