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TrishDaDish
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Forgive a fool, for I didn't read children's stories as a child, but what happened at the end of the original Little Mermaid that's such a downer? (I'm too frightened to ask about Winnie the Pooh and Bambi...)

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quote:
Originally posted by TrishDaDish:
Forgive a fool, for I didn't read children's stories as a child, but what happened at the end of the original Little Mermaid that's such a downer?

I don't have the book right here, but as I recall, the little mermaid doesn't win the prince's love. He marries her rival and the little mermaid turns into seafoam. I cried for hours after I read that.

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I don't have the book right here, but as I recall, the little mermaid doesn't win the prince's love. He marries her rival and the little mermaid turns into seafoam. I cried for hours after I read that.

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Thought this was interesting, I bought the first season of Gargoyles, and one episode makes reference to the Illuminati. (the episode where Eliza gets a partner, he's going on and on about the Illuminati, and she doesn't want to hear anything more about "secret societies" IIRC)
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quote:
Originally posted by TrishDaDish:
Forgive a fool, for I didn't read children's stories as a child, but what happened at the end of the original Little Mermaid that's such a downer? (I'm too frightened to ask about Winnie the Pooh and Bambi...)

Trish "Is that true, Bambi? Did you make a video nasty?" DaDish

The Prince was fond of the Little Mermaid, but fell in love with, and married, someone else (not the Sea Witch in disguise, a real woman), effectively condemning the Little Mermaid to death. The Little Mermaid's sisters sold their hair to the Sea Witch to bring the Little Mermaid a knife. If she used the knife to kill the prince and his bride, the blood would change her legs back into a fin and she would be a mermaid again. The Little Mermaid couldn't bring herself to do it, threw herself in the water and died. Instead of becoming seaweed like other merfolk, she became the foam on the waves because of her goodness.

It is sad, but I personally prefer it to the Disney version.

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TrishDaDish
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Keeeeripes! That is a major bummer of an ending!

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edit: tthis became a double post, please delete
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The Prince was fond of the Little Mermaid, but fell in love with, and married, someone else (not the Sea Witch in disguise, a real woman), effectively condemning the Little Mermaid to death. The Little Mermaid's sisters sold their hair to the Sea Witch to bring the Little Mermaid a knife. If she used the knife to kill the prince and his bride, the blood would change her legs back into a fin and she would be a mermaid again. The Little Mermaid couldn't bring herself to do it, threw herself in the water and died. Instead of becoming seaweed like other merfolk, she became the foam on the waves because of her goodness.

Actually, turning into sea foam upon death is what happens to all mermaids, and this is what she gave up by becoming human. Humans, unlike mermaids, have immortal souls, but she could only get an immortal soul by marrying the prince.
When she decided against killing the prince, she threw the knife into the water, then jumped in after it, and she thought she felt her body dissolve into foam. Here's a quote of the final few sentences of the book:
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She cast one more lingering, half-fainting glance at the prince, and then threw herself from the ship into the sea, and thought her body was dissolving into foam. The sun rose above the waves, and his warm rays fell on the cold foam of the little mermaid, who did not feel as if she were dying. She saw the bright sun, and all around her floated hundreds of transparent beautiful beings; she could see through them the white sails of the ship, and the red clouds in the sky; their speech was melodious, but too ethereal to be heard by mortal ears, as they were also unseen by mortal eyes. The little mermaid perceived that she had a body like theirs, and that she continued to rise higher and higher out of the foam. “Where am I?” asked she, and her voice sounded ethereal, as the voice of those who were with her; no earthly music could imitate it.

“Among the daughters of the air,” answered one of them. “A mermaid has not an immortal soul, nor can she obtain one unless she wins the love of a human being. On the power of another hangs her eternal destiny. But the daughters of the air, although they do not possess an immortal soul, can, by their good deeds, procure one for themselves. We fly to warm countries, and cool the sultry air that destroys mankind with the pestilence. We carry the perfume of the flowers to spread health and restoration. After we have striven for three hundred years to all the good in our power, we receive an immortal soul and take part in the happiness of mankind. You, poor little mermaid, have tried with your whole heart to do as we are doing; you have suffered and endured and raised yourself to the spirit-world by your good deeds; and now, by striving for three hundred years in the same way, you may obtain an immortal soul.”

The little mermaid lifted her glorified eyes towards the sun, and felt them, for the first time, filling with tears. On the ship, in which she had left the prince, there were life and noise; she saw him and his beautiful bride searching for her; sorrowfully they gazed at the pearly foam, as if they knew she had thrown herself into the waves. Unseen she kissed the forehead of her bride, and fanned the prince, and then mounted with the other children of the air to a rosy cloud that floated through the aether.

