"The daughters of the air, likewise, have not an immortal soul, but they can obtain one by the
ir good deeds.
"We fly to the hot countries, where the sultry, pestilential air destroys the children of men; there we waft coolness and spread the fragrance of flowers through the air to heal and refresh.
"When for three hundred years we have striven to do all the good in our power, we obtain an immortal soul and share the eternal destinies of the human race. You, poor little mermaid, have striven after good w
ith your whole heart; like us, you have suffered and endured, and raised yourself into a spirit of the air. Now, therefore, you, too, can win for yourself an immortal soul after three hundred years of good deeds."
And the little mermaid raised her bright arms towards the sun, and for the first time felt tears in her eyes.
There were life and bustle on board the ship again; she saw the Prince and his beautiful b
ride seeking her, and then gazing sadly down upon the bubbling foam, as if they knew she had plunged into the billows.
Unseen by either of them, she kissed the bride's forehead, smiled upon the Prince, and rose
with the other children of the air up to the rosy clouds which were sailing the sky.
"For three hundred years we shall float and float and float till we glide right into God's kingdom."
「三百年以后，当我们尽力完成我们可能做的一切善行，我们就可以获得一个不灭的灵魂，就可以分享人类一切永恒的幸福了。 妳！可怜的小美人鱼！像我们一样曾经全心全意地为目标奋斗；你饱受痛苦；你坚持；你已经晋升到精灵的世界里来。 藉由你善良的工作，三百年以后，你就可以为自己创造出一个不灭的灵魂。」