Welcome to Week Three of the Outlander Read-Along everybody! Jess from Tangled Up in Blue has written some excellent questions!
My Questions for Week Four are found at the bottom of this blog post! *Be Warned: The Questions MAY be slightly spoilerish. Be careful if you’re not reading ahead!*
OH MY GOODNESS. *blushes* Great question.
Well…YES I was highly anticipating the scene you mention. I mean, seriously, I’ve been very vocal about this on the blog posts and on Twitter. And I absolutely loved it! Does that make me a freak-weirdo? Because I’m okay with that if it does. GOOD STUFF, baby!!!
My impressions are that I love Jamie for being naive. I love him for being inquisitive and for being honest. I love Claire for being patient and willing and kind. And I love that the two of them could be more than just married-on-paper. I thought it was fantastic. There were several parts of the chapter that I read more than once. **ahem** Y’all did too, don’t lie…
Is it what I was expecting? I didn’t know what to expect, other than I was hoping for GOOD STUFF because I had talked myself into high expectations. Although it is weird to be judging the sexual encounters of another couple, I APPROVE! and not only that – I’ll go a step further and say that I think I like these two more and more even after Chapter 15. Chapter 15 is only a springboard for the rest of what I’ve read so far.
2. I know that some readers have been bothered thus far by the fact of Claire being married to Frank but still being involved with Jamie, despite the different time periods. Does their time as newlyweds change anyone’s opinion of that? If not, now what are you thinking of the situation?
OOOOH another good one… I’ve been TEAM JAMIE from the beginning, even though I know Claire still thinks of Frank. Honestly, while the marriage and all the GOOD STUFF was going on, I wasn’t really thinking too much of poor Frank. I think that their time, those few days after their wedding made them grow as a couple, building on their friendship, and now I think Claire and Jamie have a reasonably solid relationship – or, as solid as it can be under the circumstances and for how new it is.
For me, I’m GUESSING that if there is another jump and Claire goes back to the 1940’s where Frank is, I will actually be more bothered by any ‘interaction’ she has with Frank. To me, Claire and Jamie are a sound and solid couple and this is just how I see things. They’ve basically taken the place of ‘Frank and Claire’ in my mind – Does that make any sense? I think from here on out, Frank will bother me more than Jamie ever did/would have. That may be wrong or weird, but I’m just being honest…and also speculating.
Also, again, I’m TEAM JAMIE, so there’s that. *shrugs shoulders*
3. What did you think about the “waterhorse” that Claire saw? Why do you think Peter was so spooked? And what do you think this means for Claire?
Honestly, I thought it was pretty silly when I was reading about it. But now that it shows up as a question, I’m wondering if it is foreshadowing of something later on…Could Peter tell others about what he saw, Claire’s ease with the Waterhorse? Could she be viewed as some sort of witch or something? I have no idea. Where I had pretty much forgotten about it before this question, I will probably keep it in the back of my mind now. Sneaky, sneaky question.
4. If you were Claire and you were knowingly in the vicinity of the stones, would you have done the same thing she did?
No way no no no! I trust Jamie and he isn’t real, so I can only imagine that if I were Claire, I’d do EXACTLY what he said. There are a ton of things working against Claire AND against Claire and Jamie as a couple. She was a bit foolish, in my opinion. I’d have planted my behind and stayed right there all day for my hot kilted hottie to come back for me. Y’all, I’m as serious as I can be.
5. What do you think about Captain Randall? How do you think the family resemblance between him and Frank affects Claire and particularly her relationship with Jamie?
I think Captain Randall is a horrid, horrid human being – just utterly terrible. Every time he does something that I think is awful, he comes back and does something that is WORSE. I know it bothers Claire to see him because he apparently looks a lot like Frank, but I would think that after a time she would be able to break that association…
I don’t really know how the resemblance affects her relationship with Jamie unless it keeps reminding her about Frank – erases the “out of sight, out of mind” mentality – but still I am thinking that Randall is so BAD that if it were me I’m thinking I’d probably just stop associating him with someone a bit more positive like Frank. Or maybe I’d have a hard time making an association with Frank at all anymore because all I’m seeing in the flesh is the awful Randall, and the memories of Frank – his own face, his voice, his movements, etc – would fall away. I’m not sure I’m making any sense right now, but I promise you it makes good sense in my head. Really.
I think Claire is smarter than Randall, though, in several ways. YAY!! And I love the way she has stood up to him already – with and without the help of others. At this point, I see Randall as an unredeemable creep. Who knows what the rest of the book holds?
My love for Jamie Fraser only grows and he isn’t real. Help me, y’all.
(READING THESE AHEAD MAY REVEAL SPOILERS!)