His Dark Materials
His Dark Materials

"I see the Master as a man having terrible choices to make; whatever he chooses will do harm, but maybe if he does the right thing, a little less harm will come about than if he chooses wrong."
John Faa[src]

Dr Francis Carne[3] was the Master of Jordan College. His dæmon had the form of a raven, and he had a manservant named Cousins. He was a bachelor.[4]


"The powers of this world are very strong. Men and women are moved by tides much fiercer than you can imagine, and they sweep us all up into the current. Go well, Lyra; bless you, child; bless you. Keep your own counsel."
—Dr Carne's last words to Lyra Silvertongue at Jordan[src]

Dr Carne attempted to dispose of Lord Asriel by poisoning a decanter of Tokay which Asriel was to drink.[1] He sat next to Charles, the librarian, when Asriel made his presentation and unsuccessfully attempted to argue against funding the Lord's next expedition.[5]

He later gave the alethiometer to Lyra Silvertongue, warning her to keep it a secret from Marisa Coulter.[6] When Lyra came back, Carne discuessed her future with her and handed her into the care of Hannah Relf.[7]

During his older age, he got easily confused. Carne ended up putting a sum of money aside and was persuaded to put it into a fund that later crashed (as it was badly managed or even deliberately ruined). The solicitor at the college fought hard with Carne to stop him making this mistake, however Carne went ahead with it; the solicitor did not have power of attorney soon enough to stop him.[3] The Master later died when Lyra was around nineteen having been greatly esteemed and loved. He was succeeded by Werner Hammond.[4]

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Charles, the Librarian at Jordan College was an old friend. The Master confided in him about his plan to murder Lord Asriel.[5]


Dr Carne's dæmon took the form of an old female raven, who often settled on his shoulder.

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Jordan College
Locations ChapelCommon RoomHallJordan catacombsJordan LibraryJordan OratoryMaster's LodgingRetiring RoomSheldon BuildingYaxley QuadrangleLodge TowerPalmer's TowerScholars' GardenLibrary GardenLecture Theatre
Staff Bernie JohansenBillDr CarneCharlesFather HeystMr CawsonMrs LonsdaleP. TrelawneyParslow familyRoger ParslowSub-RectorShuterWerner HammondWrenRaymond StringerJanetSolicitorDomestic BursarCousinsMr Wood
Occupations ButlerMaster of Jordan CollegeSteward