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Sir Stephan is a talkative fellow, so Ella learns all about his family, his dogs, etc. Sounds fascinating. Well, it's probably better than trout forks.
Ella is worried about missing the wedding, but her horse refuses to go any faster.
While they chat, Ella asks Sir Stephan what it's like to serve under Char. Apparently, it's not bad at all; the prince is a quick learner and kind-hearted. A bit on the serious side, but Sir Stephan has noticed that Ella sure seems to cheer him up.
See (says Sir Stephan), Ella acts natural, not like a courtier at all. Take that, Manners Mistress!
At night, Ella reads her fairy tale book and sees letters from Hattie and Olive to their mother, Dame Olga.
With unnecessary flourishes and misspellings, Hattie's letter complains (of course) that Ella was devious and deceitful despite how nice Hattie was to her. Ha. Right.
Olive's letter is poorly written to the point of almost being incomprehensible. She wishes Ella had taken her with her, or that people would at least follow her orders.
The next thing Ella reads is a story about the genie in Aladdin's lamp. What's weird is that the story focuses on how sad the genie is that he's forced to leave his lover and serve everyone who holds the lamp.
Gee, sounds a lot like Ella's situation. So much like it, in fact, that she starts crying.
By the third morning, things in the landscape are getting distinctly bigger: pumpkins as tall as Ella, or as big as carriages. (Guess we know where Cinderella's godmother got her pumpkin-carriage.
Whoa! You guys, we just got it: "Cinder Ella." Ella.
Anyway, moving on. They meet a giant who offers to take them to Uaaxee's farm for the wedding. See, giants are so kind and generous that they just love to meet strangers.
When they see the house about an hour before reaching it (that's how big it is!) Ella starts to get nervous. Her chance at freedom is approaching.