"Little did they dream that a pretty young mermaid was down below, stretching her white arms up toward the keel of their ship." -- Hans Christian Anderson, Den Lille Havfrue, 1837
" 'What sort of thing is that,
that rattles round so merrily,' said the girl,
and she took the spindle and wanted to spin too."
-- Brothers Grimm, Dornroschen, 1812