Just the Outlander chapter
The MacKenzies are talking about their trip to the past. As Roger sings “Scarborough Fair,” Bree thinks about everything that they’ve left behind. She also thinks about some of the things that could get them in trouble in the 18th century. What if Mandy starts singing “Twist & Shout” in church?
Oh, I would love to see it and I think it could happen. Mandy has shown herself to be a feisty personality. At the same time, she’s very aware of situations. I also think Jem is old enough to figure out what to and what not to say.
Roger doesn’t think “Scarborough Fair” will get them into a lot of trouble in this time. There’s nothing that would suggest the 20th century, so they’ll get away with it. It does make Bree think of the things that they’ve left behind. Was it fair to take the kids away from the 1980s? What will they miss out on? What will they remember that they shouldn’t? What won’t they remember that she hopes they do?
I can sense this regret. It’s not enough to take them back to the 20th century, but it’s natural. It’s a little like homesickness. And I guess, in a way, that’s what she is feeling. Bree is a woman who belongs in both time periods, very much like her mother. It’s natural to feel this pull.
This all leads to the MacKenzies describing their trip through the stones. They had to figure out the logistics first. Would it be safer to get a boat to America in 1739 or 1779? They decided 1739 was safer due to the political situation in 1779. So, they made their way through the stones at Okracoke in 1739 to 1779.
It was difficult to keep the family together. They were stuck in the stones for longer than normal, and it was Mandy who reminded them of an illustration in one of Jamie’s books that kept them all together.