Study Guide

The Luminaries Part 3, Chapter 9

By Eleanor Catton

Part 3, Chapter 9

The Greater Malefic (20 March 1866)

  • Outside the Crown Hotel, Ah Sook is hiding and waiting to make his move. He's listening to Lydia and Carver talking. They're chatting about Moody and whether he might be Adrian Moody's son—since apparently they know Adrian.
  • Carver goes into the next room by himself, and Sook is planning to take him then.
  • However, as he starts to make his move, George Shepard intercepts him—apparently, Margaret had tipped him off. He tells Sook to drop his weapon or else he'll kill him.
  • They discuss George's brother Jeremy—that is, Margaret's previous husband. Sook reiterates that he didn't kill him, but it's clear George doesn't believe him.
  • Back inside the Crown, Lydia and Carver have just heard a loud noise that sounds like a gunshot. Carver thinks it might have been someone cleaning a gun.
  • She's worried about Ah Sook, but Carver claims he's not.
  • Then they go back to talking about Moody, who had claimed to be on the Godspeed the night she wrecked (and yet, wasn't on the passenger list), and Carver is thinking about writing to Adrian.

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