Apparently there were several “Lady of the Lake” legends or stories or whatever the heck they are called. THIS one was written by Sir Walter Scott, Bart., which The Droning Voice assumes stands for “Baronet”, though she acknowledges that it could mean something Piratical, since her mind went straight to “Black Bart”, God Only Knows Why.
Baronet (berənət) a member of the lowest hereditary titled British order, with the status of a commoner but able to use the prefix “Sir.”
At any rate, this was a VERY popular poem/story when it first came out, which probably meant the pirate or Baronet had to go on book tours explaining all the end notes in person. Normally, The Droning Voice avoids tomes of any noted popularity, but this particular book was very appealing in that it was relatively small, and it had gilt-edged pages. Plus it had words in GAELIC, which, if you thought The Droning Voice had a hard time with French, you should hear this. If The Droning Voice has any Scottish listeners, please don’t allow this to become an International Incident. And, in order to deflect any rage directed at her, she wants to point out that she once went to Edinburgh, and one of her hosts commented that people up around Inverness talk funny.
This has a bit of battle excitement in it, so be fore-warned. Some people may find scenes of daring-do calming if not downright boring. These people, by the way, need to be avoided. The printing was also somewhat patchy, in places, in this edition, so The Droning Voice stumbles here and there, trying to figure out exactly what was written by Sir Walter Scott, Bart. Her performance, though, is, as always, delivered with the enthusiasm of asphalt, complete with potholes.
Oh, the poem? It’s about Scottish stuff that happened in the reign of James V., at least as best as The Droning Voice could figure out. She wasn’t paying close attention.