Outlander Book Club: A Breath of Snow and Ashes Chapter 73 breakdown

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Foreshadowing in the Outlander chapter

There is some foreshadowing in the bit that involves the talk of the muskets. The war is coming. It won’t be long until Jamie has to officially switch sides. We keep getting this notion dropped to us throughout the book.

The very end brings us the major foreshadowing. Josiah walks away without much of an argument. It’s too easy. Jo and Kezzie couldn’t decide who would marry her, and Lizzie didn’t want to choose. Why would Jo just walk away like that? There is far more to come with this storyline. You kind of have to feel sorry for Lizzie’s dad.

Adapting A Breath of Snow and Ashes chapter

The chapter was used in the TV series but with some changes. The major change was the lack of Mr. Wemyss. The series never brought Lizzie’s dad from Scotland. This makes sense considering just how little time there would be to include it in. The viewers would need it explaining why and how Lizzie’s dad made it to North Carolina. That takes time in the book, and would take too much time for the show.

It would also mean another actor to fit into the story. Everything can be handled without him, especially since we didn’t get the Manfred storyline at all.

Jamie drew straws and sent Josiah away. That was the important part of the story. Well, that and Lizzie explaining to Claire how everything happened. I still love that scene, especially with all the facial expressions from Caitriona Balfe.

I did appreciate the way this chapter was changed. Josiah put up a bit of an argument before leaving, which did feel a little more realistic considering the circumstances. However, even in the book, it’s clear that there’s more to come.

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