Outlander Book Club: Drums of Autumn Chapter 46 breakdown

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Foreshadowing in the Outlander chapter

As I mentioned in the intro, there isn’t any foreshadowing in this chapter. At least, I don’t see any.

This chapter is all about pushing the story forward. Without this, there would be no need for Jamie, Claire, and Young Ian to head back out to the tribe that they sold Roger to.

For poor Roger, it’s about to get worse before it gets better, although at this point on the first time reading, we did have to wonder if Jamie had killed Roger.

Adapting the Drums of Autumn chapter

While the chapter was used in the show, the dialogue wasn’t. Jamie made a surprise attack based on the information Lizzie had given him. He didn’t stop to find out who Roger was in the first place, so we didn’t see the miscommunication between the men.

I do have to wonder why this was. I think part of it was due to time. It was quicker to just do the beating and keep the dialogue to a minimum. It would also have us worried about Roger a little more. There also wasn’t the need for the dialogue since it wouldn’t have saved Roger from what Jamie was about to do anyway.

At the same time, I think it was to remind us of the type of man Jamie could be. He is more of a take action first type of guy, and in the 18th century, that is often necessary. It’s easy to forget this side of him, but he’s always said that he is a violent man.

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