Diana Gabaldon shares lines from Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone, the novel she is currently working on. This weekend’s looked at dogs and heaven.
Do dogs go to heaven? Should you pray for their souls? That’s something Claire wonders and asks Roger about in the daily lines from Diana Gabaldon. The daily lines are snippets from the Outlander novel she is currently working on, “Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone.”
If you’re not caught up with the novels and don’t want spoilers, you’ll want to turn back right away. There are spoilers all the way up to “Written In My Own Heart’s Blood.”
Many fans going into Outlander Season 4 will know at least a little about Rollo. In the series, he is going to be played by two pups of the same breed that played the dire wolves in Game of Thrones. There have been a few snippets of the pups (now grown dogs) playing on set, but very little about the character of Rollo has been given away.
Those who have read all the books up to “Written In My Own Heart’s Blood” will know that Rollo gets to live a happy life with Young Ian. This is a pup devoted to his master and Claire certainly warms up to him, despite not really liking dogs and suffering a bad encounter with wolves in the first novel.
However, Rollo won’t be in “Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone.” The dog died in his sleep in Book 8, which makes the daily lines for Book 9 all that more tearful. The snippet involves Claire and Roger at first (and then Jamie), as Claire ponders whether to pray for Rollo’s soul. Do dogs go to heaven?
Well, Roger and Jamie are certain Rollo is off to heaven; no prayers necessary. He was a loyal four-legged friend to Young Ian and devoted to the family.
It’s a beautiful moment that you need to read for yourself, especially if you loved Rollo just as much as Young Ian.
Do you devour Gabaldon’s daily lines? Are you excited about “Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone?” What do you think about Rollo? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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