What happens to the Lady of Shalott when she sees Sir Lancelot?

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When the Lady of Shalott sees Lancelot in the mirror in her castle room, she leaves her weaving and looks out the window, even though it is forbidden by a curse.  She gazes at him, riding on his horse and wearing a helmet and a plume.  Then her mirror cracks because she saw through the window instead of through it.  She finally leaves her tower.  She finds a boat floating in the water underneath a willow tree.  She writes her name inside of the boat.  Then she gets inside of it to float down the river to Camelot, where Sir Lancelot had gone.  She does not take her eyes off Camelot in the distance as she floats down the river toward it, singing.  Before she reaches Camelot, she dies.

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