Oct 18, 2009

The little mermaid I







In calm weather the sun could be seen, looking like a purple flower, with the light streaming from the calyx. 

When you have reached your fifteenth year, said the grand-mother, you will have permission to rise up out of the sea, to sit on the rocks in the moonlight, while the great ships are sailing by; and then you will see both forests and towns.

None of them longed so much for her turn to come as the youngest, she who had the longest time to wait, and who was so quiet and thoughtful.

Often, in the evening hours, the five sisters would twine their arms round each other, and rise to the surface, in a row. 

When the sisters rose, arm-in-arm, through the water in this way, their youngest sister would stand quite alone, looking after them, ready to cry, only that the mermaids have no tears, and therefore they suffer more. 

Oh, were I but fifteen years old, said she: I know that I shall love the world up there, and all the people who live in it.

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