Just the Outlander chapter
The chapter starts with William reaching out for his rosary, realizing that it’s no longer there. He threw it at Jamie. That’s okay; he realizes that if he had the rosary now, he would have thrown it into the fire. He thinks that’s exactly what Jamie has done with it. Of course, we know Jamie better.
I do love seeing these thoughts. We all have our opinions of people. William is understandably an angry young man. He’s learned a lot of family secrets in a short amount of time, and he’s struggling to deal with that. The term “b*****d” meant something very different to the way we use it today. We’ve seen Jamie struggle with the thought of his father being one, so of course William is going to struggle.
A woman coming into his tent distracts him. We never actually have him confirm for us that it is Jane, but it certainly seems so with the way she acts and some of the conversations that happen. She wants to give William the one thing that all soldiers want before battle, and that’s when William makes it clear that he isn’t going into battle. He doesn’t want to sleep with her.
The woman insults William as a coward, and that angers him more. Being called a coward in the British Army is still a major insult, and it was definitely one back then. People were looked down on considerably for not fighting if they were able to. Even if they weren’t able to, they would be looked down on. However, this isn’t William’s choice. He has orders to follow.
At the end, William makes it clear that he will think about it once they get to New York and she is safe. This is what sells it to me that it is Jane in his tent.