Arriving at the local consul’s inn, they are received with a mixture of skepticism, excitement, curiosity and contempt. The consul, police superintendent and minister of health, knowing something of Vogler’s disrepute, demand an exhibition of their talents before permitting them to perform in public. Dr. Vergerus, a prominent man of science and campaigner against superstitious, spiritual and supernatural beliefs, treats Vogler with cruel disdain but is secretly unnerved. Meanwhile the consul’s wife claims to ‘recognize’ Vogler and, desperate and infatuated, begs him to explain the senseless death of her child.
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