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Changed: 3c3
Gwendolen is not actually a very powerful witch at all. Most of her life, she's been stealing power from Cat, who is a nine-lifed enchanter like Chrestomanci. By the time he finds this out, she has already used up several of his lives.
* After Gwendolen pushes Chrestomanci too far, he takes her magic away.

Changed: 5,11c5
Cat's Lives:
#Cat lost a life when he was born. Janet's brother died the same way.
#Cat lost one life in the boat wreck that killed their parents.
#Gwendolen used one of Cat's lives to power the spell she used to tie his remaining lives to a book of matches so she could control them more easily; as a side-effect, it gave Cat a terrible case of cramps.
#Fiddle was created with one of Cat's lives.
#Gwendolen uses one of Cat's lives to get to the next world over.
#When Janet deduces the truth about the book of matches, Cat attempts to prove her wrong by lighting one of the matches, which causes him to lose another life.
* Using a book she finds in the Chrestomanci Castle library, Otherworld Studies, Book III, Gwendolen casts a spell that carries her off to another of the worlds in Series Twelve. As a side-effect, each of her alternates in the Series is also moved around one world, with Gwendolen being replaced by Janet, who is replaced in her own world by Romillia, who is replaced by Jennifer, and so on around to Gwendolen replacing Caroline. She also leaves a spell behind that turns Euphemia into a frog. How she manages either of these things with her magic confiscated initially puzzles Cat.

Added: 12a7
* Janet and Cat try to hide what happened, for fear of what Chrestomanci will do. In the end it turns out that he'd worked it out himself fairly quickly, but was afraid to force the issue because he wasn't sure how much Cat had gone along with Gwendolen voluntarily, and he didn't know what Cat would do if he was cornered.

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Chrestomanci has a pet dragon which was orphaned by poachers. It lives in his workshop, in the old part of Chrestomanci Castle.
* Cat does have considerable magic - he is, in fact, a nine-lifed enchanter - but Gwendolen took control of his magic when he was too young to understand (on her own, she's a relatively minor talent). It's his magic she used to do her major working after her own was confiscated. After she leaves, Cat's magic starts showing itself, although since enchanter's magic works by thought alone Cat initially believes he's just having a run of luck (or, in the instance where Michael Saunders makes him undo the spell on Euphemia, that somebody else is doing it).

Added: 15a11,17
* Cat loses his first six lives as follows:
# Nearly dying when was born
# Gwendolen used one up in the working by which she took control of him and bound his lives into a book of matches (incidentally giving him a serious case of cramps)
# Drowning in the Saucy Nancy Disaster
# Gwendolen used one to animate Fiddle
# Gwendolen used up another one in her escape into the next world
# Cat struck one of the matches, destroying the life it represented, in an attempt to prove that Janet's suspicions about what Gwendolen had been up to were incorrect

Changed: 17,18c19,33
Chrestomanci's weakness is silver: he can't perform magic on silver objects, and if he is touching or carrying silver he can't perform magic at all, and is obliged to speak only the truth. This limits his ability to deal with the tricks Gwendolen pulls at dinner, when he is surrounded by silverware.
Janet, when she finds out, suggests that he should switch to using stainless steel tableware.
* The dressing-table mirror in Gwendolen's room has a spell on it so that Chrestomanci can keep an eye on Gwendolen. Gwendolen has figured this out by the time she makes her escape, which she does in the bathroom where the mirror can't see her.

* Bernard, on Chrestomanci's instructions, buys Fiddle off Mrs Sharp for five pounds and a mass of stock investment advice which nets Mrs Sharp a hundred pounds. (Mr Henry Nostrum, after hearing of this, tries with his own money and loses every penny; Mrs Sharp takes this as a sign of Bernard's power, but it may be only that the advice was time-sensitive.) Fiddle is put to live in the old castle ruins for safe-keeping.

* Chrestomanci is the mysterious voice who spoke to Cat through Miss Larkins; he and his staff had been searching for a nine-lifed enchanter to train as the next Chrestomanci for some time, but had had no luck because their main technique involved detecting enchanter's magic and Cat never got to use his. It's never said for sure, but he may also be the grateful client who subsequently had Miss Larkins set up in a salon in Bond Street.

* The small dragon in the tower workroom at Chrestomanci Castle is alive (just asleep when Cat first sees it). It's still a baby; Chrestomanci rescued it after poachers killed its mother. It can speak English fluently. It's fed minced steaks, and hunts mice (although whether for food or sport is not clear).

* Inside the old castle ruins is a magic garden, containing in various parts all climates and all times of year. Millie says that it is "as old as the hills, and stuffed with magic". Chrestomanci suggests that it is even older, saying that it "has things in it from the dawn of all the worlds". The centre can only be reached by spiralling in clockwise, and can only be left by spiralling out widdershins. At the centre of the garden is a small bowl of meadowland, at the centre of which is a single apple tree with a spring at its base, and a ruined archway - the two sides still standing, and the top-piece lying at the foot of the tree. If one knows how, one can travel to other places, including other worlds, through the archway.

* Mr William Nostrum and Mr Henry Nostrum are at the head of a conspiracy to break Chrestomanci's power so that they can use magic for their own gain. Mr Baslam is in it, as are many of the people from Coven Street, including Mrs Sharp and the Willing Warlock.

{{here a section is missing, regarding the details of the conspiracy and its outcome; the present editor's computer ate his homework}}

* Chrestomanci's weakness is silver: he can't perform magic on silver objects, and if he is touching or carrying silver he can't perform magic at all, and is obliged to speak only the truth. This limits his ability to deal with the tricks Gwendolen pulls at dinner, when he is surrounded by silverware. Janet, when she finds out, suggests that he should switch to using stainless steel tableware.

Spoilers for Charmed Life

  1. Nearly dying when was born
  2. Gwendolen used one up in the working by which she took control of him and bound his lives into a book of matches (incidentally giving him a serious case of cramps)
  3. Drowning in the Saucy Nancy Disaster
  4. Gwendolen used one to animate Fiddle
  5. Gwendolen used up another one in her escape into the next world
  6. Cat struck one of the matches, destroying the life it represented, in an attempt to prove that Janet's suspicions about what Gwendolen had been up to were incorrect

{{here a section is missing, regarding the details of the conspiracy and its outcome; the present editor's computer ate his homework}}


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