The Night Circus

by

Erin Morgenstern

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Poppet Murray Character Analysis

Winston Aidan Murray and Penelope Aislin Murray, better known as Widget and Poppet, were born in Le Cirque des Rêves on opening night. Poppet can see the future, as the time and place of the siblings’ birth somehow endowed them with supernatural powers. Besides performing in the circus, the twins play a significant role in its survival. Poppet foresees the destruction of the central bonfire, as well as the intervention of a young boy who she later identifies as Bailey Clarke. The twins make sure that Bailey is at the circus so that when the bonfire goes out, he can fulfill his destiny and re-light it. Once Bailey has re-lit the bonfire and the circus is safe from destruction, Poppet and Widget go to see Mr. A.H. to get his permission to take over Le Cirque des Rêves. The twins are a new generation who, along with Bailey, will continue to bring life to the circus without the competition endangering everyone around them.

Poppet Murray Quotes in The Night Circus

The The Night Circus quotes below are all either spoken by Poppet Murray or refer to Poppet Murray. 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 3: Intersections Quotes

“You’re joking.”

“I’m not, I swear I’m not. I wanted to wait until I was sure it was the right thing to ask, the right thing to do, and I’m sure now. It’s important.”

“What do you mean? Important how?”

“I know you’re supposed to come with us. I know that part for certain.”

Related Characters: Poppet Murray (speaker), Bailey Clarke (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Bonfire
Page Number: 356
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Part 4: Incendiary Quotes

“But I’m not […] special. Not in the way they are. I’m not anyone important.”

“I know. You’re not destined or chosen, I wish I could tell you that you were if that would make it easier, but it’s not true. You’re in the right place at the right time, and you care enough to do what needs to be done. Sometimes that’s enough.”

Related Characters: Celia Bowen (speaker), Bailey Clarke (speaker), Widget Murray, Poppet Murray
Related Symbols: The Bonfire
Page Number: 478-479
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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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Poppet Murray Character Timeline in The Night Circus

The timeline below shows where the character Poppet Murray appears in The Night Circus. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2: Illumination
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...at 12:07 on the 14th. They are known among the circus members as Widget and Poppet. They stay awake for much of the night, surprisingly alert for babies just a few... (full context)
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Cairo, 1890: The Murray twins, Widget and Poppet, have their run of the backstage area of the circus, where the performers live together... (full context)
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...but the twins get impatient and ride the Carousel twice and then get popcorn, though Poppet isn’t hungry. Celia asks her if anything is wrong, and she responds vaguely that she... (full context)
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As Celia digests this new information about Poppet and Widget, she looks past them towards the courtyard and the bonfire. The bonfire never... (full context)
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...to the competition. She keeps mostly to herself, reads voraciously, is close to Widget and Poppet, and treats Isobel nicely, as well. She has never done anything out of the ordinary,... (full context)
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Isobel continues Bailey’s reading, and tells him he is looking for Poppet. She suddenly pays him more attention, and asks if his name is Bailey. When he... (full context)
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Barcelona, 1894: Poppet and Widget have finished their performances for the night and are relaxing in a tent,... (full context)
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Poppet then asks Widget to tell her a story, and he tells her a story about... (full context)
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...then notices something that makes him stop in his tracks: there is the red-haired girl (Poppet), though of course she is older than the last time he saw her. She is... (full context)
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...he doesn’t know her name. She introduces herself, and Bailey realizes that she is the Poppet that Isobel mentioned to him. (full context)
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Poppet asks if Isobel told him anything interesting about his future, and he notes that he... (full context)
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Widget splits off to get cinnamon sticks, and while Bailey is alone with Poppet, he asks her how she knew his name the first time they met. She tells... (full context)
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Poppet mentions that Widget can see the past, and he and Bailey discuss how it works.... (full context)
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When they all find each other once, again, Poppet and Widget explain that they have another show at midnight and should be getting back.... (full context)
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...it was for Marco to use the bonfire as a stimulus, though it had consequences—namely, Poppet and Widget’s clairvoyance. (full context)
Part 3: Intersections
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...the exception of his comments about how no one seems to age, except Widget and Poppet. After the speech there is dancing in the ballroom, and Mr. A.H. stays along the... (full context)
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...Mr. A.H. storms out of the party, and as he leaves the building, Widget and Poppet watch him through the window. Widget notes to Poppet that Mr. A.H. has no shadow. (full context)
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...1902: Bailey is back at the circus, and is exploring the Labyrinth with Widget and Poppet. They come to a room that resembles a large metal birdcage, and soon they become... (full context)
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Bailey leaves the tent and goes to find Poppet and Widget, but first he comes across another statue-person on a platform. It is a... (full context)
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Bailey tells Poppet about the tent with the bottles, which Poppet explains is Widget’s tent. As they wander... (full context)
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...having trouble herding his sheep in the field when he hears a voice behind him. Poppet snuck out of the circus to come and speak to him. He is struck by... (full context)
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Poppet tells him that he is supposed to go with them, and that she knows this... (full context)
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Poppet explains that if Bailey doesn’t go with them, the circus will never be back; there... (full context)
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Poppet reminds Bailey of the time they were in the birdcage room of the Labyrinth and... (full context)
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...unhappiness at home is so obvious, and he asks if Widget read that on him. Poppet says no, but he sent along a bottle for Bailey, similar to the ones from... (full context)
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Poppet tells Bailey to arrive before dawn, and he says that he has to think about... (full context)
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...As she reaches down to pick them up, she is startled by the sound of Poppet Murray screaming. (full context)
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Concord, MA, 1902: Poppet and Widget stand anxiously at the circus gates as the clock chimes three o’clock in... (full context)
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Poppet asks if Widget remembers riding the Stargazer with her and Bailey when she saw something... (full context)
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...crashes to the ground, the bonfire sputters and blows a puff of black smoke, and Poppet’s kitten falls on its back with a howl. In her performance, Celia suddenly feels faint... (full context)
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...the whole time and then closing his eyes. The patrons around them only notice that Poppet and Widget have stopped performing and then Poppet begins to scream as Herr Thiessen’s blood... (full context)
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...his box of treasures, though the only thing he wants to bring with him is Poppet’s white glove. He collects his life savings, packs a change of clothes, and waits for... (full context)
Part 4: Incendiary
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...ever there. He sits down with his head in his hands, and then remembers that Poppet mentioned a train. Deciding that any train would have to go through Boston to get... (full context)
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...asks if they are following the circus. They are, and he asks if they know Poppet and Widget, but they do not. He explains that they’re the twins with the kitten... (full context)
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...same since Thiessen’s death, and wonders if this is related to what he heard from Poppet. They all agree that there is something off about the circus now, though they cannot... (full context)
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...fallen asleep or are simply reading or having quiet time in their compartments. Widget and Poppet find Celia’s compartment and knock softly on the door to tell her that there is... (full context)
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As Poppet gets more anxious, Celia tells her that she is also very upset by what happened... (full context)
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Celia demands that Poppet tell her what she saw in her vision. Poppet closes her eyes to see it... (full context)
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Poppet’s eyes follow the pocket watch Celia holds in front of her, and Poppet starts to... (full context)
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Celia asks Poppet what the man looks like, and she explains it is a tall man in a... (full context)
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...tells him she is disappointed that it took him so long to figure that out. Poppet asks what kind of game, and Widget says it’s like chess, though Celia says it... (full context)
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...tells her he is sorry, and kisses her on the cheek. Once they are out, Poppet asks what that was all about, and Widget tells her that Celia let him read... (full context)
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...that makes him nauseous. Once he gets into the circus, he wanders around looking for Poppet, but the grounds are empty. He turns a corner to see the cauldron where the... (full context)
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...she doesn’t know if the woman can hold on for much longer. He asks where  Poppet is, and the contortionist tells him that she is unavailable, but Bailey cannot believe that... (full context)
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...of the circus. Bailey walks carefully through the crowd, stopping to look at Widget and Poppet—he is frozen mid-story, while she has turned her head, as if her attention was caught... (full context)
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...introducing herself. He asks how she knew he was coming, and she tells him that Poppet mentioned him as part of the events of the evening. She then tells him she... (full context)
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...and searches through the books to find Marco’s notebook. He pulls out the pages with Poppet and Widget’s names on them and adds his own name to them. He collects yarn,... (full context)
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...everything out of his pockets, including his silver ticket, the rose from his lapel, and Poppet’s white glove, and throws it all in the cauldron as well. Finally, he pulls out... (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... (full context)
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...names, noting Mr. Barris and Lainie Burgess, and he asks who Mr. Clarke is, and Poppet explains that he is a dear friend who will take excellent care of the circus.... (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 and did not come back, not even leaving... (full context)
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...round walls and a small koi pond in the center. He asks what is in Poppet’s bag, and she tells him she brought him a present. She pulls out a small... (full context)
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...people, from what he hears, and he comments that Celia has never forced him or Poppet into absurd competitions. (full context)
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...but notes that very few people are open to learning, or have natural access like Poppet and Widget. Then he asks what Widget does with his talent, and Widget informs him... (full context)