Just the Outlander chapter
Claire is out at the cove for the evening, so Jamie decides to read. What should he read, though? There aren’t many books in the library, but Jamie looks through them all and stops on The Soul of a Rebel: The Scottish Roots of the American Revolution by Frank Randall.
However, Bluebell interrupts, needing to go outside to pee. Jamie allows the dog out and looks up at the stars. In that moment, he decides to forgive Lord John Grey for everything. It’s time to let go of that anger, and Jamie notes that his soul feels light for it.
He refuses to forgive Frank, though. When Jamie goes back in and looks at the book and at Frank’s face, Jamie knows that he can’t forgive Claire’s first husband right now. He also notes that Frank probably doesn’t forgive him.
I do often chuckle at Jamie’s jealousy toward Frank. Out of the two men, Frank is the one who has more of a right to be jealous. Claire chose Jamie over Frank. Had it not been for Culloden, Claire would never have gone back through the stones to Frank.
I would get Jamie’s jealousy if it was about Bree. Frank was the one to raise Brianna. However, the jealousy always seems to be at Frank’s place in Claire’s heart.
We move on to the next morning, when Jamie wakes up realizing that he dreamed about Achilles’s ship. Fanny wants to talk to him about Gaelic, and I love that we see the two of them converse over this. Fanny is learning so much about the world now that she’s with the Frasers, and I adore seeing Jamie teaching her things. It would have been easy to just push her toward Claire or Bree as Fanny is a girl, but Jamie has never been one for assigned gender roles when it comes to teaching things. He likes to converse with Fanny, especially as she’s so interested.
The rest of the house is just getting on with breakfast. It’s a normal morning, although Roger is out seeing Grannie MacKinnon, who has woken up dying again.