Outlander Book Club: Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone Chapter 96 breakdown

Brianna hears John Cinnamon's story in Outlander Book 9, Chapter 96. Here's our breakdown of the Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone chapter.

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The chapter starts with Bree, William, and John Cinnamon being taken to their lodgings for the night. It’s a rundown shed, and Lieutenant Hanson apologizes for the state of it. It’s clearly not somewhere suitable for women, and I think that’s the part he’s embarrassed about. He makes it clear that he will go and get them some food.

William finds the best bed for Brianna and lets her sleep there. The men can deal with the leaky walls. I love that he makes sure to look out for Bree. He doesn’t even know about her heart problems and he’s protect of her.

Bree falls asleep, although is woken to eat food and then goes back to sleep. She wakes in the night to her heart fluttering again. John Cinnamon is awake and offers her water. Bree goes outside to relieve herself and John ends up joining her.

This is a chance for Bree to learn more about John and how he knows William. John keeps the story about himself, and I love that he is so respectful of William’s story. He gets it that a person’s story is their own to tell. John admits that he would like to send a portrait of himself to his father, despite the man abandoning him. He would also like to know what his birth mother called him.

Bree can relate to this. There are so many topics of identity throughout the Outlander books. William is figuring out his identity after finding out that Jamie is his father, and Bree has already dealt with that. John Cinnamon is also figuring out his identity after finding out that Lord John Grey is not his dad.

At the end of the chapter, Bree is motherly toward Cinnamon. She makes it clear that seeing who John is will break his father’s heart.