The “Mermaid Princess” Storybook (Part 2b): Echoes of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid”: The WitchPosted by PokerNemesis in Clues, Mysteries, Plot Structure & Story, Symbolism
There is no witch in the “Mermaid Princess” storybook. But there is a witch playing an important role in “The Little Mermaid” fairy tale, which the “Mermaid Princess” storybook seems to echo. And there are also some puzzling references, in the “Unlucky Clover Field” chapter of Rule of Rose, to the idea that Martha is a witch.
When Jennifer finds Martha’s hat in that chapter, we see the text:
The hat worn by Martha, who was accused of being a witch.
And later in the “Unlucky Clover Field” chapter of Rule of Rose, when Jennifer finds a dirty rag, the voice of Martha (her invisible ghost?) says:
I was a mighty witch. Yet now, I am but a powerless wretch. Rubbish and dust.
It isn’t at all clear why Martha should be depicted as a witch in the Rule of Rose game. Could it be that we are meant to associate Martha, in some manner, with the witch of “The Little Mermaid” fairytale? And if so, what might that association be meant to tell us about what happened in the orphanage during Jennifer’s forgotten past?
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