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: 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?
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
...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)
Part 2, Chapter 3
Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 6
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)
Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 8
...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)
Part 3, Chapter 4
Part 4, Chapter 1