The Luminaries: A Novel Themes & Motifs

Eleanor Catton
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Greed

Francis Carver and Lydia Greenway Wells steal the gold that Crosbie Wells has procured. They use his birth certificate to con Alastair Lauderback out of his ship, the Godspeed. They use people to get what they want. They are most interested in making money and do not care whom they hurt to get it.

Lydia makes money by roping innocent young women fresh off the boat to work for her as prostitutes. She uses these young women because of her need for money and power over others. Greed sends Lydia Wells rushing to Hokitika to claim her husband’s estate. Carver most likely found the gold after he killed Crosbie and he sent Lydia running to claim it. The two went through a lot to steal the gold and want it back.

The story is set in a gold rush in New Zealand. Gold causes envy...

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