We read. T h e L i t t l e M e r m a i d, it was a book first, Hans Christian Andersen. We read it every night. I got so obsessed with it, for three months I wouldn’t respond to anything but A r i e l. I drove my parents crazy, but … .
Grandma thought it was a d o r a b l e.
But the original Ariel walked on her human legs akin to walking on knives and died at the end. You was a strange child, Lydia.
I’m still struck by the idea that water has some play in all this.
The lake house
Meredith meaning sea lord
I just can’t seem to put it all together.
Ariel (Not named in the original tale) had her tongue cut out so that the sea-wicth would give her an elixir, which would split her tail in twain, she would remain as graceful on land as in the sea.
She would have two stumps called legs, but each footstep would be as painful as walking on knives, she did this so she could earn the love of a prince and through him a soul.
In the end the Prince never knows she saved him when he was a boy, and married a princess he saw after he was saved.
The condition placed on ariel was that to gain legs she’d have to give up her 300 years of life and the prince had to fall in love and marry her or she’d die and become sea-foam.
Her sisters on the wedding night bring her a blade which if she thrusts it into the princes heart and spills his blood on her legs will return her fin.
She stands above him and then throws the knife into the sea, she throws herself from the ship and dies to become sea foam, but as she passes she notices she rises from the foam, to join the creatures who roam swiftly and unseen in the sky, the daughters of the wind.
If her death turned her from human into a creature wich perceives the world in a different way, that’s one way to consider it.
it could also mean, neither the Lake house nor Meredith could have ever helped her, not truly, they are just different shackles.