I was always disappointed with the ending of Hans Christian Andersen's original 'Little Mermaid'. It struck me that if the Sea King's daughter had been so assertive in her desire to marry a human (and thereby gaining an immortal soul for herself) to the point of sacrificing her voice to gain legs and live as a human, that she seemed terribly passive when the time came to actually win the heart of the man she loved. I thought that if the princess had only followed the Sea Witch's sage advice in the first place and *ahem* utilized her assets, she could have saved herself a lot of grief and we might have had a happy ending to an otherwise wonderful story. Of course, if the prince proved too thick to take the hint, it never hurts to bring a friend along to help get the point across! :) And the moral is? Sometimes you have to make your OWN 'happily ever after!'