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Introducting The Witcher

by Andrzej Sapkowski

This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are the
product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to
actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is coincidental.


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 Original text 1993 by Andrzej Sapkowski
 English translation 2007 by Danusia Stok
 Excerpt from Ores 1999 by Stan Nicholls

Geralt, steadying the carafe's pewter stopper with his
thumb, poured himself some wine, took a sip and
leaned back into his chair.
He was watching the monster with a smile. An exceptionally ugly one.
“Yeeees,” said Nivellen slowly, digging at the corner of his jaws with his
claw. “One has to admit you can answer questions without using many words.
It'll be interesting to see how you manage the next one. Who paid you to deal
with me?”
“No one. I’m here by accident.”
“You're not lying, by any chance?”
“I’m not in the habit of lying.”
“And what are you in the habit of doing? I’ve heard about witchers—they
abduct tiny children whom they feed with magic herbs. The ones who survive
become witchers themselves, sorcerers with inhuman powers. They're taught to
kill, and all human feelings and reactions are trained out of them. They're turned
into monsters in order to kill other monsters. I’ve heard it said it's high time
someone started hunting witchers, as there are fewer and fewer monsters and
more and more witchers. Do have some partridge before it's completely cold.”
Nivellen took the partridge from the dish, put it between his jaws and
crunched it like a piece of toast, bones cracking as they were crushed between
his teeth.
“Why don't you say anything?” he asked indistinctly, swallowing. “How much
of the rumors about you witchers is true?”
“Practically nothing.”
“And what's a lie?”
“That there are fewer and fewer monsters.”
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Meet the Author
ANDRZEJ SAPKOWSKI was born in 1948 in Poland. He studied economy and business, but
the success of his fantasy cycle about the sorcerer Geralt de Riv turned him into
a bestselling writer. He is now one of Poland's most famous and successful authors.
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Table of Contents

1: THE VOICE OF REASON
THE WITCHER
2: THE VOICE OF REASON
A GRAIN OF TRUTH
3: THE VOICE OF REASON
THE LESSER EVIL
4: THE VOICE OF REASON
A QUESTION OF PRICE
5: THE VOICE OF REASON
THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
6: THE VOICE OF REASON
THE LAST WISH
7: THE VOICE OF REASON

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Meet the Author
A preview of "ORCS"

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SHADAOW WARRIOR: SECTION 8
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- The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy -

Thomas J. Stanley, Ph.D. & William D. Danko, Ph.D.


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Preface
A reporter recently asked me about the changes I have noticed among the
American millionaire population since the current economic meltdown. She
wanted to know if the millionaire market is dead given the recent reversals in the
market value of stocks and homes. I replied that the millionaire next door is still
alive and kicking even today in this recession. Since 1980 I have consistently
found that most millionaires do not have all of their wealth tied up in their stock
portfolios or in their homes. One of the reasons that millionaires are
economically successful is that they think differently. Many a millionaire has
told me that true diversity has much to do with controlling one’s investments; no
one can control the stock market. But you can, for example, control your own
business, private investments, and money you lend to private parties. Not at any
time during the past thirty years have I found that the typical millionaire had
more than 30 percent of his wealth invested in publicly traded stocks. More often
it is in the low-to-mid-20-percent range. These percentages are consistent with
those found in studies conducted by the Internal Revenue Service, which has the
best data set on millionaires in the world.

Consider the profile of a millionaire-next-door-type couple, Ms. T and her
husband. To most, this couple’s lifestyle is boring, even common. This
millionaire’s brand of watch is a Timex; her husband’s is a Seiko (number one
among millionaires). The couple buys their clothes at Dillard’s, J.C. Penney, and
TJ Maxx. They have purchased only two motor vehicles in the past 10 years:
both Fords. The current market value of their home is approximately $275,000.
Ms. T’s most recent haircut cost $18. Yet they are uncommon in the sense that
they are financially independent.

