Nights at the Circus Characters

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Fevvers (Sophia)

Fevvers is an aerialist who joins Colonel Kearney’s circus. She claims to have hatched from an egg and have real wings, which span six feet. She is a little over six feet tall and her personality seems larger than life. She was supposedly left on the doorstep of a brothel when she was a baby and taken in by the inhabitants. She was given her name because of her fuzzy shoulders: it looked as if she were “sprouting fevvers.” When Lizzie took her to be christened, she was told “Fevvers” was not a proper name, so she was given the name Sophia (wisdom) or Sophie. Fevvers does not like to be called by that name by anyone but her closest intimates. Money motivates her and she uses her unique appearance to become the center of attention.

Lizzie

Lizzie is Fevvers’ foster-mother. She worked in the brothel...

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