Ella Enchanted Author:Gail Carson Levine In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles aganist the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her. — The curse of obedience...anyone could control me with an order. It had to be a direct command, such as "Put on a shaw," or "You must go to bed now." A wish or a request had no effect. I was free to ignore... more » "I wish you would put on a shaw," or "Why don't you go to bed now?" But aganist an order I was powerless.
If someone told me to hop on one foot for a day and a half, I'd have to do it. And hopping on one foot wasn't the worst order I could be given. If you commanded me to cut off my own head, I'd have to do it.