Penelope Aislin "Poppet" Murray is a character in The Night Circus. She is a member of The Night Circus, being a trainer of small cats with her brother, Widget.


Born on the night of October 13 and 14, 1886, the birthday of the Murray Twins coincided with the opening night of "Le Cirque Des Reves " after their mother - wife to the wild-cat tamer - suddenly went into labour. The twins were delivered backstage, with Widget being born six minutes before midnight, and Poppet being born seven minutes after midnight. They were both born with different abilities, hers, the ability to tell the future through the stars. His, the ability to see the past on other people.

The twins spent their lives traveling with the circus, and eventually they developed an act which is reminiscent of their parents', although the twins performed with kittens. 

One day in 1897, Poppet met Bailey Clarke, a boy who managed to break into the circus to complete a dare from his sister. As Bailey must return with proof from the circus, Poppet gave him her glove and led him to an exit. 

Physical Description

The distinguishing feature of the Murray Twins is their bright red hair, which is extremely unusual within the black-and-white circus. However, their outfits match the circus' colour scheme.

Poppet's outfit is described as a white dress made of every type of fabric imaginable, white boots, a military jacket and white gloves. Widget's outfit corresponds to hers, except he is clad in black.

Whilst the circus slows down the rate at which people age, for some unknown reason the Murray Twins are the only characters within the circus who are aging normally.

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