When I speak of people like Ms. T and her husband, invariably someone will
ask: “But are they happy?” Fully 90 percent of millionaires who live in homes
valued at under $300,000 are extremely satisfied with life. And, in my most
recent work, I state that there are nearly three times as many households with
investments of $1 million or more living in homes valued at $300,000 or less
than there are living in homes valued at $1 million or more.

Even most multimillionaires in America don’t live in expensive homes. I
recently tabulated the 2007 IRS estate data (the latest data available) for those
decedents with an estate valued at $3.5 million or more. I estimated that the
median market value of a decedent’s home was $469,021, or less than 10 percent
of their median net worth. On average these decedents had more than two-andone-
half times more of their wealth invested in investment real estate than in
their own personal homes.

Profiling the millionaire next door population was a cumulative process which
continues today. Originally I used a different description to define this segment. I
first coined the “wealthy blue collar” segment in a paper entitled “Market
Segmentation: Utilizing Investment Determinants,” which I presented on
October 10, 1979 at a conference of the Securities Industry Association in New
York City. The paper was later published by the American Marketing
Association. Earlier in May 1979, the New York Stock Exchange had asked me
to develop a set of marketing implications and recommendations based upon its
then recently completed national survey of 2,741 households on investment
patterns and attitudes and behaviors about money. This provided a base for the
above-mentioned paper. A key point I made in this paper was:
opportunities exist in segments that the [investment] industry has
ignored for years…. [Members of] the really big segment, the wealthy
blue collar, do not need to purchase expensive artifacts that are part of
the white collar workers’ knapsack….

At the time of my presentation I realized that the blue-collar/millionaire next
door segment did exist, and it was likely to be a sizable one. Not long after I first
idenrified this marker, I discovered how very large it indeed was.
In June 1980 I was asked by a large money center bank to conduct a national
study of the millionaire population in America. During the planning stage, an
event took place which had a major influence upon the direction of my career I
encountered my epiphany about the millionaire-next-door segment one morning
at a task force meeting with my client and a colleague and friend, Jon Robbin.
Jon is a Harvard-trained mathematician who profiled the wealth characteristics
of the residents within each of more than 200,000 neighborhoods across
America. He said, in passing, “About one-half of the millionaires in America
don’t live in upscale neighborhoods.” That’s when the light went on inside my
head! The really compelling story was not the millionaire population in general.
Rather it was the low-profile millionaires, the ones who lived in modest homes
situated in middle-class, even working-class neighborhoods. From that moment
on, I intensely began studying and writing about the millionaire-next-door types.

The research that I conducted thirty years ago in 1980 was the first
comprehensive national study about the size, geographic distribution, and
financial lifestyles of millionaires. The key findings were highly congruent with
the numerous studies that I have conducted since that time.

I authored “The National Affluent Study 1981-1982” for a consortium of the
top fifty financial institutions in America. In addition to designing this study, I
traveled the country conducting focus group interviews with millionaires. Later,
many of these financial institutions, including seven of the top ten trust
companies in America, asked me to conduct focus group interviews and surveys
of the affluent on their behalf. As a result, I had the opportunity to meet with
more than 500 millionaires face to face. My interpretation of these interviews as
well as many others that I conducted is given throughout The Millionaire Next
Door. Interestingly, the millionaires I interviewed in Oklahoma and Texas, for
example, had the same set of traditional American values as those whom I
interviewed in New York City and Chicago. The large majority was keenly
interested in being financially independent. That’s why they lived below their means.

Prior to writing The Millionaire Next Door, I spent nearly an entire year
reviewing my survey data and the transcripts of the interviews conducted
between 1982 and 1996. This extensive research and analysis, I believe, is what
makes The Millionaire Next Door a perennial best seller. For the price of a book,
the reader is essentially buying the equivalent of more than $1 million worth of
invaluable research and interpretation.

