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And by everyone, I meant only a small number of people, but those who counted. I assumed that the work of Clarke was a refined taste that would be too unusual and strange for the general public.

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I'm not sure why she made this decision, I often explain to my friends in basic terms how cars and money work in our culture, so it's clear that endless expositionary dialogue is the most realistic way to inform the reader.

I mean, I guess you could just have the omniscient narrator tell us everything in detail, that's almost as good. Come to think of it, this book had a lot of history stuff, it was almost like she had read a whole bunch about the period her book was set in, which is such a waste of time, because if that's what I wanted, I'd just read a history book.

I mean sure, the author could take some vague things from a period, but otherwise they should just treat everything as if it were the modern day so it'll make sense. Besides, if she had any errors, she could just jonathan strange and mr norrell us that 'it's fiction! I guess she thought she was Jane Austen, or something, gradually building a tonal portrait of the world and revealing the characters through details of action jonathan strange and mr norrell conversation.

England is beleaguered by the long war with Napoleon, and centuries have passed since practical magicians faded into the nation's past.

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But scholars of this glorious history discover jonathan strange and mr norrell one remains: Proceeding to London, he raises a beautiful woman from the dead and summons an army of ghostly ships to terrify the French.

However, after experimenting with dangerous magic that threatens his sanity to gain access to Faerie, he discovers that Arabella is alive and being held captive in Lost-Hope.

The gentleman with the thistle-down hair curses him with Eternal Night, an eerie darkness that engulfs him and follows him wherever he goes. Thereafter, Strange's strenuous efforts to rescue Arabella take their toll, and his letters to his friends appear crazed.

Drawlight is sent by Lascelles and Norrell to Venice to find out more about Strange's activities and Strange uses his magic to bring Drawlight before him. Strange instructs Drawlight to deliver messages to Norrell, Childermass and the jonathan strange and mr norrell community within England before dismissing him.

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Strange then re-invokes the old alliances that exist in England between the forces of nature and John Uskglass. This sparks a magical renaissance, but Norrell fails to grasp its significance.

Jonathan strange and mr norrell attempts to deliver the messages to their recipients, but is intercepted by Lascelles, who murders him, as Norrell learning the truth would damage Lascelles' control over Norrell.

Strange, bringing the "Eternal Night" with him, asks Norrell to help him undo Arabella's enchantment by summoning John Uskglass. With the "Eternal Night" at Hurtfew, Lascelles becomes trapped in a fairy road forever.

Childermass meanwhile eventually receives the message meant for him by Strange and uses it to break the enchantment over Lady Pole.


Enraged by this, the gentleman with the thistle-down hair intends to place a second deadly curse on Lady Jonathan strange and mr norrell, as Faerie tradition demands.

En route, he murders Vinculus after they encounter him, with Stephen Black forced to watch. During these events, Norrell and Strange attempt a spell that would cause the nature forces of England to pay homage to John Uskglass.

Not knowing his true name, they dedicate it to the "nameless slave".

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However, the two magicians' belief that this is Uskglass is mistaken, and instead the power is devoted to Stephen. He uses his momentary control of all English magic to destroy the man with the thistle-down hair.

Then, leaving England forever by one of the newly opened Faerie roads, Stephen becomes the new king of the now-blossoming Lost-Hope. Childermass discovers Vinculus's body and notes that it is tattooed with the last work of John Uskglass.


As he tries to preserve the tattoos in jonathan strange and mr norrell, a man appears. He calls Childermass his servant giving him the misapprehension that it is Norrell in disguisethen brings Vinculus back to life and performs other feats of magic with ease. The mysterious man, heavily implied to be John Uskglass himself, then disappears, removing Childermass's and Vinculus's memories of the encounter as he goes.