Just the Outlander chapter
The chapter starts with Jamie and Bree getting back from the Hunters with their haul. Claire is aghast at hearing the story about Jamie and the bear, but she realizes that Jamie and Bree wouldn’t be as happy as they are if it was too serious.
Bree is then shocked to find out that Mandy and Jem have gone down to the creek to play. That is until she finds out that Fanny is watching them. This gives Bree a chance to learn more about who Fanny is and how she became part of the family. She also learns that William knows that Jamie is his father.
Claire uses this time to tell Jamie about Dr. McEwan. She also tells him about the blue light she saw Master Raymond use. Has she really never told him about this before? So much happens off page that we’re just meant to assume has been mentioned that I guess I thought this would be one of those things, but this moment tells us otherwise. I wish all important conversations either happened on the page or we were made clear in the story of who knows what and when.
Rachel and Young Ian arrive with baby Oggy. Rachel wanted to meet Mandy and Jem, and the family stays for dinner. Jenny isn’t coming. While there is a joke that Jenny is being neighborly, there’s also a comment that she’s looking for a decent night sleep since Oggy is full of colic. Poor boy.
The conversation over dinner is about baby names. There are some great suggestions, including some questionable Quaker ones. It’s clear that there’s no rush for a name, and the couple wants to settle on one they can both agree with.
The chapter ends with Jamie watching his family with hope. He thinks about William as he thinks about how William turned to him in a time of need. That was a bonding moment, and I think it foreshadows something.