Why do I continue to write about rich people? It is not for the benefit of rich
people! What I write is designed to enlighten those who are confused and
misinformed about what it means to be rich. Most Americans have no idea about
the true inner workings of a wealthy household. The advertising industry and
Hollywood have done a wonderful job conditioning us to believe that wealth and
hyperconsumption go hand in hand. Yet, as I have said many times, the large
majority of the rich live well below their means. Unfortunately, most Americans
think that they are emulating the rich by immediately consuming any upward
swing in their cash flow.
But the millionaire-next-door types do it differently. As one millionaire
woman trained as an engineer told me, “After college my husband (also an
engineer) and I both got good jobs. We lived on one income and saved the other.
Anytime we got raises we just saved more. We have lived in the same modest
1,900-square-foot home for twenty years…. Sometimes my kids ask if we are
poor because I make them order from the $1 value menu.”

America is still the land of opportunity. Over the past thirty years I have
consistently found that 80 to 85 percent of millionaires are self-made. There is
great pride, joy and satisfaction to be derived from building one’s own fortune.
Countless millionaires have told me that the journey to wealth is much more
satisfying than the destination. When they look back over their history of
building wealth, they recall constantly setting economic goals and the great
happiness gained from achieving them. Yes, in the context of economic
achievement, it is the trip, the journey to financial independence about which the
millionaires next door most often boast.
Thomas J. Stanley, Ph.D.
June 2010
Atlanta, Georgia
Visit Dr. Stanley at www.thomasjstanley.com
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Introduction
Twenty years ago we began studying how people become wealthy. Initially, we
did it just as you might imagine, by surveying people in so-called upscale
neighborhoods across the country. In time, we discovered something odd. Many
people who live in expensive homes and drive luxury cars do not actually have
much wealth. Then, we discovered something even odder: Many people who
have a great deal of wealth do not even live in upscale neighborhoods.

That small insight changed our lives. It led one of us, Tom Stanley, out of an
academic career, inspired him to write three books on marketing to the affluent
in America, and made him an advisor to corporations that provide products and
services to the affluent. In addition, he conducted research about the affluent for
seven of the top ten financial service corporations in America. Between us, we
have conducted hundreds of seminars on the topic of targeting the wealthy.
Why are so many people interested in what we have to say? Because we have
discovered who the wealthy really are and who they are not. And, most
important, we have determined how ordinary people can become wealthy.

What is so profound about these discoveries? Just this: Most people have it all
wrong about wealth in America. Wealth is not the same as income. If you make a
good income each year and spend it all, you are not getting wealthier. You are
just living high. Wealth is what you accumulate, not what you spend.
How do you become wealthy? Here, too, most people have it wrong. It is
seldom luck or inheritance or advanced degrees or evenintelligence that enables
people to amass fortunes. Wealth is more often the result of a lifestyle of hard
work, perseverance, planning, and, most of all, self-discipline.

How come I am not wealthy?

Many people ask this question of themselves all the time. Often they are hardworking,
well-educated, high-income people. Why, then, are so few affluent?
....


Table of Contents
Tables
Preface
Introduction
1: Meet the Millionaire Next Door
2: Frugal Frugal Frugal
3: Time, Energy, and Money
4: You Aren’t What You Drive
5: Economic Outpatient Care
6: Affirmative Action, Family Style
7: Find Your Niche
8: Jobs: Millionaires versus Heirs
Acknowledgments
Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Appendix 3

