Just the Outlander chapter
The chapter starts with the house getting a roof and a hearth. Claire loves the roof, even if it is just a white canopy. The big focus is on Jamie and Bree laying the iron in the hearth before Roger and Young Ian help Jamie cover it. There are times that superstitions are looked down on, but those that don’t really hurt anyone are respected. Who cares if it doesn’t actually do anything?
After that, it’s time for some cookies to be baked. While that’s going on, Mandy asks for a story, and Brianna pulls out “Green Eggs and Ham” from her bag. Fanny and Germain are in awe at the story and keep making comments, which annoys Mandy. She ends up throwing a bit of a tantrum, making Jamie take her outside.
Once Mandy has calmed down and the cookies are ready, Mandy is able to read the story to everyone.
This leads to Brianna bringing out other books that she got for people. She brought Claire the “Merck’s Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy.” For Jamie, she brought the three volumes of “The Lord of the Rings.” Later, he decides that they should all read a chapter a night, with everyone getting a chance to read something out loud. It’s such a beautiful bonding idea, and I think we’ve all lost this now that technology is in our lives.
Brianna also shares that she brought back “The Scientific American Boy” for Jemmy and “The Soul of a Rebel: The Scottish Roots of the American Revolution” for herself. Her own book is by Frank Randall, and Claire notes to Jamie that this was Frank’s last book. She didn’t get a chance to read it, but it’s clear why Bree brought it. Not only is it something of a man she views as her father since he raised her, but it will help with what’s going on in the American Revolutionary War they are living right now.