The Night Circus Setting & Symbolism

Erin Morgenstern
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Le Cirque de Reves

Le Cirque de Reves is a mysterious circus that only opens at night. It is completely monochromatic in design, featuring only black, white and greys in its color scheme, with towering tents of varying shapes and sizes, an elaborate wrought-iron fence, and a black sign painted in white letters that reads "Opens at Nightfall, Closes at Dawn" (p. 4).

The Wunschtraum Clock

The Wunschtraum Clock, which was built by Herr Friedrick Thiessen, is one of the main focal points of the circus. The handcrafted clock is profoundly dreamlike. At first glance, it just looks like a beautiful black clock with a white face and silver pendulum, but when it is wound, it takes on a life of its own. Slowly, its face falls away like puzzle pieces, and morphs from white to grey to black. Every hour, the juggling "cuckoo" adds another ball to his...

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