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Night Circus Summary
Erin Morgenstern

Everything you need to understand or teach Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

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Night Circus Summary

Plot Summary

The Night Circus is a story of an ancient dual between two schools of magical knowledge: old and new. During the course of the deadly game, two young illusionists fall in love, forever changing their lives and the lives of the performers in a mysterious traveling night circus.

In 1873, five-year-old Celia Bowen is deposited at the office of her magician father, Prospero the Entertainer, after her mother's unfortunate suicide. Although Prospero does not have any desire to parent a child, he is intrigued when it becomes clear that his daughter exhibits magical ability. Immediately, Prospero contacts his previous teacher, Mr. AH, and demands a dual: old magic versus new in a battle to the death. Accepting Prospero's wager, Mr. AH sets out to find his own pupil, an orphan named Marco Alisdiar, whom he plucks from an orphanage and schools in the ways of old magic. When Marco...

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