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Shipping news chapters 29-39 abstract notes. Chapter 29. Billy asks Quoyle if he has yet seen Alvin Yark about building a replacement boat. Alvin Yark , it turns out, is Wavey’s Uncle Quoyle makes a fruitless dash to the harbour to see a burnt ship towed in

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chapter 29
Chapter 29
  • Billy asks Quoyle if he has yet seen Alvin Yark about building a replacement boat.
  • Alvin Yark, it turns out, is Wavey’s Uncle
  • Quoyle makes a fruitless dash to the harbour to see a burnt ship towed in
  • Wavey agrees to organize a meeting with her uncle.
  • Wavey, Quoyle and their children visit Mr. and Mrs. Yark for dinner
  • Mr. Yark discusses his technique for boat building.
chapter 30
Chapter 30
  • Agnis announces that she has been hired to do the upholstery work on a burnt-out ship called the Rome and will need to live in St. John’s.
  • She questions Quoyle about his intentions: Does he plan on moving back to NY?
  • Quoyle tells his aunt he could never go back to the U.S.
  • *241 Bunny makes a cat’s cradle with the knotted string she found in the car.
chapter 31
Chapter 31
  • Quoyle and his reporter colleagues banter about stories they are writing.
  • Nutbeem is shortly to leave for the Caribbean aboard his sailboat.
  • Winter is coming.
  • *248 Quoyle determined to stay.
chapter 32
Chapter 32
  • Quoyle leaves the girls with Beety and goes to Nutbeem’s going away party
  • Quoyle inspects Nutbeem’s trailer, and considers renting it for the winter.
  • Guests arrive, there is quite a bit of drinking. Quoyle has fun.
  • *255 The guests get even drunker and proceed to trash Nutbeem’s boat.
  • Quoyle passes out at the inn.
chapter 33
Chapter 33
  • Next morning, an extremely hungoverQuoyle calls on Beety. The children have colds and will ride it out at the Buggits.
  • Dennis goes to help Nutbeem with his boat.
  • *263 Quoyle goes to the green house where sections of knotted rope have been laid outside the door of each room.
  • Quoyle visits the cousin, who lives in a squalid hut.
  • He returns the knotted rope and tells the cousin not to do this again.
  • Quoyle visits Alvin Yark to check on the progress of his boat.
  • He later visits Nutbeem and finds that the boat has broken and drifted out to sea.
  • Nutbeem figures he’ll now take a flight to Brazil.
chapter 34
Chapter 34
  • Tert card announces he is leaving the Gammy Bird and that Billy will be in charge
  • Quoyle attends the Christmas pageant at the school.
  • Quoyle and Wavey exchange xmas presents. She has knitted a pullover for him
  • Quoyle contrasts this with previous Christmases with Petal
  • Dennis suggests they check Quoyle’s distant cousin Nolan.
  • Nolan is hungry and cold and Dennis suggests the old man would be better in a retirement home.
chapter 35
Chapter 35
  • Jack Buggit appoints Quoyle as managing editor of the Gammy Bird, replacing Tert Card
  • Quoyle will be continuing his Shipping News
chapter 36
Chapter 36
  • Partridge phones to tell Quoyle of violence and mayhem in the U.S.
  • *Buggit conducts an editorial meeting with Quoyle – on Jack’s boat while he fishes and Quoyle cleans the catch.
  • Quoyle must travel to St. John’s to sign commital papers for the cousin, diagnosed with a serious mental illness.
  • Quoyle takes Wavey with him to St. John’s.
  • *Agnis, we learn, had been raped by her own brother (Quoyle’s father) and had undergone an abortion.
chapter 37
Chapter 37
  • *Quoyle is called to Bunny’s school because Bunny has attacked a teacher.
  • Beety is able to coax Bunny to tell her that she had attacked the teacher for harassing and humiliating Herry.
  • Quoyle and the aunt visit the principal to sort things out.
  • We learn that Wavey and Quoyle both had abusive partners in their past.
chapter 38
Chapter 38
  • At the Burke house, which he is renting, Quoyle gives a party to celebrate his aunt’s return to town.
  • Wavey buys a husky puppy for Bunny and Sunshine. They call it Warren.
  • Wavey and Quoyle kiss in front of everyone!
  • A terrible storm rages, blowing away the green house.
  • The Aunt shows her toughness and says she’ll buy another house with the insurance money.
  • Quoyle considers, again, buying the Burke house
chapter 39
Chapter 39
  • Quoyle’s boat is finished. He feels pretty good.
  • Dennis calls Quoyle up to tell him that Jack is missing!
  • Jack is found. Drowned.
  • Quoyle assures the Gammy employees that their jobs are safe.
  • They plan to do a special edition for Jack.
  • Wavey thinks it would be a good idea to take Bunny to the wake to learn of death.
  • The wake…*
  • Quoyle and Wavey commit to each other.