Now when her sisters thus rose arm in arm through the sea, the little sister would remain below
alone looking up after them, and she felt as if she must cry; but mermaids have no tears and so suffer all the more.
"Oh, if only I were fifteen!" said she. "I know that I shall love the world above
and the men who live there."
And at last she was fifteen years old.
"Well, now at last we have you off our hands," said her grandmother, the widow of the late king. "Come here and let me dress you like your sisters." And she placed a wreath of white lilies in her hair, but every petal was the half of a pearl, and the old lady commanded eight large oysters to cling fast to the Princess's tail to mark
her high rank.
"But they hurt me so!" said the little mermaid.
"Yes, but one must suffer a little for the sake of appearances," said the old lady.
gladly the little mermaid would have tarn off all this finery and laid aside her wreath; the red flowers from her garden suited her much better; but she dared not do it. "Farewell!" she said and rose, light and bright as a bubble, up to
the surface of the water.
The sun had just sunk as she raised her head above the sea, but the clouds were still pink and gold, and in the midst of the pale sky sparkled the evening star, so clear and lovely. The air was mild and cool and the sea as still as a mirror.
「理所当然的，你现在终于可以离开我们的手心了！」她的祖母老皇太后说。 「过来，让我把你打扮得像姊姊们一样吧！」 于是她在这小姑娘的头发上戴了一个百合花编的花冠，而且每一个花瓣上都有半颗珍珠。老太太又叫八个大牡蛎紧紧地附贴在公主的尾巴上，以表示她尊贵的地位。