Study Guide

The Luminaries Part 3, Chapter 1

By Eleanor Catton

Part 3, Chapter 1

Mercury In Aquarius (20 March 1866)

  • On this day, Moody gets up and heads downstairs for breakfast. Along the way, he listens at a particular door and assures himself that the occupant is still asleep.
  • While he's reading the paper, a wedding notice for Lydia and Francis Carver catches his eye.
  • Although they would be receiving cards at the Palace, Moody happened to know that Carver had actually been sleeping at the Crown.
  • Then Moody heads out to dig. While he's out there, he comes across Ah Sook hiding out in a tent. He tells him that Carver is sleeping at the Crown—in a room that allows him to watch out for Sook's approach.
  • He asks Sook for a bit of information about what went down between him and Carver, but Sook isn't exactly eager to share.
  • Then they turn their attention back to Sook's well-known plans to shoot Carver, and Sook says he's going to do it that very evening. They discuss the weapon Sook is going to buy for the job, and Moody tries to offer some advice. He tells her to go to the outfitters on Camp-street.
  • Then Sook gives Moody some digging advice.

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