| Quote #1
When I opened it, instead of a fairy tale, I found an illustration of Mandy! (8.15)
Ella's fairy tale book is wicked cool: it contains not only fairy tales but also letters that other people have written, glimpses of other people's lives, and journal entries. It's a totally helpful and possibly illegal way for Ella (and us) to gain insight into what other people are thinking and doing.
| Quote #2
In the morning, Slannen asked me to show my book to the other elves. To them, it was written in Elfian. They were enchanted and might have read all day, except that Slannen stopped them. (13.47)
Ella's fairy-made book has something for everyone in it—you see what you want to see. It's like a pre-modern iPad, fully loaded with apps.
| Quote #3
I dropped the letter, afraid to read on. If Father wrote I must marry the earl, I would have to do it. (19.66)
Reading can be dangerous: if Ella reads a direct order addressed to her, she'll have to carry it out, willing or not. So, we get the idea that writing and speech are really closely related. What's written down can have the same effect as what's said.