Just the Outlander chapter
The chapter starts with just John and Hal. They are preparing for John to travel across enemy lines to find anything out about Ben. He is disappointed that he won’t have is trusty travel companion, but he has a letter from Benedict Arnold to allow him through and he will have a letter from Hal to share who he is.
This should help prevent him from being arrested as a spy. Again. This makes John think of Watson Smith, the turncoat who interrogated him the last time. He would like to see that man again.
The next morning, Dottie wakes John up. She will be his traveling companion so she can tell Ben’s widow about his death. That’s when John and Hal tell her the truth. Dottie isn’t completely bought by the story that Richardson has already proven to be untrustworthy, but Hal makes it clear that he needs to believe his son is still alive. It’s all any parent wants to believe.
Something that is surprising is that John and Hal don’t argue with Dottie about going with John for too long. They were both so worried about John up to this point. Why wouldn’t they be worried about Dottie’s safety? Is it that they know she’s stubborn, or the fact that she is going into friendly territory for her?