The Night Circus

by

Erin Morgenstern

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Chandresh Christophe Lefevre is a successful theater producer who, in search of a new and exciting project, came up with the idea of a new kind of circus. He built a cadre of some of the best and most creative people he knew, and together they created Le Cirque des Rêves, the night circus. The circus is wildly popular and tours the world, drawing crowds and even inspiring a group of dedicated followers known as revêurs; however, Chandresh is unaware of its real purpose as the arena for the competition between the illusionist Celia Bowen and his assistant Marco Alisdair. In fact, Chandresh does not know about any of the real magic that runs his circus, though he often has his suspicions. He discovers the notebook that Marco uses to protect the circus members and is upset, but Marco simply erases his memory of the event. Eventually, however, Chandresh begins to drink heavily and cannot focus on other projects, and loses much of the control over the circus that he created. Hector Bowen capitalizes on his fragile mental state, and a secret conversation between the two leads Chandresh to attempt to kill Mr. A.H. Unfortunately, Chandresh’s aim is off, and he accidentally kills the clockmaker Herr Theissen instead.

Chandresh Lefevre Quotes in The Night Circus

The The Night Circus quotes below are all either spoken by Chandresh Lefevre or refer to Chandresh Lefevre. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Anchor edition of The Night Circus published in 2012.
Part 1: Primordium Quotes

“My new game, as you so appropriately call it, is a circus.”

“A circus? How marvelous!”

“Like a carnival?”

“More than a carnival, more than a circus, really, like no circus anyone has ever seen.”

Related Characters: Chandresh Lefevre (speaker), Ethan Barris (speaker), Lainie Burgess (speaker)
Page Number: 76
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Part 2: Illumination Quotes

“There is a great deal more going on than we are privy to, of that I’m quite sure. I tried to talk to Chandresh, but it was like we were speaking two different languages. I do not like sitting idly by when something clearly isn’t right.”

Related Characters: Tara Burgess (speaker), Chandresh Lefevre, Ethan Barris
Page Number: 197
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Part 3: Intersections Quotes

“I cannot leave. I am not allowed. I must remain here, and I must continue with this nonsense, as you so aptly put it. You are going to return to your drinking and your parties and you will not even remember that we had this conversation.”

Related Characters: Marco Alisdair (speaker), Chandresh Lefevre
Related Symbols: The Bonfire
Page Number: 329
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Part 5: Divination Quotes

“I’m not going to give you your memory back. I don’t know if I could even if I tried, though Widge could probably manage it. At this point, I don’t think you need that weight on you. I think looking forward will be better than looking back.”

Related Symbols: The Bonfire
Page Number: 498
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Chandresh Lefevre Character Timeline in The Night Circus

