Just the Outlander chapter
Roger takes some time to collect himself. It’s in the privy of all places, but it’s the only silent place he can go. He does hear the pipes in the distance, though, and he wonders how his future colleagues take to those pipes.
There are two things that Roger realizes in this chapter. Yes, he’s scared of what his ordination will bring, but yes, he is ready for it.
We then go to Jamie, who thinks back to Notre Dame and a group ordination. There were pipes there. He realizes that the celebration there is very similar to this one, despite a different language being used. Jamie gets rather tearful at Roger being ordained, and we get that sense of pride he has for the man.
I do love seeing this. Jamie and Roger didn’t like each other at first. They were so different to each other. However, Jamie has accepted that Roger had a different upbringing and has different life experiences. He’s been able to accept the man Roger is, seeing how good he is for Bree. And that’s led to this proud moment here.
At the end, though, Jamie admits to Claire that he fears he will never hear Mass again. There are so few priests in the Colonies, and the Catholic religion is frowned upon. However, there is the promise of hope. There is the promise of Freedom of Religion in the Constitution. This is something that Jamie knows is worth fighting for, and I think it gives him another reason to be on the side that he is on in the Revolutionary War.