Study Guide

The Luminaries Characters

By Eleanor Catton

Walter Moody—Mercury

The Luminaries is truly the sum of many parts/stories/characters, and Walter Moody is at the...

Anna Wetherell—The Sun/The Moon

When the book opens, we soon find out that Anna Wetherell is pretty well known around...

Lydia Greenway Wells Carver—Venus

Lydia Wells is the book's resident vixen. Anna may be the most beloved and sought-after...

Francis Carver—Mars

Francis Carver is the big bad in this novel, and all the nasty stuff that happens to the main...

Sook Yongsheng—Aquarius

Sook Yongsheng is a local hatter—which, as Anna helpfully explains at one point, is a...

Alistair Lauderback—Jupiter

Alistair Lauderback is a London-born lawyer who came to New Zealand in 1851 to make his fortune....

Crosbie Wells

Crosbie is the dude whose murder gets everyone so interested in the giant web of strange...

Te Rau Tauwhare—Aries

Te Rau is an exquisite carver (with a particular fondness for pounamu, a local green stone that...

Charlie Frost—Taurus

24-year-old Charlie Frost is the banker who handles the sale of Crosbie Wells's estate—and,...

Benjamin Löwenthal—Gemini

Ben Löwenthal is the editor of the West Coast Times, the local paper in Hokitika, and...

Edgar Clinch—Cancer

Edgar Clinch is the hotelier with whom Anna first lives when she comes to Hokitika. He also made...

Dick Mannering—Leo

Mannering is originally from Sussex, England, and is associated with the forceful zodiac sign of...

Quee Long—Virgo

Quee Long is a Kaniere goldsmith associated with the zodiac sign Virgo. He is part of the council...

Harald Nilssen—Libra

Harald Nilssen is a commission merchant who was originally from Norway (and who, as a result, has...

Joseph Pritchard—Scorpio

Joseph Pritchard is the local chemist in Hokitika, and he's associated with the sign of Scorpio....

Thomas Balfour—Sagittarius

Thomas Balfour is a shipping agent, which means he ends up being pretty important to a lot of the...

Aubert Gascoigne—Capricorn

Gascoigne works in the courthouse as the justice's clerk. He is associated with the sign of...

Cowell Devlin—Pisces

Cowell Devlin is an Irish Methodist minister who comes to work for the prison in Hokitika....

George Shepard—Saturn

George Shepard is associated with the planet Saturn, which is the "taskmaster" of the Zodiac and...

Emery Staines—The Moon/The Sun

Emery Staines begins the novel associated with the moon and ends up as the sun (which is when...

Margaret Shepard

Margaret helps Sook out more than once—first in Sydney, when he's falsely accused of...

Adrian Moody

Adrian is Walter's father. Walter tells the men in the Crown smoking room (and us) about his dad...

Minor Characters

He's Nilssen's clerk. He helps bring messages back and forth between Nilssen and...

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