Long ago and far away, in a kingdom by the sea, there lived a beautiful princess who longed to be a queen. Many suitors came to ask for her hand, but none was acceptable to her parents. After all, she was their daughter, and deserved, so they felt, as good a realm as the one over which they themselves reigned! So many came and went, but none was allowed to court the princess.
Finally she came to a place where the shoreline curved around a high sand dune, and followed it around the bend, still entranced by the sound of the sea. Lo, there she beheld a strange and wonderful sight! Seated on the sand was an Oriental mandarin with a face as round as the moon, dressed in rich robes of purple and gold, gazing far away, out to sea. Seated beside him was a great brindle dog with white chest and feet, gazing up into his master's eyes with his faithful brown ones!