I was always disappointed by 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 earning a soul) that she was willing to sacrifice her voice to gain legs and live as a human, she suddenly became terribly passive when the time came to win her Prince's heart. 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.
And if the prince proved too thick to take the hint, it never hurts to bring a friend along to help get the point across (yes, he's a Fiddler crab
) because sometimes you have to make your *own* Happily Ever After!