The prince came to me with a pendant that bore the tiny portrait of a beautiful maiden. He wanted to know her whereabouts, and so I consulted my books. I was disheartened to discover that the maiden had been stolen by the prince’s own father. He is a renowned wizard who likes to turn himself into an eagle and fly around his country. One day, he saw the maiden in a barge, floating on a stream, and he snatched her right out of the boat and carried her away in his talons.
He has placed her in a castle surrounded by a thick cloud. I cannot see any way of getting in or out of it. But wait! There is a parrot who comes and goes. Let us see if we can catch him!
The Prince’s Fairy Godmother in The Wizard King, Yellow Fairy Book