From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
City of Bones

City of Bones


by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones Chapter 9 Summary

How It All Goes Down

The Circle and the Brotherhood

  • Jace and Clary take Simon back to the Institute.
  • They would give him the grand tour, but the only sightseeing he's interested in is Isabelle.
  • She has Simon drooling right away, and it's not because of her cooking, which Jace says is really bad.
  • Isabelle's a hot dish (okay, we'll stop with the cooking puns) and Clary is so jealous.
  • She can't stand the heat, so she gets out of the kitchen. (Okay, we promise we'll stop for real now.)
  • On the way to visit Hodge in the greenhouse, Jace gives Clary a crash course in gender politics, Shadowhunter-style.
  • The greenhouse, by the way, is really pretty and colorful and fragrant and wonderful and wow. In books, we don't have allergies, so we totally want to go to there.
  • When Clary and Jace give Hodge the scoop on what happened at Luke/Lucian's, Hodge goes pale with the realization that Valentine's Circle is making a comeback.
  • He leads them to the library where he pulls out a book containing the loyalty oath of the Circle of Raziel: "I will be ready to risk my life at any time for the Circle, in order to preserve the purity of the bloodline of Idris" (9.138).
  • Clary says it best when she says, "It sounds creepy […] like a fascist organization or something" (9.141). Yep. We hear ya, honey.
  • She's right, too. Hodge says that the Circle's plan was to wipe out the half-demon Downworlders in order to restore the world's purity. Very original, Emperor Palpatine. Oops, we mean Voldemort. Ack, we mean Valentine.
  • As if that wasn't enough, Hodge reveals that he was in the Circle.
  • So was Clary's mother.
  • And one more parting shot before the curtain falls on Part One:
  • Jocelyn was Valentine's wife.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...