Outlander Book Club: An Echo in the Bone Chapter 88 breakdown

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Foreshadowing in the Outlander chapter

There are two elements of foreshadowing in this chapter. The first is in John’s admiration for Claire. He gains a new respect for her, and I think that this all leads to his decision to marry her to protect her. If it was anyone else, he wouldn’t had gone it, and I think it’s more than just Jamie that makes him want to save Claire. He loves her in his own way, especially after she’s seemed to do the impossible for Henry.

Then there’s the ending. William realizes that he will be on the opposite side of the war of Dottie if she marries Denny. He is already on the opposite side of war to his father, but he just doesn’t know it yet. It’s all about to come out.

Then there is a bit of plot development. I don’t think we need to explain who the old man that Rollo doesn’t like was. It definitely wasn’t the cat Rollo was growling at.

Adapting An Echo in the Bone chapter

I expect to see at least the first part of this chapter used in the TV series. I fully expect to see the surgeries. We need to see Claire at work, and we need to see how Denny and John both look up to her. They follow her instructions and they learn from her. It’s not often we see that, but it’s hard not to be amazed by Claire’s surgical abilities.

Will the latter part of the chapter be used? This part I’m not too sure about. There probably isn’t enough time to delve into Denny and Dottie’s relationship. We could have a moment with Arch Bug showing up and Rollo’s hackles going up, but that wouldn’t need the entire conversation about Dottie wanting to marry Denny being included. Dottie’s storyline doesn’t play the biggest part in the overall story, so it may be skipped over.

We haven’t gotten to know John’s family. In the main books, they’re just thrown in and it is a little jarring at first. We have to read the Lord John Grey books to really know who they are. This is a problem, and it could be a reason for the writers to skip over Dottie and only include the most important parts in the TV series due to time constraints. There isn’t the time to fully flesh all the new characters out.

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