Foreshadowing in the Outlander chapter
The chapter certainly foreshadows some things for Jane and William. It’s clear that he has growing feelings for her, and not just of the sexual kind. He likes her as a person, even though she’s just insulted him. He doesn’t just want to take her in his tent the night before the battle, and he certainly could have.
There is much more of Jamie in him in this moment. We’ve seen Jamie not allow a woman to come onto him like this in the past, albeit because he was married to Claire. However, he must have had some offers when he was a young man in France and he didn’t. As we see more and more of Jamie, I think there is some foreshadowing that their relationship is going to strengthen with time.
I also think there’s some foreshadowing of William’s feeling of needing to protect Fanny. He has a sort of brotherly duty to her, and he turns to the one person he knows who he can trust despite everything that’s happened: Jamie.
Adapting the Written in My Own Heart’s Blood chapter
I don’t expect this chapter to be used in the TV series. Not only will there not be enough time, I just don’t think we’ll get the full character development for William that we deserve. We just have to look at other characters on the series. It’s taken a long time to get something for Ian, let alone a newish character.
We’ve known John much longer, and we still don’t have all that much about his history or his current life. What we know mostly comes from his novellas, and the series hasn’t adapted them. So, I just don’t see the full story for William playing out.
What did you spot while reading Written in My Own Heart’s Blood Chapter 67? Let us know in the comments below.
Like Claire and Jamie on Facebook for the latest from the Outlander Book Club and much more.