Tables
1-1: The Top Ten Ancestry Groups of American Millionaires
1-2: The Top Fifteen Economically Productive Small Population Ancestry Groups
2-1: Prices Paid by Millionaires for Clothing and Accessories
2-2: Credit Cards of Millionaire Household Members
2-3: Contrasts among American Taxpayers
3-1: Concerns, Fears, and Worries: Dr. North vs. Dr. South
3-2: Consumption Habits: The Norths vs. the Souths
3-3: Income and Wealth Contrasts: The Norths vs. the Souths
3-4: Concerns, Fears, and Worries: PAWs vs. UAWs
3-5: Investment Planning and Demographic Contrasts: Middle-Income PAWs vs. UAWs
3-6: Hours Allocated: Dr. North vs. Dr. South
4-1: Motor Vehicles of Millionaires: Model-Year
4-2: Motor Vehicles of Millionaires: Purchase Price
4-3: Motor Vehicle Acquisition Orientations of Millionaires
4-4: Economic Lifestyles of Motor Vehicle Acquisition Types
5-1: Economic Outpatient Care Given by Affluent Parents
5-2: Receivers vs. Nonreceivers of Cash Gifts
6-1: The Likelihood of Receiving a Substantial Inheritance: Occupational Contrasts
6-2: The Likelihood of Receiving Substantial Financial Gifts: Occupational Contrasts
6-3: Mean Annual Earnings: Men vs. Women
6-4: Corporate Executive—Gifts and Inheritance
6-5: Entrepreneur—Gifts and Inheritance
6-6: Physicians—Gifts and Inheritance
7-1: Estimated Allocations of Estates Valued at $1 Million or More
7-2: Estimated Fees for Estate Services
7-3: Predicted Number and Value of Estates of $1 Million or More
7-4: Predicted Number of Estates Valued at $1 Million or More Rank Ordered by
Number of Estates by State for the Year 2000
7-5: Estimated Number of Millionaire Households in the Year 2005
8-1: Rankings of Selected Categories of Sole Proprietorships
8-2: The Top Ten Most Profitable Sole-Proprietorship Businesses
8-3: Selected Businesses/Occupations of Self-Employed Millionaires


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- A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life -

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MARK MANSON is a star blogger with more than two million readers. He
lives in New York City.
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
This book began as a big, messy thing and required more than just my own
hands to chisel something comprehensible out of it.
First and foremost, thank you to my brilliant and beautiful wife, Fernanda,
who never hesitates to say no to me when I need to hear it most. Not only do you
make me a better person, but your unconditional love and constant feedback
during the writing process were indispensable.
To my parents, for putting up with my shit all these years and continuing to
love me anyway. In many ways, I don’t feel as though I fully became an adult
until I understood many of the concepts in this book. In that sense, it’s been a joy
to get to know you as an adult these past few years. And to my brother as well: I
never doubt the existence of mutual love and respect between us, even if I
sometimes get butt-hurt that you don’t text me back.
To Philip Kemper and Drew Birnie—two big brains that conspire to make
my brain appear much larger than it actually is. Your hard work and brilliance
continue to floor me.
To Michael Covell, for being my intellectual stress test, especially when it
comes to understanding psychological research, and for always challenging me
on my assumptions. To my editor, Luke Dempsey, for mercilessly tightening the
screws on my writing, and for possibly having an even fouler mouth than I do.
To my agent, Mollie Glick, for helping me define the vision for the book and
pushing it much farther into the world than I ever expected to see it go. To
Taylor Pearson, Dan Andrews, and Jodi Ettenburg, for their support during this
process; you three kept me both accountable and sane, which are the only two
things every writer needs.
And finally, to the millions of people who, for whatever reason, decided to
read a potty-mouthed asshole from Boston writing about life on his blog. The
flood of emails I’ve received from those of you willing to open up the most
intimate corners of your life to me, a complete stranger, both humbles me and
inspires me. At this point in my life, I’ve spent thousands of hours reading and
studying these subjects. But you all continue to be my true education. Thank
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Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1: Don’t Try
The Feedback Loop from Hell
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck
So Mark, What the Fuck Is the Point of This Book Anyway?
CHAPTER 2: Happiness Is a Problem
The Misadventures of Disappointment Panda
Happiness Comes from Solving Problems
Emotions Are Overrated
Choose Your Struggle
CHAPTER 3: You Are Not Special
Things Fall Apart
The Tyranny of Exceptionalism
B-b-b-but, If I’m Not Going to Be Special or Extraordinary, What’s the Point?
CHAPTER 4: The Value of Suffering
The Self-Awareness Onion
Rock Star Problems
Shitty Values
Defining Good and Bad Values
CHAPTER 5: You Are Always Choosing
The Choice
The Responsibility/Fault Fallacy
Responding to Tragedy
Genetics and the Hand We’re Dealt
Victimhood Chic
There Is No “How”
CHAPTER 6: You’re Wrong About Everything (But So Am I)
Architects of Our Own Beliefs
Be Careful What You Believe
The Dangers of Pure Certainty
Manson’s Law of Avoidance
Kill Yourself
How to Be a Little Less Certain of Yourself
CHAPTER 7: Failure Is the Way Forward
The Failure/Success Paradox
Pain Is Part of the Process
The “Do Something” Principle
CHAPTER 8: The Importance of Saying No
Rejection Makes Your Life Better
Boundaries
How to Build Trust
Freedom Through Commitment
CHAPTER 9: . . . And Then You Die
Something Beyond Our Selves
The Sunny Side of Death
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Credits
Copyright
About the Publisher


