There’s a new daily lines release out. Outlander Book 9 will include a talk of virtues and names. Here’s a look at what to expect.
Diana Gabaldon has released another daily lines snippet for Outlander Book 9. There’s a talk of virtues in this short tease of things to come, but a talk of things that have happened to Jamie may explain one of the chapter titles.
Recently, Gabaldon shared the titles for more chapters, with one of those being “I Have Returned.” It immediately got people talking, worried that Claire and Jamie would be separated again. Many have theorized that Claire is the one going someone and returning because she’s the only person who has sections written in first person (if that was the case then the title would hint that Claire is the one gone, but we’ll see there).
It looks like it could be Jamie based on the “Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone” snippet. Told from Claire’s point of view, we start with how Jamie has returned from a Quaker woman’s house. Apparently, his back gives away and he’s unable to travel for some time. That would certainly suggest why he would be gone and need to return—and I’m sure there will be some fears about the length of time he’s away at first.
That’s not the main focus of the daily lines, though. We get a discussion of virtues, as it turns out the daughters of the woman Jamie is staying with are named for three virtues. It’s something Jamie has never come across today but does start a discussion of what their names would be if they were virtues.
At one point, the discussion turns to Jamie’s name, with Roger pointing out that Jamie is named after three kings already. Sure enough, James, Malcolm, and Alexander are all names of Scottish kings in history, with the middle name one of the easiest to forget because it’s one from earlier in Scotland’s history.
If you could name the characters after virtues, what would they be? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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