“The Little Mermaid” illustrated by Junichi Nakahara
Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” (1837)
Andersen’s tale holds a special place in my heart. It is truly beautiful.
The witch tells the Little Mermaid: “Your tail will part and shrink into what humans call nice shapely legs but it will hurt just as if a sharp sword were passing through you. Every step you take will be like treading on a knife sharp enough to cause your blood to flow.”
Every footstep felt as if she were walking on the blades and points of sharp knives, just as the witch had foretold. When the Little Mermaid finally stands face to face with her beloved prince, her new feet, which she has traded with her lovely voice, bleed. The prince does not notice it, and she does not complain.- “The Little Mermaid”, Hans Christian Anderson
The true story of the little mermaid
Even though Im destined to become sea foam, I will always love you with all of my heart
Once I dissolve in the ocean and sky, Ill always watch over you
My Dearest Prince by Alicechan
A cropped version of this image is constantly floating around Tumblr, so here is the original with proper sources.
The Little Mermaid (Hans Christian Andersen)
Ariel by `lolita-art on deviantART on We Heart It. http://weheartit.com/entry/1005061