Outlander Book Club: An Echo in the Bone Chapter 75 breakdown

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Claire, Jamie, and Ian are on their way to the funeral with everyone else. They’re going to Corrimony, where the chieftan tomb that Simon is going to be buried in is placed within some standing stones. Claire and Jamie worry about this, but Claire says that she doesn’t hear the buzzing.

I’m trying to remember at this point, though. Surely the stones wouldn’t be open in January. Okay, there may be a chance they’re close to some of the time periods, such as the start of February, but I wouldn’t have thought there would be buzzing with the way the books deal with time travel. If it was in the show, I could see this being more of a concern.

Back to the story. The mourners aren’t exactly emotional. It turns out that nobody really remembers Simon. Of course, Hugh wants something worthy of Simon’s accomplishments, but nobody really cares about the man. Even Simon’s wife barely remembers him since he’s been gone for so long.

Claire thinks about Uncle Lamb for a bit. This is linked to the clava cairn, which is the type of stone circle they are in. Uncle Lamb had some photos in one of these.

At the end of the chapter, Ian steps forward to give Simon Fraser a good send-off. He does it in the Mohawk way, and it’s unclear why he opts for this. Is he making it clear that he will be Mohawk wherever he goes? Is he just trying to bring out some emotion? Is this something Simon would have wanted? Is it just a way to see how people react so he knows what to potentially expect at Lallybroch?

It’s all hard to say, but there isn’t much of a commotion. Once Ian finishes the people in attendance sigh and leave. It’s so sad for Simon and makes me wonder why he didn’t end up buried in America where he would have been surrounded by those who served with him and loved him.