clothed in the costliest silks and muslin s she was the greatest beauty in the palace, but she was dumb, and could neither sing nor speak. beautiful slaves clad in silks and gold came forward and sang to the prince and his royal parents; one of them sang better than all the others, and the prince clapped his hands and smiled at her; that made the little mermaid very sad, for she knew that she used to sing far better herself. she thought, 'oh! if he only knew that for the sake of being with him i had given up my voice for ever!' now the slaves began to dance, graceful undulating dances to enchanting music; thereupon the little mermaid, lifting her beautiful white arms and raising herself on tiptoe , glided on the floor with a grace which none of the other dancers had yet attain ed. with every motion her grace and beauty became more apparent, and her eyes appealed more deeply to the heart than the songs of the slaves. every one was delighted with it, especially the prince, who called her his little foundling ; and she danced on and on, notwithstanding that every time her foot touched the ground it was like treading on sharp knives. the prince said that she should always be near him, and she was allowed to sleep outside his door on a velvet cushion.
but now the rumour ran that the prince was to be married to the beautiful daughter of a neighbouring king, and for that reason was fit ting out a splendid ship . it was give n out that the prince was going on a voyage to see the adjoining countries, but it was without doubt to see the king's daughter; he was to have a great suite with him. but the little mermaid shook her head and laughed; she knew the prince's intentions much better than any of the others. 'i must take this voyage,' he had said to her; 'i must go and see the beautiful princess; my parents demand that, but they will never force me to bring her home as my bride; i can never love her! she will not be like the lovely girl in the temple whom you resemble. if ever i had to choose a bride it would sooner be you with your speaking eyes, my sweet, dumb foundling !' and he kissed her rosy mouth, played with her long hair, and laid his head upon her heart, which already dreamt of human joys and an immortal soul.
- 彼は首？ ”Hes been fired.”
he's been fired.