Question: Why does he lay his mantle aside when he begins to relate to Miranda the circumstances of their previous lives?
Answer: Because he temporarily ceases to exercise his function as the Enchanter, the Magician, which is
his function in this drama, and assumes his other character - viz., that of her Father, the Duke of Milan.
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