The Lieutenant

by

Kate Grenville

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Lieutenant Gardiner Character Analysis

Lieutenant Gardiner is Captain Barton's right hand man on board Sirius. Like Barton, Gardiner is exceptionally warm and kind. He's also not competitive about his sextant readings, and he and Rooke form a close friendship during the journey to New South Wales. Once there, Governor Gilbert sends Gardiner to capture two native men. Though Gardiner agrees and follows through, he later confides to Rooke that he regrets following the order. Not long after, the governor sends Gardiner to begin a new colony on a nearby island where the ground is more fertile. Rooke believes this order is truly an order of exile, and that Gardiner is being punished for his thoughts about capturing the natives.

Lieutenant Gardiner Quotes in The Lieutenant

The The Lieutenant quotes below are all either spoken by Lieutenant Gardiner or refer to Lieutenant Gardiner. 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Grove edition of The Lieutenant published in 2008.
Part 2, Chapter 6 Quotes

Rooke said nothing more. There was a question forming in the back of his mind, which he did not want to hear. It was: What would I have done in the same place?

Page Number: 113
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Lieutenant Gardiner Character Timeline in The Lieutenant

The timeline below shows where the character Lieutenant Gardiner appears in The Lieutenant. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2, Chapter 1
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...Rooke truly can navigate, turns out to be kind. The Captain’s right hand man, Lieutenant Gardiner, is also very kind to Rooke. The three spend their days squinting into their sextants... (full context)
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...Botany Bay is an unsuitable place to settle. He directs the fleet north. Rooke and Gardiner stand at the rail and watch quiet bays go past, and see black men running... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 3
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...their attention. He watches them spear fish in the pool and thinks that Silk or Gardiner wouldn't allow the native men to ignore them. Rooke continues to rehearse what he'll say... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 5
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...and the party spots a group of natives sitting around a fire. The governor commands Gardiner, who's steering, to turn in so they can speak to the natives, but the natives... (full context)
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Willstead offers to run after the natives, but Gilbert ignores him and commands Gardiner to continue onward. Finally, Gardiner steers the boat to shore in a river, and everyone... (full context)
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...proves to be uneventful, and in the morning the party makes its way back to Gardiner and the boat. Gilbert praises Rooke as a "first-rate navigator." Gilbert tells Silk that the... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 6
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One day, as Rooke records his readings in his ledger, he looks up to see Gardiner coming up the path. Gardiner seems preoccupied, but finally starts talking uneasily about something that... (full context)
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Gardiner shakily stands, and then comes back to the table to pour himself another drink. He... (full context)
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...has ever received an order that would shame him, but he can't think of any. Gardiner shouts that he wishes he hadn't obeyed, and Rooke realizes the danger of those words... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 7
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...says he needs to know the story of how they were captured. He says that Gardiner wouldn't share, and asks Rooke if Gardiner told him the story. Rooke jumps back and... (full context)
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...to add to his book. Rooke knows that if Silk were to find out how Gardiner truly felt about capturing the native men, it would bring on catastrophe: Governor Gilbert would... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 8
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...that he knows how intent Silk is on writing a compelling narrative. Instead, Rook asks Gardiner for help. Gardiner and Rooke recalculate the track that Dr. Vickery predicted for the comet.... (full context)
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...on the boat, Rooke thinks that he's been looking through his telescope for too long. Gardiner catches a fish and suggests that Rooke write to Dr. Vickery about the comet. When... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 4
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Silk asks Rooke if he has heard that Lieutenant Gardiner is being sent to Norfolk Island with some prisoners to farm, as the soil there... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 1
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As Rooke reads that evening, he wishes Gardiner were there to give him advice. Rooke remembers their last conversation about capturing the natives,... (full context)