Just the Outlander chapter
The chapter starts with Brianna and William setting off back to the Brumby household. As they do this, they talk about the chances of John Cinnamon being reunited with his biological father. This leads to William slipping up in calling Lord John Grey his father. That’s only understandable. William has always known that John is his stepfather, but father is still appropriate.
I love that Bree points out that Jamie wouldn’t mind William calling John his father. He doesn’t overly like Frank, but he understands that the man raised Brianna and she views him as her dad too. Of course, William is going to see John as his dad. The best thing for Jamie is that he and John had an understanding about raising William, so Jamie will be even more settled about William calling John father than he would Bree calling Frank that.
As the two continue to the city, they realize there are some mourners on their way down the path. They pull to one side and see two small bodies loaded on the wagon with grief stricken women. It’s clear that these are children, and Bree can’t help but think of Jem and Mandy. William is also considerate of the casualties of war.
A young boy in scraps of a uniform comes up to ask William for help in French. John Cinnamon is hiding and is attempting to escape a French press gang. Bree suggests the smugglers’ tunnels, but William dismisses her. At first, this could seem like he’s being rude, but I think he’s being protective. He doesn’t want to see Bree get herself in any more danger than she needs to be.
It’s okay by the end, though. Roger returns and the MacKenzies reunite.