Lighting houses before electricity often made use of mirrors to double the amount of apparent light in a room.  A mirror behind a candle or kerosene lamp reflected the light outwards, a mirror on a dark wall brightened the space.  Cut glass also added to this effect.  Prisms on candle-sticks or chandeliers seem somewhat ostentatious in today’s brightly lit world, over-the-top; but before electricity, while still indicating wealth, they were far more understated: simply a glimpse of focused light in an otherwise dark corner, a true accent.

Esperanza has some old mirrors.  In many cases the silvering (mercury or sliver nitrate) has begun to fail.  Usually, the droplets condense on the bottom of the mirror, a subtle silver fog rising up over decades.  Such old mirrors can sometimes seem a little spooky.  There is a true reflection but it is obscured, shadowed…combine it with low light levels, ornate carving (all too often rising above the mirror like dark wings) and, voila, your talking mirror of legend.