1. What gift does the fairy Lucinda give to Ella when she is born? How does the gift backfire?
When Ella is born, the fairy Lucinda decides to give her the gift of obedience so that she will always be a good little girl. However, the gift backfires into a curse as Ella is forced to obey even casual orders given to her, no matter who gives them.
2. How do Ella's mother and Mandy react to the gift bestowed on baby Ella? Why can't the magic be undone?
Ella's mother, Eleanor, and Mandy the cook are both horrified by the gift bestowed on Ella by Lucinda. Lucinda refuses to undo her gift, and Eleanor and Mandy realize that they cannot undo the magic which someone else has cast. They thinks that perhaps someday Ella will be able to break the magic herself.
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