Outlander Book Club: Book 2, Chapter 48 breakdown

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Just the Outlander chapter

We start with Claire and Roger heading to Gillian’s home. They hope to catch her there, but instead, they get her husband. And her husband is not willing to let them in or talk to them. Claire notes that she’s not surprised Gillian isn’t with him.

Instead, they head to the Institute for the Study of Highland Folklore and Antiquities. That’s where Gillian is taking a few courses, which makes sense. After all, she’s going to want to find out as much as possible about the standing stones.

After making sure Gillian is the woman Claire is after, they speak to the director of the course. Roger realizes how easy it is for Claire to lie, and he starts to wonder whether the tale she’s told him and Brianna is actually the truth. Was it all the fantastical creation of a woman who couldn’t admit to having an affair?

The conversation is enough for now, but Claire decides that she needs to get Gillian/Geillis’s notebook. They also need to talk to Gillian’s husband, Greg Edgars. Roger can take Brianna there with whisky in the hope of getting some information while Claire will break into the Institute for the notebook.

And so, we follow Roger and Brianna. He pretends to be Gillian’s cousin, which gets him through the door this time. Roger learns that Gillian and Greg met while at meetings with the Scottish Nationalist Party. That was all supposed to be a bit of fun, but Gillian got obsessed with it all. She joined the Society of the White Rose, where she’d have men over to discuss what could have happened if Bonnie Prince Charlie had won. They also speak in Gaelic.

Brianna realizes what Roger is up to and is understandably upset about it. She doesn’t want to believe Claire’s story, because she wants to believe that Frank is her father. There’s this feeling that people are trying to take Frank from her, and she’s not ready to let the truth in just yet.

It all helps to piece a few things together. Now it’s clear why Gillian was able to fit into the past well enough, at least knowing the language. but how did she know she could travel?

That’s for Claire to find out. She gets the notebook and takes it to a restaurant. Before she starts reading, she starts to think about time travel and when it’s possible. She guesses that since they’re so close to Beltane that Gillian will travel then. That’s when Claire traveled the first time. Yet, she traveled mid-April the second time.

On top of that, she wonders whether only certain people can time travel. We start to get some of the rules set out in the Outlander story, but it’s not until the next chapter that we learn more of Geillis’s theories.