"She was a strange child, quiet and thoughtful...she cared for nothing excepting a beautiful marble statue. It was the representation of a handsome boy, carved out of pure white stone, which had fallen to the bottom of the sea from a wreck. She planted by the statue a rose-colored weeping willow. It grew splendidly, and very soon hung its fresh branches over the statue, almost down to the blue sands."
-From The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen