The Night Circus

by

Erin Morgenstern

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Widget 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. The time and place of their birth somehow endowed them with supernatural powers—Widget is able to read the past, while Poppet can see the future. The twins perform in the circus and end up being responsible for its survival. After Poppet foresees the destruction of the central bonfire, as well as the intervention of a young boy named Bailey Clarke, the twins arrange for Bailey to be at the circus when the bonfire goes out so that he can fulfill his destiny and re-light it. After this unfolds, Mr. A.H. grants Poppet and Widget permission to take over Le Cirque des Rêves.

Widget Murray Quotes in The Night Circus

The The Night Circus quotes below are all either spoken by Widget Murray or refer to Widget 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 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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“You think being imprisoned marvelous?”

“It’s a matter of perspective. They have each other. They are confined within a space that is remarkable, one that can, and will, grow and change around them.”

Related Characters: Alexander / Mr. A.H. (speaker), Widget Murray (speaker), Celia Bowen, Marco Alisdair
Page Number: 502
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“You’d be better off letting the whole endeavor fade away into myth and oblivion. All empires fall eventually. It is the way of things. Perhaps it is time to let this one go.”

“I’m afraid I’m unwilling to do that.”

Related Characters: Alexander / Mr. A.H. (speaker), Widget Murray (speaker)
Page Number: 506
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Widget Murray Character Timeline in The Night Circus

The timeline below shows where the character Widget 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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...is born 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... (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... (full context)
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...details, Poppet cannot specify much except that she sees things in the stars, and that Widget can see things on people. Celia asks him what he can see on her, and... (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 goes out;... (full context)
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...perceptible way 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... (full context)
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Barcelona, 1894: Poppet and Widget have finished their performances for the night and are relaxing in a tent, under a... (full context)
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Poppet then asks Widget to tell her a story, and he tells her a story about a tree. It... (full context)
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...that he didn’t understand much of what she told him. Poppet then introduces Bailey to Widget, and the three of them decide to walk through the circus together. As they talk,... (full context)
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Widget splits off to get cinnamon sticks, and while Bailey is alone with Poppet, he asks... (full context)
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Poppet mentions that Widget can see the past, and he and Bailey discuss how it works. Bailey asks if... (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. Bailey is... (full context)
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...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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...remarks, with 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... (full context)
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...they saw. 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... (full context)
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Concord, MA, 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... (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 woman with... (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 through the circus again, Bailey notices the spectators wearing all black... (full context)
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...know why him, and what he would do, without any special talents like she and Widget have. He doesn’t think he belongs in the circus. Poppet disagrees, though she doesn’t know... (full context)
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Bailey is surprised that his 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,... (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 the morning.... (full context)
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Poppet asks if Widget remembers riding the Stargazer with her and Bailey when she saw something bright but couldn’t... (full context)
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...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 begins to... (full context)
Part 4: Incendiary
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...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 show, and... (full context)
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...have mostly 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... (full context)
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...Celia holds in front of her, and Poppet starts to sway and then falls backwards. Widget catches her, and he and Celia move her to one of the benches. She then... (full context)
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Suddenly Widget, who has been sitting on the bench silently, asks if what is going on in... (full context)
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...is trying to make things better. She then ushers them out of her compartment, though Widget lingers for a moment, tells her he is sorry, and kisses her on the cheek.... (full context)
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...the rest 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... (full context)
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...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, two cards—a... (full context)
Part 5: Divination
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...the last time he saw her, and there were two of them. Poppet explains that Widget is in France as she follows him inside. The house is in disarray, and not... (full context)
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Widget is in Paris with Mr. A.H., who is talking about the nature of stories. He... (full context)
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Mr. A.H. tells Widget that, once upon a time, he and his student had a difference of opinion about... (full context)
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Widget explains to Mr. A.H. that Marco and Celia are not dead, and they are inside... (full context)
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...too well, that they were too well matched, and now they can never be separated. Widget sees that as unromantic, and Mr. A.H. notes that he was romantic in his youth,... (full context)
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Widget asks Mr. A.H. if magic is enough to live for, and he responds that what... (full context)
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Widget accuses Mr. A.H. of trying to distract him, and he asks if the game is... (full context)