Outlander Book Club: Drums of Autumn Chapter 41 breakdown

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Foreshadowing in the Outlander chapter

The biggest part of foreshadowing is in Brianna meeting Stephen Bonnet. We know that there’s more to come from this. There is no way Bonnet just happily gave her the ring he stole.

The downside to the book is that there’s never any hint that something happened. When Brianna felt Claire’s ring in her pocket after that meeting, she should have thought something about what happened, but she didn’t.

It’s only that we know who Bonnet is that we know something had to have happened. We find out about it later in Drums of Autumn.

Adapting the Drums of Autumn chapter

Elements of the chapter remained the same. We got Brianna meeting Jamie first outside the tavern. Claire later reunited with Brianna. However, some of the storylines and placements were changed.

We start with the storyline. Fergus wasn’t on trial for anything. Jamie didn’t need to prove the deeds that involved no tax due. Instead, Claire and Jamie were in Wilmington for the theater.

I didn’t mind the change. Sometimes, the drama feels like it’s added in for the sake of it, and that’s the case here. There were no knock-on effects to Fergus being accused of a serious crime. It was simply a connection back to Murchinson, who is trying to make life difficult for Jamie. It was also just a convenient way to have Jamie in the same area as Brianna.

We also didn’t need the Lizzie sick part. Again, it felt more like drama for the sake of it in the book, a way to stall Bree’s journey even more. There wasn’t the time or the need to add it into the show. Sometimes I do prefer show storylines to just flow from A to B so find the lack of time useful.

The show managed to combine a previous storyline with the current storyline. We also got to see more of Governor Tryon, using Tim Downie much more than the book storyline would have allowed. As a TV show, opting to use an actor already cast rather than casting a lot more characters makes sense financially.

Plus, we got the hernia operation. Instead of it being at dinner, we saw it take place at the theater. It was still partly used as a distraction, although Claire also knew it was a medical emergency. The distraction this time was for Jamie to save Murtagh.

And so, Bree, Jamie, and Claire were all together in Wilmington. The meeting with Jamie and the reunion with Claire was still everything I hoped it would be despite the changes.

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