02 April 2007
With the Brothers Grimm you always had happily ever after following a time of terror and challenge. With Anderson, you got a more bitter sweet reality. In his stories, the major character rises to the best they can be despite terror, cruelty, and seeing hopes and dreams dashed.
Anderson knew that human beings have the capacity for almost unbelievable cruelty. In response to that quality, human beings have the capacity for almost unending nobility.
Look at the world around you: War, poverty, disease, disaster. It would be easy to to get dragged down into the negative. So look again: Love, charity, and heroism.
So there she sits on her rock, heroically looking out to sea rather than back towards grief and loss. Maybe we can all learn from the example.