Outlander Book Club: Drums of Autumn Chapter 71 breakdown

Outlander Season 4 -- Courtesy of Aimee Spinks/STARZ
Outlander Season 4 -- Courtesy of Aimee Spinks/STARZ /
1 of 3
Outlander Season 5 — Courtesy of STARZ /

We come to the end of Outlander Book 4, getting us ready for The Fiery Cross

Can you believe we’re already at the end of Outlander Book 4. Sometimes, it feels like we only just started the book recently.

This chapter is all about wrapping up the final bits of threads from Drums of Autumn. Most of the focus is getting us ready for The Fiery Cross. It ends with the hint of what’s to come at the very start of the novel.

Yes, it all leads to Brianna and Roger deciding that it’s time to tie the knot. However, before that, there’s one little storyline to wrap up. Roger found out how Jamie’s gravestone ended up by Black Jack Randall’s in Scotland. Roger has memorized a letter, and now he needs to share that with Jamie Fraser.

Like so many of the other chapters recently, this one wasn’t used in the series. The show jumped straight to Roger and Brianna’s wedding. I have thought about why the part with the letter was skipped over, and I’ll get to that in the adaptation section.

I do think this chapter sets up a lot for the future books. It sets up everything that’s still to come for Lallybroch in the future. It’s a traditional last chapter of a book that still has more in the series.

Let’s dive into Drums of Autumn Chapter 71.