Just the Outlander chapter
The chapter starts with the MacKenzies getting to Charles Town. Mandy shouts “Uncle Joe” when she sees a slave, and it opens the conversation of slavery. It was only a matter of time before Mandy saw a slave, and that discussion needed to be had. It’s important not to shy away from these topics in a book that’s set in the 18th century.
The boys and Bree are in awe when they see camps of the Continental soldiers. For Bree, the war finally feels real. She’s spent so long learning about it through books, and now she sees it first hand. I love seeing this experience through her.
Finally, it’s time to head to Fergus and Marsali. Germain is apprehensive still, and when he sees the print shop sign that says “Fergus and Sons,” he curses. Roger is the one who pulls Germain into the building, although Bree does try to help settle his fears.
As soon as he walks through the door, Germain is welcomed by Fergus and Marsali. It’s clear that the two of them are happy to have their son back. There’s some time spent with the children all getting to know each other. After all, Mandy doesn’t even know her cousins, although Jem remembers them well. We have to remember that Mandy was a baby when she traveled through the stones to the present day.
Once the children have gone to bed, the adults can talk. Bree tries to keep herself in the moment, but she does think of Amy at times. After all, she finally feels safe now that the whole family is together, but is this just a calm before the storm?