The Lake appears in the brief prologue to the novel, in the context of a story read by the alchemist. In a twist on the original Greek legend, the lake mourns for Narcissus because she has lost the opportunity to see her own beautiful reflection in his eyes. The prologue functions as a cautionary tale against self-love.
The Lake Quotes in The Alchemist
The The Alchemist quotes below are all either spoken by The Lake or refer to The Lake. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Harper One edition of The Alchemist published in 2014.).
“I weep for Narcissus, but I never noticed that Narcissus was beautiful. I weep because, each time he knelt beside my banks, I could see, in the depths of his eyes, my own beauty reflected.” “What a lovely story,” the alchemist thought.
The Lake Character Timeline in The Alchemist
The timeline below shows where the character The Lake appears in The Alchemist. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...into the water and drowns. In this version of the story, however, the narrative continues. The lake is weeping after Narcissus’s death, and the goddess of the forest appears to ask the... (full context)