Just the Outlander chapter
There are two elements to this chapter. For the men, it’s all about the hunt. Ian has managed to shoot arrows in the bear’s backside, and Bluebell chases the bear up a tree. At one point, Roger, who is standing back with the boys, feels some sympathy for this bear. It’s cornered up a tree, and it will know that there is no hope for itself. Then Roger remembers Amy and the sympathy for the bear disappears.
Aidan manages to get some revenge on the bear. He grabs a knife and stabs the bear a few times. Roger gets Aidan away as a spear comes down and kills the bear.
After that, it’s time to pay respects to the bear. Jamie says a prayer over the soul of the bear. While this was an act of revenge for Aidan and one of safety for Jamie and Ian, they have all still taken a life. However, there is closure in this. Ian marks Aidan with white paint and fat from the bear on Aidan’s forehead to note the end of this and how Aidan became a warrior in this moment.
While all that goes on, Bree has found something that she can do for Amy. She can make the coffin, and she gets some clean wood to do that. When she’s finished, she takes it to the surgery, where the women are still bustling around to get Amy’s body ready for burial.
When Roger returns from the hunt, he and Bree get a moment together. Bree wants to know if the hunt was awful. While it was, Roger also admits that it was kind of “wonderful.” Now Roger needs to ready himself, hiding his own emotion and tiredness to be there for the people who will need him. While many men will grab a sword, Roger grabs hold of his emotions to ready himself with empathy and compassion. It’s another reminder that everyone has a place on the Ridge.