Outlander Book Club: The Fiery Cross Chapter 7 breakdown

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We start with Claire still offering medical help. Mr. Goodwin had paid in coin, which Claire was appreciative of. Now it’s time to get the focus back on other people who need her help.

One of those is Archie Hayes, who mentions that some of the slaves have said Claire can raise the dead. It turns out that a slave had an epileptic fit and made a recovery just as Claire put her hand on his chest. It doesn’t matter what actually happened, people believe she raised him from the dead.

Archie doesn’t quite need that, but he would like help to remove some metal. It turns out that it’s shrapnel that entered his chest and has slowly worked its way around his back. Archie had some of it removed but not all of it.

As Claire removes it easily, she finds out that Murchison who shot Archie while at Culloden. Archie wants to know whether the fire at the garrison was real, and Claire confirms it, grateful that Brianna is no longer there because she knows what really happened.

Claire is shocked that Archie has had the fragments for so long. She’s also shocked that a man would shoot an 11-year-old boy at close range. In fact, as Jamie shows up, Archie shares that it was Jamie who saved his life. Jamie doesn’t remember this, but Jamie had hit Murchison over the head and carried Archie to safety.Jamie confirms that both Murchison brothers are dead, but he doesn’t remember much of Culloden. What he does remember, he wishes he didn’t.

In the end, Archie finally gives Jamie the letter that he’s had this whole time. This is the reason Archie has been looking for Jamie. It’s a letter from Tryon for Jamie to form a militia against the Regulators. The Battle of Alamance will eventually happen.