Far out in the ocean, where the water is as
blue as the prettiest cornflower, and as clear as
crystal, it is very, very deep; so deep,
that no cable could fathom it:
many church steeples, piled one upon another,
would not reach from the ground beneath to the
surface of the water above.
There dwell the Sea King and his subjects.
by Hans Christian Andersen
The Little Mermaid
Illustration by Edmund Dulac