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VIVI ANNA, SYLVIA DAY, DELILAH DEVLIN, CATHRYN FOX, MYLA JACKSON, LISA RENEE JONES, SASHA WHITE

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 2008 by Cathryn Fox. Indecent Exposure
 2008 by Delilah Devlin. Forbidden Fruit
 2008 by Lisa Renee Jones. Billboard Babe
 2008 by Mary E. Jernigan. Wish upon a Star
 2008 by Sabrina Ingram. That Old Black Magic
 2008 by Sylvia Day. Silver Waters
 2008 by Tawny Stokes

About the Authors
CATHRYN FOX graduated from university with a
Bachelor of Business degree, majoring in accounting
and economics. Shortly into her career Cathryn quickly
figured out that the corporate life wasn’t for her. Needing
an outlet for her creative energy, Cathryn turned in
her briefcase and calculator and began writing erotic romance
full-time. Cathryn enjoys writing dark paranormals
and light contemporaries.

DELILAH DEVLIN has lived in Saudi Arabia, Germany,
and Ireland, but calls Texas home for now. Always
a risk taker, she lived in the Saudi Peninsula during the
Gulf War, thwarted an attempted abduction, and survived
her children’s juvenile delinquency. Creating alter
egos for herself in the pages of her books enables her to
live new adventures—and chronicle a few of her own.
(You get to guess which!)

LISA RENEE JONES owned and operated a temporary
staffing agency for over ten years, earning numerous
industry awards. The corporate world offered only
limited opportunity to explore her creative side, so she
began writing romantic suspense. Since starting her
career, she has placed in numerous contests, including
winning the Romantic Times Aspiring Writers contest
for her romantic suspense, Hidden Instincts.

MYLA JACKSON began writing in third grade, when
she penciled a story about a princess in a castle in a magical
land. She’s been telling stories ever since. She enjoys
writing fast, fun, and sexy stories that elicit laughter as
well as tears from her readers.

Gifted with a salacious imagination, SASHA WHITE’s
brand of Romance with Heat, and Erotica with Heart is
all about sassy women and sexy men. With a voice that
is called “distinctive and delicious” by The Romance
Studio, Sasha White has published over a dozen erotic
stories in genres such as contemporary, paranormal,
suspense, and science fiction and is going strong.

SYLVIA DAY is the national best-selling, award-winning
author of over a dozen novels. A wife and mother of
two, she is a former Russian linguist for the U.S. Army
Military Intelligence. Called “wonderful and passionate”
by WNBC.com and “wickedly entertaining” by
Booklist, her stories frequently garner Readers’ Choice
and Reviewers’ Choice accolades. She’s been honored
with the EPPIE award and has been named a finalist
for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA®
Award of Excellence multiple times.
Visit with her at www.SylviaDay.com

A bad girl at heart, VIVI ANNA likes to burn up the
pages with her unique brand of fantasy fiction. Whether
it’s in ancient Egypt or in an apocalyptic future, Vivi
Anna always writes fast-paced action-adventure with
strong independent women that can kick some butt, and
dark delicious heroes to kill for.
....


