Last Updated on May 5, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 510
Jack Buggit has a strange intuition about what people want to read in his newspaper. A lot of what is written discusses tragedy. Quoyle’s most recent story is about Harold Nightingale, an islander with bad luck.
Through the story about Nightingale, Quoyle lists the problems with trying to make a living off fishing in Newfoundland. He tells how Nightingale spent $423 on gas recently for his boat trip and $2,150 on licenses for the year. Another $4,670 went into boat repairs and $1,200 to fix his fishing nets. At the end of the day, Nightingale came back with nine fish, barely enough to feed his family for a week, let alone make a living off them. Then Nightingale decided to stop fishing for a living, so he went out to get his traps. On the way back, his boat caught on fire and was destroyed. After writing this piece, Quoyle feels depressed. Nightingale spent his life working hard on the sea and then ends his career sounding like “a stupid joke.”
When he and Nutbeem go and get something to eat, they talk about Jack Buggit and his strange intuition. Nutbeem has noticed how uncanny Buggit’s assignments are. For instance, Buggit has Quoyle covering car wrecks. Nutbeem writes about sexual assaults and tells Quoyle he was sexually assaulted when he was a boy. They think it is strange how Buggit seems to make them face their worst torments by writing about them. Quoyle points out that Buggit does it to himself, too. He is constantly going out on the water where he lost one son and almost lost his other son. Buggit has so much fear of the water that he will not allow his second son to fish, yet he makes himself face the water almost every day.
At dinner one night, Agnis admits she feels concerned about spending the winter in their house on the cove....
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