The Luminaries: A Novel Quotes

Eleanor Catton
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One needn’t be private about another fellow’s wrong! One needn’t feel ashamed of another fellow’s –deeds, you know!
-- Thomas Balfour (Mercury in Sagittarius paragraph 14)

Importance: Balfour wants to know what kind of man that Walter Moody is to see if he can trust him. The men in the Crown need someone who is not personally involved in the happenings to listen to their story and tell them what he thinks. By offering the story of his father's misdeeds, he shows that he is willing to trust these men and they should trust him.

Oh, Lydia Wells is a canny soul! She keeps her eyes on the pennies and her fingers on the pounds. She wouldn’t sign her name except for profit.
-- Dick Mannering (Moon in Taurus, Waxing paragraph 7)

Importance: This quote shows Lydia Wells' true character. She acts like she is sweet and nice, but she will not do anything that does not benefit her. Mannering sees her as money...

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