Breaking down Outlander Book 1, Chapter 20
In terms of chapters, we’re coming up to the halfway mark in the first Outlander book. It’s no wonder that this was about the point the show opted for a midseason break.
Outlander Book 1, Chapter 20 sees Claire left to her own devices. It’s a huge turning point in terms of trust, but also finally gives Claire a chance to escape. She has an opportunity to get back to Craigh na Dun, and, of course, she can’t pass that up.
There’s a glimmer of hope that she’s going to get to the rocks and return to Frank. Even though it would mean leaving Jamie behind, we sense the excitement that she feels. But it all goes terribly wrong. It just seems like fate wants to keep her in the past and with Jamie.
This is a relatively longer chapter, especially compared to some of the more recent chapters in the book. It’s also one of the most important chapters of the book. It’s going to take us some time to break this down.
While it was used for the show, the events were changed slightly. There were a few reasons for that, and I’ll get into my suspicions about it in the TV show section breakdown.
Let’s take a deeper look at Outlander Book 1, Chapter 20.