The ongoing theme of Magic In San Miguel is shown again with our own Lady of the Lake. She takes her theme from Arthurian Legends.  

The Lancelot-Grail Cycle provides a backstory for the Lady of the Lake, “Viviane”, in the prose Merlin section, which takes place before the Lancelot Proper, though it was written later. There, Viviane learns her magic from Merlin, who becomes enamored of her. She refuses to give him her love until he has taught her all his secrets, after which she uses her power to trap him either in the trunk of a tree or beneath a stone, depending on the story and author. Regardless of the specific version, Merlin is unable to counteract Viviane because of his foresight; because of such an ability and “truth” it holds, he decides to do nothing for his situation other than to continue to teach her his secrets until she takes the opportunity to entrap and entomb him in a tree, a stone or a cave.  


The Monty Python Troupe updated the legend in the musical Spamalot.  

Arthur attempts to convince a peasant named Dennis Galahad that he, Arthur, is king of England because the Lady of the Lake gave him Excalibur, the sword given only to the man fit to rule England. However, Dennis and his mother, Mrs Galahad, are political radicals and deny that any king who has not been elected by the people has any legitimate right to rule over them. To settle the issue, Arthur has the Lady of the Lake and her Laker Girls appear to turn Dennis into a knight (“Come With Me”). Cheered on by the girls (“Laker Girls Cheer”), the Lady of the Lake turns Dennis into Sir Galahad and together, they sing a generic Broadway love song (“The Song That Goes Like This”), complete with chandelier. They are joined by Sir Robin and Sir Lancelot, and together with Sir Bedevere and Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Show (a knight resembling Don Quixote, who promptly apologizes and leaves), they make up the Knights of the Round Table (“All for One”).  

Dama del Lago

 

In San Miguel we have our own Dama del Lago. La Presa is a gigantic lake in San Miguel where our Lady of the Lake lives.  

Our little well not so little Lady of the Lake, Viv,  comes into town periodically to entrap men in stone or tree or Harry’s during Happy Hour.  

Beware of the trees in the Jardin.  There are men trapped in them.   

 Oh dear, I can now see all the single women in the Jardin now with axes.