When Elaine fell and BrokenmirrorinShalott are both allusions to the story of the Lady of Shalott. The most famous and influential version is Tennyson’s poem, the Lady of Shalott. I have an affinity to anything to do with this story- music, art, literature. . . Anything.
The reasoning has to do with how I experience my interactions with the outside world. When Elaine was exposed to the outside world it took away her- well, who she was, and she became an object that only lived for one other person. When that person rejected her, it was the death of her. The difference is that I retreat to my tower instead of poisoning myself and floating my body down the river. *winks* Also, I just like the imagery.
Tennyson’s the Lady of Shallot (you can listen to it put to music and sung by Loreena McKennit here):
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