Outlander Chronicles 2013, Day 009-010

Outlander Chronicles 2013
Day 009 – 010 |Audiobook: Outlander, Part 2 | 03:09:05 – 07:06:05
up till the middle of chapter 22: Reckonings

I remember being appalled that Jamie actually would follow through with his threat of beating Claire in case she wouldn’t stay where they left her. While I was listening to this all over the last couple of days I was once again wondering why exactly I and millions of other women and of course Claire herself, still have fallen for this guy. I mean, he beat her with a leather strap! Which is an appalling idea and from our modern eyes and rightfully so. And I don’t want to apologize this with the “well that’s what was done in those days”. I think what put it in perspective was the fact, that anyone else, every man in this group would have been punished in a similar fashion, had they put the whole group in mortal danger, like Claire did with her escape.

I also remember forgiving him, once he explained her why he did and apologized. In his own way :-)
Without one word of direct explanation or apology he had given me the message he intended. I gave you justice, it said, as I was taught it. And I gave you mercy too, so far as I could. While I could not spare you pain and humiliation, I make you a gift of my own pains and humiliations, that yours might be easier to bear.
I think that’s one of the many reasons I’ve fallen for Jamie…

Other noteworthy stuff from these chapters: Claire is starting to admit (to herself) that might be more than infatuated with Jamie. She is jealous when she imagines that he might marry Laoghaire, when he will have realized that she had left for good.

And then I also remembered something Diana Gabaldon wrote in a recent blog post

“IF the series does get produced, I can pretty much guarantee that it will have a lot of sex in it.”

Hell yeah! I remember Claire and Jamie having a healthy sex life, but I had forgotten how much sex they had in these first few days of their marriage. It’s like, all the time. Everywhere! But I’m not complaining. Far from it.

Things Jamie said…

… after going down on her
“Well that’s a bit better,” said a voice, gasping between words. “Takes a bit of effort to make *you* properly submissive, doesn’t it?”
[….]
“Does it ever stop, Claire? The wanting you?”

…while rescuing her from Fort William
“I’ll thank ye,” said a cool, level voice, “to take your hands of my wife.”
[….]
“You bluffed your way in here with an *empty* gun?” I croaked hysterically.
“If it were loaded, I would ha’ just shot him in the first place, wouldn’t I?” Jamie hissed.

…in a fight with Claire
“My pride is hurt. And my pride is about all I’ve got left to me. [….] You’re tearing my guts out Claire.”

…while he punishes her
“As for my pleasure…” His lip twitched. “I said I would have to punish you. I did *not* say, I wasna going to enjoy it.”
But at least he doesn’t quite enjoy it in a 50 Shades kind of way, was my thought at that :-)

[All quotes from “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon, Copyright© 1991 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.]

2 Comments

    1. Thanks. It’s so much fun to listen to all of it once more and to really pay attention. So many things had already slipped my memory.

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