William feels a sense of abandonment in Outlander Book 8, Chapter 56
As William realizes that Claire is still his stepmother, he feels abandoned in Outlander Book 8, Chapter 56. This is an important chapter for William’s character development.
A lot of people call William a brat. Yes, he was spoiled growing up, but he has turned out to be a respectable young man. As he’s found out that he isn’t the son of an earl but the son of a Jacobite prisoner, he’s naturally felt like his whole life has turned upside down.
And now we start to get into the reasons why. He feels abandoned. You see, Jamie knew all this time and didn’t say anything. As Mac, Jamie left and then never returned, and it’s no wonder that William feels like he has been abandoned his whole life.
This chapter certainly offers some foreshadowing for a certain captain, but it’s mostly focused on character development for William. I’ll get to that in the foreshadowing section.
While I want to see this chapter used in the TV series, I have a feeling that it’s going to happen in a slightly different way. I’ll get to my thoughts on that in the adaptation section of the post.
Let’s dive into Written in My Own Heart’s Blood Chapter 56.