Table of Contents
Peaches and Cream
Cathryn Fox 1
About Cathryn Fox
Indecent Exposure
Delilah Devlin 41
About Delilah Devlin
Forbidden Fruit
Lisa Renee Jones 103
About Lisa Renee Jones
Billboard Babe
Myla Jackson 149
About Myla Jackson
Wish upon a Star
Sasha White 201
About Sasha Whit e
That Old Black Magic
Sylvia Day 235
About Sylvia Day
Silver Waters
Vivi Anna 275
About Vivi Anna
Other Books in the Alluring Tales Series
Credits
Cover
Copyright
About the Publisher


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1. Magicians—Fiction. 2. Circus—Fiction. 3. Games—Fiction. 4. Circus performers—Fiction.

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Anticipation
The circus arrives without warning.
No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or
advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.
The towering tents are striped in white and black, no golds and crimsons to be seen. No color at all, save for the neighboring trees and the grass of the surrounding fields. Black-and-white stripes on grey sky;
countless tents of varying shapes and sizes, with an elaborate wrought-iron fence encasing them in a
colorless world. Even what little ground is visible from outside is black or white, painted or powdered, or treated with some other circus trick.
But it is not open for business. Not just yet.
Within hours everyone in town has heard about it. By afternoon the news has spread several towns over.
Word of mouth is a more effective method of advertisement than typeset words and exclamation points on paper pamphlets or posters. It is impressive and unusual news, the sudden appearance of a mysterious circus. People marvel at the staggering height of the tallest tents. They stare at the clock that sits just inside the gates that no one can properly describe.
And the black sign painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, the one that reads:
Opens at Nightfall
Closes at Dawn
“What kind of circus is only open at night?” people ask. No one has a proper answer, yet as dusk
approaches there is a substantial crowd of spectators gathering outside the gates.
You are amongst them, of course. Your curiosity got the better of you, as curiosity is wont to do. You stand in the fading light, the scarf around your neck pulled up against the chilly evening breeze, waiting to see for yourself exactly what kind of circus only opens once the sun sets.
The ticket booth clearly visible behind the gates is closed and barred. The tents are still, save for when
they ripple ever so slightly in the wind. The only movement within the circus is the clock that ticks by the passing minutes, if such a wonder of sculpture can even be called a clock.
The circus looks abandoned and empty. But you think perhaps you can smell caramel wafting through the evening breeze, beneath the crisp scent of the autumn leaves. A subtle sweetness at the edges of the cold. The sun disappears completely beyond the horizon, and the remaining luminosity shifts from dusk to twilight. The people around you are growing restless from waiting, a sea of shuffling feet, murmuring about abandoning the endeavor in search of someplace warmer to pass the evening. You yourself are debating departing when it happens.
First, there is a popping sound. It is barely audible over the wind and conversation. A soft noise like a
kettle about to boil for tea. Then comes the light.
All over the tents, small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. The waiting crowd quiets as it watches this display of illumination. Someone near you gasps.
A small child claps his hands with glee at the sight.
When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.
Stretched across the top of the gates, hidden in curls of iron, more firefly-like lights flicker to life. They pop as they brighten, some accompanied by a shower of glowing white sparks and a bit of smoke. The people nearest to the gates take a few steps back.
At first, it is only a random pattern of lights. But as more of them ignite, it becomes clear that they are
