Just the Outlander chapter
The chapter starts with Roger waking up. Bree is awake, and she notes that “yesterday” was April 18. It’s the anniversary of the ride of Paul Revere. However, it’s not the anniversary for them. It’s the date the ride actually happened.
This is a huge moment in the Revolutionary War. Brianna says the poem that she grew up learning about the ride. Roger just listens, although he has some thoughts about some of the wording in the poem. The poem was written after the fact when a lot of the people around at the time had died. However, everyone is currently alive in the time period they’re in.
Bree doesn’t tell the whole poem. She stops toward the end, telling Roger that he knows the rest. He realizes that he would love to be in Boston right now. It is the historian in him. He would love to see this part of history at work, and that’s not surprising. Sure, he’s found his place in the past, but that doesn’t stop him being a lover of historical facts and events.
The moment is cut off at the end. As dawn approaches, Bree and Roger are sent for. Lizzie is having her baby, and the two need to be there. Well, Bree needs to be there for Lizzie. Roger will need to be there for the Beardsley twins.
Lizzie has already had her baby by the time Bree and Claire are there. It turns out that it was a very easy delivery, with Lizzie not even realizing she was in labor for the most part. She did get the boys to head out for Claire, though.
The baby is a boy. The twins get to meet their son. And everyone just seems to agree that this is the son of all three people, even if it was just created by two people. It’s not like anyone really knows whether Kezzie or Josiah is the father.
The Beardsley twins head out to see Mr. Wemyss. However, Lizzie makes one thing clear. If he won’t come to her house with the twins to see the baby, then he’s not going to see his grandchild. Sure, the man is ashamed of his daughter, but it’s time for him to put his shame to one side and be there for his daughter and grandson.
I do love that we get to see this side of Lizzie. She’s not completely asking him to accept the full situation, and there’s no mention that he needs to see the twins. She’s just making it clear that he needs to accept Lizzie’s choices and allow her to be happy if he wants any part of their lives. She has a strong boundary set, showing her the type of woman she is growing into being. I do think being around Bree would have helped her form this personality.