“After three hundred years, thus shall we float into the kingdom of heaven,” said she. “And we may even get there sooner,” whispered one of her companions. “Unseen we can enter the houses of men, where there are children, and for every day on which we find a good child, who is the joy of his parents and deserves their love, our time of probation is shortened. The child does not know, when we fly through the room, that we smile with joy at his good conduct, for we can count one year less of our three hundred years. But when we see a naughty or a wicked child, we shed tears of sorrow, and for every tear a day is added to our time of trial!”



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quote:
Originally posted by Ligeia:
Anyway, I would think that if Dan Brown had read snopes' page on the rumor, he would have known it wasn't true and therefore would not have included it as fact in the book.

When was it decided that it "wasn't true"? Personally, I can quite clearly see a word there, and while I can't tell whether it's 'SEX' or 'SFX', I still think it is deliberate. Even Snopes has the rumour listed as 'undertermined.'

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Originally posted by Spikey:
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Originally posted by Ligeia:
Anyway, I would think that if Dan Brown had read snopes' page on the rumor, he would have known it wasn't true and therefore would not have included it as fact in the book.

When was it decided that it "wasn't true"? Personally, I can quite clearly see a word there, and while I can't tell whether it's 'SEX' or 'SFX', I still think it is deliberate. Even Snopes has the rumour listed as 'undertermined.'
Right, "Undetermined", which means stating it as true is as equally stupid as stating it as false.

Personally, I seem to be the only person alive who realizes that despite Dan Brown's stupidity in claiming the books historical facts to be true, it is *still* fiction. It doesn't claim to be a history lesson. If people aren't taught from a young age to look at a book labelled as "fiction" and know that there's a pretty good chance some or all of the stuff inside it might be false, then it's those people and what they were (or in this case weren't) taught. Dan Brown aside, the book was entertaining, and has never been claimed to be anything but fiction. As long as they aren't using it in History Class I think everyone should stop bitching. (Did I mention how much I hate all those "Debunking Da Vinci Code" book? Dear GOD can we talk about a waste of time?)

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Whilst I agree that perhaps Dan Brown is a bit bold to state everything as fact, I think what he means is that the theories he talks of are actually recognized theories that several historians believe in (as in, he didn't just make them up himself). The theories themselves may not actually be true.

I'm with you, Midgard_Dragon. I'd think that the intention was for people to enjoy reading a interesting work of fiction, but also know that the theories he talks about have more weight behind them than simply Dan Brown's imagination. I don't think he meant for everyone to take every word he wrote as solid fact. And at the end of the day, I really enjoyed the book, so it served its purpose for me.

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Originally posted by Brandi:
Floater: apparently you think sarcasm is just something that happens to other people. [fish]

Brandi, you ought to consider that for some people English is their second language, and therefore they may miss some subtleties of the discussion.
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Just because Mr. Brown SAYS that it's true doesn't mean that it actually is. And here I am thinking of both Robinson Crusoe and Pamela, which were presented as if the author were an editor of a real person's works. (Damn my 18th century class, it's making me think!)
Or, if anyone here is closer to my age, the Bunnicula books were said to have been brought to the author by Harold, the narrator and doggie hero of the stories. But I bet anyone a nickel that the dog didn't actually write them.

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Dracula was written the same way (not to mention movies like Blair Witch and Fargo)
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Having just moved house I have been off the boards for a while, but after this discussion I dug out my childhood copy of Andersen fairy tales and it was one of my "unpacked" books. I really enjoyed reading it again (through my 7-year-old's crayon scribbles) and not only are the tales very dark and warm, they also convey a huge amount for your imagination to work on in very few (translated) words. Recommend!
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quote:
Originally posted by entropy9:
the book opens with "All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate."

brown says the story itself, the characters and stuff are fiction

I can speak from person experience to the accuracy (or lack thereof) of the architecture in the book.

In the book, Brown claims that the Opus Dei Headquarters in New York shows the orders attitude toward women even in it's design. The men's entrance in in the front and is the main entrance while the women are forced to enter and exit through a rear door that opens into an alley. He alsop claims that the sleping quartes are segregated and that the men are not allowed into the women's quarters and vice versa.

Having been there, this would be a verin confusing arrangement as the men's sleeping areas are to the rear of the building requiring them to pass through the women's quarters to use the front doors. I have also witnessed both men and women using both sets of doors, and I have personally been through both sets.

Also, one of the characters is a monk of Opus Dei. Apparently he is the only one, because Opus Dei is an organisation of laypeople which means that there are no monks.

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