Study Guide

The Luminaries Part 3, Chapter 3

By Eleanor Catton

Part 3, Chapter 3

Saturn in Virgo (20 March 1866)

  • This chapter begins with Shepard getting the news from Mr. Everard that Sook (whom he had had watched) had bought a gun. He orders Everard to spread the word that if anyone sees Sook, they are to call Shepard.
  • He also asks Everard to alert Carver to the news of Sook's purchase.
  • Meanwhile, it seems that since Staines had been missing for eight weeks, the Magistrate decided that his claims and mines were to be surrendered to the Crown.
  • Quee has been given a new claim as a result. He is exiting the Company office with his new indenture papers when some men mistake him for Johnny Sook and assault him.
  • Manning interrupts the assault, telling them they have the wrong dude.
  • Quee thanks Mannering for helping. Then they discuss Sook's whereabouts.
  • Mannering discovers that Quee has been assigned to his claim the Dream of England. Mannering assures Quee it's not a duffer.

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