Outlander Book Club: Book 2, Chapter 42 breakdown

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Outlander Book 2, Chapter 42 tells us why the Lallybroch men didn’t get home

There was a lot happening in Outlander Book 2, Chapter 42. While important to Dragonfly in Amber, it wasn’t as important when it came to the TV series.

The chapter picked up off the back of the previous chapter, jumping to Jamie and Claire back in Edinburgh to learn what happened to the Lallybroch men. They’d been captured as deserters, which meant a prison sentence and death.

While Jamie attempted to appeal to Bonnie Prince Charlie, Claire remained in Edinburgh to look after the men. We get a sense of her attachment to these men, men who Jamie had just tried to get home away from the big failure to come. She doesn’t want anything to happen to them.

At the same time, we catch up a little on Alex Randall. He has a visitor, and one Claire likes.

This isn’t a chapter used much in the TV series. What was used was transformed to suit the way the series played out the Alex Randall storyline. After all, the storyline wasn’t overly important for the main focus of this part of the story; of the attempt to win at Culloden.

It’s not an overly long chapter, either. It comes in at a little more than 30 minutes, setting us up for some bigger storylines to come.

This is our chance to breakdown Dragonfly in Amber Chapter 42.