I sat by the seashore and waited for the prince to return. Waited. And waited, until I knew he wasn’t coming back.
Now I have walked on. I have come to the hut of an untidy old troll. What a mess! I’m too weary to make her clean up her act. I’ll throw a little gold on the fire and let the sparks fly where they may.
The Deserted Mastermaid in The Mastermaid, Blue Fairy Book. Painting by John William Waterhouse.