Outlander Book Club: Written in My Own Heart’s Blood Chapter 2 breakdown

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Written in My Own Heart’s Blood picks up with an angry William. For those who didn’t remember, he had left Claire after punching a wall. Well, he probably has a broken hand from that happening. He’s also hurt his foot, and he’s in the worst mood ever.

Look, he has just found out that he isn’t the son of an earl after all. And I don’t really think it’s that part he’s so bothered about. It’s the fact that he’s illegitimate. He gets called a b*****d while out, and that kicks him off even more. That term was an awful one back then. It’s still awful now, but it doesn’t carry the same weight as it once did.

William is lured in by a lady of the night, though. He is willing to do anything to make himself feel a little better at this point.

Honestly, I just get it. William is angry and he has a right to be. The title he had was important to him, especially for the time period. His stepfather lied to him, and being lied to hurts. When it’s by someone we’ve trusted, that hurt cuts deep. Of course he was going to lash out.

Plus, we do see some of Jamie’s personality come through William. We know Jamie has struggled to rein in his anger, especially when he was younger. Wouldn’t William struggle with it, too? Do we just conveniently forget some of Jamie’s flaws?