Bloody Mary vowed never to be back from her looking glass. Alice journeyed the checkerboard in a mirror world.
Some say you see yourself in a mirror. I’m for the notion of an optical counterpart – it has to be the attachment I have for myself as perceivable from within my person. It could be also part my Theta Criterion, the argument happens to be not overtly present. ;)
The object as nowadays, the mirror, correlates to admiration. The ancient ‘speculum’ derived from the action of just looking and seeing — without much any appreciative aspect. This would be yet the looking-glass to connote self-admiration to a contemporary editor (!) :)
Mirrors are commonly used for personal grooming or admiring oneself (in which case the archaic term looking-glass is sometimes still used)’, we may see in Wikipedia.
Well, syntax must be an indispensable vanity. ;)
The ‘looking glass’ has a theta role about it: a looking glass is the glass we look into, and not a glass to look at us. Like ‘running shoes’ and ‘swimming suits’, it clips a verb phrase into a gerundive.
Syntax could be termed a wonder of the mind. Should there be associations to narcissism, some self-adoration is going to remain absolutely necessary. ;)