Cirque Du Freak
The Vampire’s Assistant by Darren Shan
Inference: Darren and Mr. Crepsley have a love/hate relationship.
Supporting Detail: Page 23: I wasn’t getting along very well with Mr. Crepsley. Nice as he was, I couldn’t forget that he was the one who pumped vampire blood into my veins and made it impossible for me to stay with my family.
I hated him. Sometimes during the day, I’d think about driving a stake through his heart while he kept sleeping, and running away. I might have, too, except I knew I couldn’t survive without him. For the moment I needed Larten Crepsley.
Inference: Mr. Tall is a demanding yet fair boss of Cirque Du Freak.
Support Detail: Pages 39 & 40: “Mr. Tall insists on everybody doing something. You will have to help set up chairs and lights, sell souvenirs, clean up afterward, or do the cooking. You will be kept busy, but they will never overwork you. You will have plenty of time for your lessons.
Inference: Sam’s parents are very opened-minded and free spirited.
Supporting Details, Page 80: “But they wouldn’t mind,” Sam insisted. “They’d be delighted for me. They’re always saying travel broadens the mind. They’d love the idea of me going around the world, having adventures, seeing marvelous, mystical sights.”