Tennyson fashions Vivien in the mold of Delilah. She begins by praising him: "Trample me/Dear feet, that I have followed through the world/And I will pay you worship." She then requests his love: "'O Merlin, do ye love me?' and again/'O Merlin, do ye love me?' and once more/'Great Master, do ye love me?'" Then she tells him how he can prove his love:
Tennyson achieves this portrait by giving her serpentine qualities:
The repeated use of the letter s adds a hissing sound for full effect. Once he is in her grasp, she will not let go until she has squeeze the secret from him:
And she evens goes so far as to wrap herself in his beard:
Finally, Merlin wearies of her and tells her the secret:
She in turn uses the secret charm against him and Merlin's powers no longer reside with him:
Vivien has achieved her goal and has made the wizard ineffectual.
The above depiction was extracted from http://www.candlelightstories.com/ .