Just the Outlander chapter
The chapter starts with Rachel angry enough to throw an apple at a tree. It turns out that two Friends at the Philadelphia Meeting House made it clear that they will not accept Silvia and her daughters. Silvia should have turned to needlework or something else instead of what she did to survive. That’s despite Silvia knowing that wasn’t possible.
Silvia is heartbroken. She had hoped to find Friends after years of loneliness getting to her. Rachel makes it clear that it only takes two Friends to have a meeting, and there are two of them together.
Meanwhile, Young Ian finds out more about Jane and Fanny. The brothel madam and some of the workers viewed Jane as a witch. In fact, the madam was sure that Jane would murder them in the night. Once they get over the initial shock of Ian’s questions about her, they get to some useful information.
Jane and Fanny were brought to the brothel by a potential Spanish ship captain, Sebastian Vasquez. He couldn’t pay his bill, so he sold the two girls. The last time Vasquez had been back, he smelled like gunpowder from a pistol just recently fired. That’s all the useful information they have.
It turns out that Jane was probably not a virgin when she was brought to the brothel. The madam used chicken blood to make it look like she lost her maidenhead—presumably because Jane would get a higher price as a virgin.
When Ian gets back, Silvia makes it clear that she can’t stay in Philadelphia. Word would have gotten around about her. So, she asks if the Mohawk would take her in. Ian makes it clear that there isn’t a word for a prostitute in the Mohawk language, which means that it’s not important to them. There is a chance the Mohawk will take Silvia and her daughters in.
However, with so many women now traveling with him, Young Ian realizes that he could do with another man to go on the journey with them.