Claire worries about Roger’s mental recovery in Outlander Book 5, Chapter 74
We get a short chapter that focuses on the recovery of two of Claire’s patients in Outlander Book 5. It’s all about Isaiah Morton and Roger MacKenzie.
Isaiah has recovered. He’s ready to head home, and Jamie has arranged for Isaiah and Alicia Brown to remain in Hillsborough away from the Browns. The aim is to keep him away from the men in that family.
Roger is the concern. Claire notes that he has healed physically for the most part, but she is concerned about his mental recovery. It all comes to the fact that he may never talk again. Remember all that foreshadowing up to this point? Roger regularly used his voice, and now he might not even be able to talk, let alone sing!
The chapter ends with an entry in Brianna’s dream journal. I think this is where the foreshadowing is in the chapter, and I’ll get to that in the adaptation section.
This chapter was partly used for the series. We didn’t get the dream journal, although we did get moments here and there where those from the future would share things they missed. The focus in the series was on Roger’s healing process and his mental recovery. As you know, I adored the way the show developed Roger’s storyline after the hanging, and I’ll go into that in more detail again in the adaptation section.
Let’s dive into The Fiery Cross Chapter 74.