The Frasers are woken by howling in Outlander Book 9, Chapter 16
Jamie and Claire wake to howling outside in Outlander Book 9, Chapter 16. The Frasers get a new member of the family.
The howling is that of a dog. Not a supernatural being or a wolf like Claire initially suspects. Jamie also immediately knows the dog once he sees it—or more like, when he really hears it. He’s heard that howl before.
After realizing that the dog is starving and in pain, the Frasers take her in. It’s Jamie who ends up naming the dog, Bluebell, as he says that he is the one who needs absolution. Why would he need that? There is certainly some foreshadowing in this chapter.
Will the chapter be used in the TV series, though? I get the feeling that this whole part is going to be skipped over, and I’ll share my thoughts on that in the adaptation section. I don’t think we’ll get to meet Bluebell.
Can I just say, though, that my heart breaks for Bluebell. I know who her master was, but that doesn’t mean we can’t feel for her. The idea of her howling at her master’s grave has me heartbroken.
Let’s dive into Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone Chapter 16.