aligned in scripted letters. First a C is distinguishable, followed by more letters. A q, oddly, and several e’s. When the final bulb pops alight, and the smoke and sparks dissipate, it is finally legible, this elaborate incandescent sign. Leaning to your left to gain a better view, you can see that it reads:
Le Cirque des Rêves
Some in the crowd smile knowingly, while others frown and look questioningly at their neighbors. A child near you tugs on her mother’s sleeve, begging to know what it says.
“The Circus of Dreams,” comes the reply. The girl smiles delightedly.
Then the iron gates shudder and unlock, seemingly by their own volition. They swing outward, inviting the crowd inside.
Now the circus is open.
Now you may enter.
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Table of Contents
Cover
Title Page
Copyright
Anticipation
Part I: Primordium Unexpected Post: New York, February 1873
A Gentlemen’s Wager: London, October 1873
Shades of Grey: London, January 1874
Magic Lessons: 1875–1880
Le Bateleur: London, May–June 1884
False Pretenses: July–November 1884
Target Practice: London, December 1884
Darkness and Stars
Truth or Dare: Concord, Massachusetts, September 1897
Associates and Conspirators: London, February 1885
Condolences: New York, March 1885
The Contortionist’s Tattoo: London, September 1885
Horology: Munich, 1885
Auditory: London, April 1886
Stratagem: London, April 1886
Fire and Light
Hidden Things: Concord, Massachusetts, October 1902
Part II: Illumination
Opening Night I: Inception: London, October 13 and 14, 1886
Opening Night II: Sparks: London, October 13 and 14, 1886
Opening Night III: Smoke and Mirrors: London, October 13 and 14, 1886
The Hanged Man
Oneiromancy: Concord, Massachusetts, October 1902
Rules of the Game: 1887–1889
Tasting: Lyon, September 1889
Chaperoned: Cairo, November 1890
Wishes and Desires: Paris, May 1891
Atmosphere: London, September 1891
Rêveurs: 1891–1892
Collaborations: September–December 1893
The Ticking of the Clock: Vienna, January 1894
The Magician’s Umbrella: Prague, March 1894
Reflections and Distortions
Cartomancy: Concord, Massachusetts, October 1902
The Wizard in the Tree: Barcelona, November 1894
Temporary Places: London, April 1895
Movement: Munich, April 1895
In Loving Memory of Tara Burgess: Glasgow, April 1895
Labyrinth
Ailuromancy: Concord, Massachusetts, October 1902
Tête-à-Tête: London, August 1896
Part III: Intersections
The Lovers
Thirteen: London, Friday, October 13, 1899
Bedtime Stories: Concord, Massachusetts, October 1902
Bookkeeping: London, March 1900
Three Cups of Tea with Lainie Burgess: London, Basel, and Constantinople, 1900
Stormy Seas: Dublin, June 1901
An Entreaty: Concord, Massachusetts, October 30, 1902
Invitation: London, October 30, 1901
Intersections I: The Drop of a Hat: London, October 31–November 1, 1901
Darkest Before the Dawn: Concord, Massachusetts, October 31, 1902
Intersections II: Scarlet Furies and Red Destinies: London, October 31–November 1,
1901
The Pool of Tears
Farewell: Concord, Massachusetts, October 30 and 31, 1902
Retrospect: London, November 1, 1901
Beautiful Pain: London, November 1, 1901
Part IV: Incendiary
Technicalities: London, November 1, 1901
Playing with Fire
Tsukiko: En Route from London to Munich, November 1, 1901
Escapement: Concord and Boston, October 31, 1902
Impasse: Montréal, August 1902
Visitations: September 1902
Charming but Deadly
Precognition: En Route from Boston to New York, October 31, 1902
Pursuit: En Route from Boston to New York, November 1, 1902
Old Ghosts: London, October 31, 1902
Aftermath: New York, November 1, 1902
Incendiary: New York, October 31, 1902
Transmutation: New York, November 1, 1902
Suspended: New York, November 1, 1902
The Second Lighting of the Bonfire: New York, November 1, 1902
Part V: DivinationF
ates Foretold
Blueprints: London, December 1902
Stories: Paris, January 1903
Bons Rêves
Acknowledgments


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The Night Circus.Erin Morgenstren
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