The timeline below shows where the character Chandresh Lefevre appears in The Night Circus. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Primordium
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...and decide on a venue. Hector mentions that he knows of a theatrical producer named Chandresh Lefevre who could organize something appropriate. Alexander is uncomfortable with a public setting, but he... (full context)
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...in the doorway to inform Marco that he will be applying for a position with Chandresh Lefevre, a theater producer, and Marco recognizes that this is the beginning of the competition.... (full context)
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Chandresh Lefevre is in his home, throwing a knife across the room at a dartboard covered... (full context)
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London, 1885: Chandresh Lefevre is known for his exclusive and extravagant Midnight Dinners. This one is different, though,... (full context)
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Chandresh conducts his Midnight Dinners about once a month to coordinate the details of his circus... (full context)
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...and when he sees Celia for the first time, he is struck by her beauty. Chandresh comments that she looks too young and pretty to be an illusionist, suggesting that she... (full context)
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Marco is visibly shaken by his meeting with Celia, and Chandresh sends him home. He hurries back to search his books to try to understand how... (full context)
Part 2: Illumination
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...gift, and it has no card or note, but they all just assume it was Chandresh. (full context)
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Chandresh spends opening night walking around the circus, making small tweaks to what is already a... (full context)
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...opportunity to see Mr. A.H., his guardian and teacher, is at the Midnight Dinners at Chandresh’s house, and the magician is attending those infrequently. Anxious to find out how he is... (full context)
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...refuses to charge him admission to the circus. She gives him a business card with Chandresh’s information on it and his address in London. The circus feels comfortable to him, maybe... (full context)
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Thiessen writes a letter to Chandresh on his return to thank him for giving the clock such a wonderful home. He... (full context)
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...her in a social engagement. Celia agrees, and is pleasantly surprised when they arrive at Chandresh’s house. She has never attended one of his Midnight Dinners, and the other guests are... (full context)
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...feelings between them. Marco maintains a quiet distance from the guests, but the more that Chandresh drinks, the more he watches the handsome young man. She determines that Mr. Barris is... (full context)
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...Tsukiko, Marco watches her through the window. He then finishes cleaning up and checks on Chandresh, who mentions Celia only to gauge Marco’s reaction. Marco struggles not to react, and they... (full context)
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...calls it “enchanting,” which sparks a conversation about how Marco has gotten both Isobel and Chandresh to fall in love with him. Marco asks how Celia knows about Isobel, and she... (full context)
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Marco offers Celia a tour of Chandresh’s house, and they begin in the game room, which houses both board games and a... (full context)
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Marco brings Celia into a sunken garden room that he has made for Chandresh, in order to give him a project to occupy his time and energy. He manipulates... (full context)
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...leads her out of the room. As they return to the ballroom, Celia asks how Chandresh is, and Marco tells her that he has been increasingly unfocused, and Marco tries to... (full context)
Part 3: Intersections
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London, 1899: Chandresh is throwing an anniversary party for the circus on Friday the 13th, to honor 13... (full context)
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London, 1900: Chandresh is sitting in his study, wondering what is wrong with him. The circus does not... (full context)
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At that moment, Marco appears in the doorway and asks what Chandresh is doing. Chandresh is startled, but composes himself enough to ask about the notebook. Marco... (full context)
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When Chandresh refers to the books, he looks around and finds that there are no longer any... (full context)
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...his card with his address in London, noting that he is no longer staying with Chandresh. He tells her that he will not let her go, no matter who wins the... (full context)
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London, 1901: This Halloween is cold, forcing patrons to wear heavy coats and scarves. Chandresh is at the circus this evening, donning a mask and paying full admission, slipping into... (full context)
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...perform, tours the Hall of Mirrors, rides the Carousel, and strolls through the Ice Garden. Chandresh follows him through the entire night, and Marco follows Chandresh, slipping away for a moment... (full context)
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...stay on her feet. Marco crumples as if he has been punched in the stomach. Chandresh pulls out his silver knife from his pocket and throws it through the air, aiming... (full context)
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...invited Mr. A.H. to the circus, he notes as he watches a distraught Marco follow Chandresh through the crowd. Hector says that he told Mr. A.H. to choose a player whom... (full context)
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Later that evening, Marco is in his flat, which is full of furniture that Chandresh has abandoned and so many books that there is nowhere to hold all of them.... (full context)
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...a winner and finish the competition so that they could be together. She wonders how Chandresh knew he would be there, and Marco doesn’t know the answer to that. Chandresh insisted... (full context)
Part 4: Incendiary
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...she won hers. She adds that she never intended to stick around, but she liked Chandresh, found the venue unique, and wanted to stay and observe. Celia asks her to talk... (full context)
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...and asks if she doesn’t trust him. She responds that Isobel trusted him, as did Chandresh, and she has no reason to believe that he is being honest with her, and... (full context)
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...a small round room under a chandelier. Then the room changes to the ballroom of Chandresh’s house, and Celia tells him that this is when she knew she loved him. They... (full context)
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He mentions Chandresh, and Celia realizes that it was Hector who told him that Mr. A.H. would be... (full context)
Part 5: Divination
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Poppet is at Chandresh’s house in London, and when he opens the door, he notes that she is bigger... (full context)
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Chandresh looks at the list of names, noting Mr. Barris and Lainie Burgess, and he asks... (full context)
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As they look through the blueprints, Chandresh starts to call for Marco. He tells Poppet that his assistant just left one day... (full context)
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Instead, Chandresh decides to dedicate a room of the museum to them, and they find a room... (full context)
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...beneath it there is a memorial plaque, with the names of Friederick Stefan Thiessen and Chandresh Christophe Lefevre. Someone is watching from the ticket booth, and she hands the person a... (full context)