White Cat Setting & Symbolism

Holly Black
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Wallingford Preparatory

Wallingford Preparatory is an expensive private boarding school for rich kids in New Jersey. Cassel was sent here by his two elder brothers after he seemingly murdered Lila, and after their mother was sent to prison. They can only just afford the school fees, and so Cassel has a lot less money than the other pupils at the school. This is why he runs a secret betting business. Both boys and girls attend Wallingford, with separate dormitories for each.

Curses

Curses are a kind of magic that only specific people (curse workers) can perform. In order to place a curse (do magic) a worker must have skin contact with their victim, which usually requires touching them with their hands. This is why everybody wears gloves at all times while in public. However, it does seem possible to perform curse work without touching hand to skin, as...

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