Outlander Book Club: The Fiery Cross Chapter 16 breakdown

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It’s Roger and Brianna’s wedding night in Outlander Book 5, Chapter 16

Roger and Brianna spend some time alone together in Outlander Book 5, Chapter 16. We start with Roger’s POV and then switch to Brianna’s partway through.

This is an important chapter for Brianna. Up to this point, we haven’t got to know her thoughts and feelings on intimacy all that much. Other characters have mentioned how they would feel or how they assume she’s feeling, but we’ve not heard it all from her mind.

Even in this chapter, we don’t get a lot of it. We get just a brief glimpse into what she’s thinking and feeling. It is a shame, because there’s so much to explore in Brianna’s mind at this point.

The show didn’t delve too much into how Brianna reacted to intimacy after everything with Bonnet. In fact, the only part of this chapter that was included was Roger singing. In both the show and book, there is a lot of focus on Roger making a name for himself as a singer in the past, which foreshadows so much to come later in this book.

I’ll get to my thoughts about those points in the adaptation and foreshadowing sections of the post. I’m a little torn on a few things when it comes to the adaptation here.

Let’s dive into The Fiery Cross Chapter 16.