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The Enchanter

by Richard Brookhiser

Doug came over during one of the cold snowy spells. He was described by Ovid in Book XI of the Metamorphoses, when Tmolus, a mountain in Asia Minor, judges a musical contest between Pan and Apollo: “[He] ridds his eares / From trees, and onely on his head an Oken garland weares, / Whereof the Acornes dangled downe . . .” Yet Doug has the most careful hands, with which he knows how to make or fix anything.

He recalled a similar cold spell when he had to bury a beloved dog. The ground was frozen so hard he could only dig out the beast’s silhouette. If you want to lie in a box, don’t die until spring.

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