chapter  17
The Serpent in the Forest
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Ellen’s son described the stage at the Lyceum as a sunlit clearing, a glade in the forest. Into this glade came Irving like the enchanter about to conjure his characters out of the air, a Prospero to whom all spells were possible. But already by 1892 a serpent, who was later to become an enchanter himself, was coiled about a tree in the forest glade.