A balloonist from Texas whom John Faa hires in Trollesund. He's a lean and scrappy man with a similarly scrappy hare dæmon. He has, in the past, sold his ballooning services and fought in several battles alongside Iorek. A loyal friend, Lee Scoresby helps Lyra and Iorek get Iorek's armor back, and then guards the armor while Iorek fetches seal blubber. Despite enjoying his job, Lee Scoresby wants to know exactly what he's getting into, especially when he learns that the gyptians and the witches are going to ask him to land on Svalbard, a dangerous proposition. In a conversation with Serafina Pekkala, Lee Scoresby says that for him, his involvement is all about the money and not at all about his emotional investment in what's going on. Ballooning isn't something he loves to do for the sake of it—it's a way to make money and to eventually fund his farm in Texas. He wants to make sure that he has a choice in the matter of his participation, as he sees destiny as something unethical that deprives him of choice. He's extremely kind to Lyra and humors her questions about the balloon and Iorek as best he can.
Lee Scoresby Quotes in The Golden Compass
The The Golden Compass quotes below are all either spoken by Lee Scoresby or refer to Lee Scoresby. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of The Golden Compass published in 1995.).
Lee Scoresby Character Timeline in The Golden Compass
The timeline below shows where the character Lee Scoresby appears in The Golden Compass. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...when she couldn't interpret the chameleon, and says that this is the same thing. Lee Scoresby vouches for Iorek and finally, John Faa agrees. Lyra climbs onto Iorek's back and they... (full context)
...Makarios and the ghostly dæmons. One child points back toward Bolvanger and Lyra sees Lee Scoresby's balloon, which he's inflating using the gas from the zeppelin. The children begin to shiver,... (full context)
...talk about choice. She says that witches live hundreds of years and own nothing, while Scoresby needs money to care for his balloon. She says that witches don't consider money when... (full context)
...to do with Iorek's argument with the king of the bears, which also involves Lyra. Scoresby suggests that this is unethical as well as unlikely: Lyra seems freer than anyone. Serafina... (full context)
...particles are linked. Cold, Lyra covers herself in furs and falls asleep again. Serafina wakes Scoresby a while later. Something is wrong; the balloon swings wildly. Roger and Lyra wake up... (full context)
...do things that would be illegal elsewhere. Lyra consults the alethiometer and discovers that Lee Scoresby is airborne somewhere far away. She ascertains that Mrs. Coulter is on her way to... (full context)