How did "Lady of the Lake" get its title?


     In one of my French classes at Siena, Dr. Sheehy mentioned "Lady of the Lake," a poem by Sir Walter Scott.  The professor noted it as an example of romanticism sweeping Europe at the beginning of the 19th Century.   Scott had been referring to a character in Camelot.  The whole idea of a woman living in a lake intrigued me.  This woman could neither be truly alive nor truly dead.   

     When I heard of Grace Brown's ghost haunting Big Moose Lake, I felt  the time had come to bring the "Lady of the Lake" to life in a script I could write.  In Camelot, the "Lady of the Lake" gives the sword, a symbol of nobility and strength to King Arthur.  Similarly, the ghost of Grace Brown becomes the source of courage and purpose for Yvonne.