Outlander Book Club: Written in My Own Heart’s Blood Chapter 50 breakdown

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Just the Outlander chapter

The chapter starts with us catching up on where William is. Because he can speak German, he’s found himself as the aide-de-camp to Clinton. That’s not really something William likes, but he can’t fight right now. He spends a lot of time thinking about Arabella-Jane and keeps and eye out for Captain Harkness.

While on the baggage train, he comes across a Loyalist merchant family, the Endicotts. They have a problem with a cartwheel, and they’re worried that Washington’s troops will catch up to them. William finds a wainwright to help them, and while doing so, he runs into Ban Tarleton and asks about Harkness as well as the wainwright.

William eventually ends up back on his own. He’s annoyed that he has a lack of weapons and can’t fight, and it leads to him questioning the chances of him marrying anyone. That’s when Denys Randall (he’s dropped the Isaacs after his stepfather’s death) returns.

The last William saw Denys was in Quebec, where Denys abandoned him. William holds a grudge about that. However, it turns out that Denys knows a lot about William and what’s going on. Should William return to England, he could always end up sitting in the House of Lords thanks to his title.

He then goes on to mention a recent meeting with Captain Richardson and talks about how Hal is in New York with his regiment and that Lord John Grey has been recalled to duty. It’s clear that William has completely ignored his family while he deals with everything that’s been going on, but William doesn’t say anything to Denys.

In the end, Denys admits that while William has no reason to trust him, William shouldn’t trust Richardson and should avoid the man.