'Mermaids! With tails?'
'Such long tails.'
You must not think that the mermaids were on friendly terms withthe children; on the contrary, it was among Wendy's lasting regrets that all the time she was on the island she never had a civil word from one of them.
When she stole softly to the edge of the lagoon she might see them by the score, especially on Marooners' Rock, where they loved to bask, combing out their hair in a lazy way that quite irritated her...
...or she might even swim, on tiptoe as it were, to within a yard of them, but then they saw her and dived, probably splashing her with their tails, not by accident, but intentionally.
The most haunting time at which to see them is at the turn of the moon, when they utter strange wailing cries...
Ну и вот еще картинок из классики, для раскрытия образа.
A Mermaid Caught Wendy. Mabel Lucie Attwell. J.M. Barrie personally requested her to illustrate the gift-book edition of Peter Pan, in 1921.
Hogan, 2003 ;-))