Outlander Read-a-long 5

Love being among the Frasers and friends. It is nice to see Jamie and Claire have some normalcy. But it didn’t get to stay that way long. I want to punch that bloody Randall in the face. Blog hop with us the next few Mondays and follow the discussion on twitter #OutlanderRA.

June 11th – Questions for chapters 1-7 announced at Gone with the Words
June 18th – Questions for chapters 1-7 answered & questions announced for chapters 8-14 at Stalking the Bookshelves
June 25th – Questions for chapters 8-14 answered & questions announced for chapters 15-21 on Tangled up in Blue
July 2nd – Questions for chapters 15-21 answered & questions announced for chapters 22-28 on Into the Hall of Books
July 9th – Questions for chapters 22-28 answered & questions announced for chapters 29-35 on Logan E. Turner
July 16th – Questions for chapters 29-35 answered & questions announced for chapters 36-41 on The Reading Housewives
July 23rd – Questions for chapters 36-41 answered on Gone with the Words. The end.

Chapter 29-35 Discussion:
1. We are now settled into life at Lallybroch. What are your impressions of this place, and Ian and Jenny Murray? How do the stories of Jamie’s life here growing up shape your feelings toward him?

It seems like as close to heaven as possible, if those bloody Yanks weren’t roaming around. I love all the stories. Not that Jamie needs any help with me loving and understanding him, but each story endears me to him even more.

2.  What do you think of the story of what really happened between Jenny and Jack Randall? Could you have been as bold as Jenny? Does this change your understanding of Randall?

WOW! I wouldn’t expect Jenny to be any different than Jamie. She is going to protect the people she loves first, not be pushed around second, and save herself third. I would love to be that bold. Probably I love to think that it would work, if I was in her situation. Well I guess there isn’t anything like a little performance anxiety to make a real jackass out of someone. It definitely explains even more why he hates Jamie so much. I’m sure he thought he already knew the not-so-sordid story.

3.  For the second time, we see Claire warning a Fraser about future events. Do you think this is wise? Or does this mess with history/the space-time continuum/the natural order of things?

I totally think it is messing with stuff. But in her case, she isn’t planning on going back. I would protect what is mine and important to me right now. But even if say these Highlanders do survive the English, I don’t think anything super big time is going to change. The Highlanders mostly stick to their bit of rock. The English will still be the mighty empire, with or without the Scots. Unless this gives them performance anxiety. Hmmmm…*taps fingers*

4.  Do you consider Claire brave or foolish for going after Jamie? Would you be courageous enough to go into enemy territory to try and save the man you love?

Both. If I were her, my only choices are go in after him just like he did for her OR head back to the stones. But I think her heart is long gone for Jamie and she doesn’t have any children to think of, so she is all in. I’d like to think I would go after my heart’s true love.

5.  Jamie makes a gut-wrenching decision in Chapter 35. Do you blame Claire for putting him in that position? What kinds of repercussions do you expect?

I think you are talking about when Randall has the knife to Claire’s throat and Jamie offers himself without struggle and gets the nail through the hand. No, I don’t blame Claire for going in after him. Yes, I blame her for not paying attention to what was going on with Randall. She should have brained him with something while Jamie was fighting off the ogre. I’m obviously hoping that Jamie makes it out. But I am worried about the continued abuse to his body. How will he recover from his hand being mangled and now a nail through it and how many other god-forsaken things Randall will do to him before he is rescued? She should have shoved him through the stones with her, so they both could be safe.

18 responses to “Outlander Read-a-long 5

  1. creativityscorner

    For some reason your response to the last question has me thinking about the scene in The Princess Bride where Westley is fighting the ROUSes and Buttercup mostly sits there and watches or pokes it with a stick. It’s funny, because Claire is about as opposite from Buttercup as she could be, and yet put her in a situation where she actually has to fight a man and, even with training in some hand-to-hand combat, and she just watches!

    • I don’t remember that scene. I’ll have to rewatch. I get it. I’d probably be scared out of my mind. But she does all this amazingly brave and calculated stuff, then just hops out the bed out of the way.

  2. Jac @ For Love and Books

    You make a good point about Claire not planning on going back and protecting what’s important to her – that’s a way I hadn’t thought about this situation. I was just annoyed with her for messing with stuff again *lol*

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  3. I know – Jamie is a tough guy, but the body has its limits. And seriously, how many times is Jamie going to be injured in defense of Claire, protecting Claire, getting Claire out of some trouble she’s caused, etc.? Lallybroch does seem like a little bit of heaven – too bad Jamie and Claire just can’t stay safe there forever!

  4. “Well I guess there isn’t anything like a little performance anxiety to make a real jackass out of someone.”

    Ha! That just made me spurt a bit of coffee out:) And so true, so true!

    And yes, I am in total consensus with you regarding Claire’s ability to just SIT THERE AND WATCH instead of being productive and finishing off Randall while he’s down for the count.

  5. Your post made me think about the difference between when Jenny confronted Randall, and then when Claire did. Jenny stepped it up and saved herself, Claire cowered in a corner, and Jamie is going to suffer for that. I don’t know if it’s her continued comparison of Randall to Frank, or she’s afraid to kill him before his time, but I was very very upset that she didn’t do anything useful while Jamie was fighting Randall and Marley with a mangled hand!

  6. I love all the stories of Lollybrach too. I don’t know if I’d want to live there though as it sounds like a lot of working keeping the place up. But I love Jenny! She’s such a great character! And I agree, I think Claire should have been more pro-active when she came to rescue Jamie.

  7. I really liked the time at Lallybroch too, mostly because I love Ian and Jenny! I was so impressed by how she handled Randall and I definitely don’t think I would have had my wits about me to do the same! I can’t even talk about question five. She makes me so angry. She is hiding in the corner waiting to be saved while her husband is half dead and then in the next scene she fights a wolf. I mean, COME ON!

  8. Ha ha … so true! Those darn English — why must they be around when Jamie and Claire are just settling into domestic life?

    And I agree about Claire going in to save Jamie … how could she just stand there and watch him get tortured?? There’s not very much of a difference between the wolf and Randall …

    If Jamie gets out of this, he’s going to be a MESS!

  9. Claire DID just kind of sit there while poor, broken-up Jamie fought off the big guy and then got nailed to the table by Randall. I try so hard not to be overly annoyed with Claire, and for the most part I do okay, but it was really hard not to rationalize how she could FIGHT OFF A WOLF and make it okay and not Randall and the big guy. Poor Jamie.

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