Study Guide

The Luminaries Part 6, Chapter 7

By Eleanor Catton

Part 6, Chapter 7

Scorpio, Ruled By Mars (18 June 1865)

  • Carver was lamenting that the notice he placed in the West Coast Times that morning would probably come to nothing. He was afraid the shipment was lost forever, so he was drinking away his cares at the Imperial Hotel.
  • When he banged down his glass in frustration, another man struck up a conversation. Turns out it was Pritchard.
  • Pritchard mentioned that he was a chemist, and then Carver got curious about his opium supplies. Pritchard apologetically said he didn't have any, and Carver clarified that he wasn't looking to buy…

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