The prologue of the novel The Emerald Atlas tells an event that happened during a snowy Christmas Eve in the lives of the siblings. It introduces the children's parents, a mysterious old man, a nun, three dark entities, and an adversary who was only referred as "he".

It is being followed by Chapter 1: Mrs. Lovestock's Hat.




  • The woman (mother)
  • The man (father)
  • Tall man (later called the old man)
  • Kate (4-year old)
  • Michael (2-year old)
  • Emma (infant)
  • Sister Agatha
  • Three dark figures


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