Exerpt from C.E.Cornwell’s The Little Mermaid series. (original text below)
"Then it seemed as if a two-edged sword went through her delicate body: she fell into a swoon,[…] and felt a sharp pain; but just before her stood the handsome young prince. He fixed his coal-black eyes upon her so earnestly that she cast down her own, and then became aware that her fish’s tail was gone, and that she had as pretty a pair of white legs and tiny feet as any little maiden could have; but she had no clothes, so she wrapped herself in her long, thick hair. The prince asked her who she was and she looked at him mildly and sorrowfully with her deep blue eyes; but she could not speak.“
Today we retell Hans Chistian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid with all-new original illustrations. I have included exerpts from the original 1836 text as well, for your viewing pleasure.
“She […] managed to reach the young prince, who was fast losing the power of swimming in that stormy sea. His limbs were failing him, his beautiful eyes were closed, and he would have died had not the little mermaid come to his assistance. She held his head above the water, and let the waves drift them where they would.”