The Alchemist

by

Paulo Coelho

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The Lake Character Analysis

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:
The Pursuit of Your Personal Legend Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Harper One edition of The Alchemist published in 2014.
Prologue Quotes

“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.

Related Characters: The Alchemist (speaker), The Lake (speaker), Narcissus
Page Number: 2
Explanation and Analysis:
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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.
Prologue
Alchemy and the Value of Simplicity Theme Icon
...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)
The Interconnectedness of All Things Theme Icon
Alchemy and the Value of Simplicity Theme Icon
The goddess of the forest assumes that the lake weeps for Narcissus’s death because the lake could best contemplate his beauty, as he knelt... (full context)