Harold Brayton is a very smart scientist. He is a round character b/c all we see is the smart side of him in the beginning and Towards the end, you see the fearful side of him. He is a dynamic character b/c He changes how he acts throughout the story.
The setting of the Story is in an old room with a bookshelf, bed, and an old chair. It was in early 1900's.
"He saw, in the shadow under the bed, the coils of a serpent. The points of light were its eyes! Its head, which arose from the coils, was pointed straight toward him." (PG 99)
"Brayton shook his head as he muttered, 'imagine a snakes's eyes having such power! Ridiculous!'"
The mood of the story is mysterious, and creepy b/c You never know what is going to happen next. Also, Things happen differently than you thought they were going to happen.
This is an example of foreshadowing because later in the story harold is sucked into tthe spell of a snakes eyes and in the end he dies from it.
"The following is a fact, for many wise and learned people have reported it to be true... Whoever is drawn into its gaze will be unable to look away."
"Therefore NEVER stare into the eyes of a snake, or you will perish miserably by the creatures bite."