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left her all alone. She lived in the woods all the summer, where the birds used to sing to her ; but when winter came she was cold and hungry, and she knocked at the door of the Field Mouse, and asked for some barleycorns.
The Field Mouse took her in and was very kind to her ; but she wanted to make Little Totty marry an ugly old Mole, who used to come to visit her, and the poor
little maiden was very unhappy, because she did not like the Mole.
One day, just before she was to be married to the Mole, she went out into the fields to bid the bright sun good bye (for the sun does not shine into moles’ houses), when she saw a little Swallow whose life she had saved, and to whom she had been very kind; and she told him all her trouble. Then the kind bird invited Little Totty to seat herself on his back, which she gladly did, and he flew away to the warm lands where it is always sunshiny, except at night.
Then he put her down on a beautiful large white flower like a convolvulus, only prettier, and to her
great surprise there sat a little man as transparent as glass, with wings, and a golden crown on his head; and he was no bigger than herself !
This was the King of the Flowers. In every flower in that part of the world dwelt a little man; but this one was King of them all.
When he saw the Swallow he was frightened, for he was quite a gigantic bird to the little King; but lie was very glad to see Little Totty. He asked her name, and if she would be his wife, and then she would be Queen of the Flowers; and when she said “yes,” (for he was much nicer than the Toad or the Mole) he took his golden crown off, and put it on her head. And every flower sent forth its little Fairy, who brought her a present; but the best gift of all was a pair of beautiful wings, which they fastened to Little Totty's back, so that she could fly from flower to flower. So the tiny maiden married the Flower Fairy, and lives in a lily-bell
, which is quite as big a house as is required by Queen Totty.