Welcome to Week Two of the Outlander Read-Along everybody! Carrie from Stalking the Bookshelves has written some excellent questions!
The Questions for Week Three will come from Jess at Tangled Up In Blue and can be found on her blog today.
The Twitter hashtag for this event is #OutlanderRA, so tweet while you read. That’s half the fun, people!
1. Claire has been given the task of healer at the castle. She must adapt her nursing skills for the time and learn what herbs and etc will cure each particular ailment that is presented to her. Do you have any home remedies that were passed down to you (cure for a cold, bee sting or what have you)?
Y’all this is gonna be embarrassing for me, because I’m the nurse in the group. So I feel like I should have the wonderful answer like OF COURSE, LET ME LIST ALL OF THE THINGS THAT I KNOW THAT ARE AS AWESOME AS CLAIRE! But NO! I don’t.
Asheley, RN: FAIL. Don’t you guys go and try to make me feel better about this either. I should know more. Claire can fix up people in different centuries. What if I get transported back to the 1800’s??? Those soldiers can kiss it goodbye, cause Asheley only knows 1) labor & delivery, which will profit them nothing and 2) no home remedies EXCEPT FOR…
Liquor and honey for a bad cough. It totally works, y’all. Drink some if you have one of those hacky coughs that won’t go away, and OH YES your cough will go away. Then you’ll fall face forward onto whatever surface is in front of you. (My father-in-law feeds me peach brandy now and it has just about the same effect, but I don’t consider that a home remedy.)
I love y’all, but I’m thoroughly embarrassed at my answer to this question. But it is an excellent question, Carrie. And I still love being able to connect to Claire through her nursing skills!
2. What do you think would be the biggest challenge of living in the past? (Clothing, hygiene, food, etiquette, or etc)
Oh my gracious! Well, first of all, I like to be clean. C-L-E-A-N. So I’m not sure how I’d feel about not being able to wash my hair thoroughly – with good shampoo. I can’t stand a dirty scalp. Also, I can’t stand feeling like I stink. I may be overly obsessive about this, so in order not to embarrass myself, I’ll just leave it at that. Hygiene is a good one, Carrie!
Also, I’m gonna be flat-out honest and say that I am quite in love with my internet access. I can do without it for a time. But you guys, I would totally miss you all if I couldn’t get on here and talk about books with you. And speaking about that, WHERE ARE THE BOOKS? *gasps* I certainly don’t see Claire and Jamie reading books like Julie Kagawa’s awesome stuff or anything by Patrick Ness!!! I’m gonna venture out on a limb and guess these people in the 1700’s hardly can fathom the definition of dystopian literature or paranormal/urban fantasy (or am I wrong about that?). I don’t even think I need to elaborate on the book thing.
In order not to take up too much space on the interwebs, I think I should just say that I would miss everything. That’s the plain, gosh-honest truth. But first and foremost, I wouldn’t like stinking. Claire has mentioned more than once about “musky” men. Um…no way. I like my men clean. Ick. And I have to shave my legs every single day. EVERY. (Y’all are gonna think I’m a freak.)
3. Do you have a favorite character, scene, or quote so far? If so, share it with us.
WELL, since we technically haven’t gotten to Chapter 15 yet…*cough*ahem*cough*…
I am super partial to the part when Jamie told Claire his real name. All five parts of it! Why? I. Do. Not. Know. But I found that to be profoundly sexy. Like a prelude to the GOOD STUFF. I read it over and over silently and then out loud! Oh my gosh, I’m such a dork! Oh my goodness! (Y’all know what I did then? I went to facebook to my IRL friend ANNA and messaged her about it! *blushes* It’s true. OVER A NAME. – This is not the first time in a book I’ve fallen apart over a character revealing his true name.)
So I guess to answer the question correctly, it was in Chapter 14, and the answer is when Jamie says, “James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser.” All it took was that name and I melted. For serious.
4. What do you think about the addition of the blood bond in the wedding ceremony? Is this something you would do with the one you love?
OOOH. Good question, Carrie!
This came sort of out-of-the-blue for me, because I’m not aware of the customs of this time and this area. They mention that it is a pagan custom, which would certainly make it something that I wouldn’t necessarily know. However, I can GUESS that there is some symbolism in it, although I could be wrong…
Claire is married to Frank, but the marriage (as we know) is a bit wonky since they were separated and then brought back together…but Frank is preoccupied all the time. We’ve all expressed our concerns about Frank and Claire being able to connect, and we’ve all mentioned that we basically connected immediately with Jamie (at least I think I remember that we all felt that way). This blood bond seems for real, you guys. Frank and Claire have no mention of having a blood bond binding them together. So IF Claire travels back to her regular time, to Frank, she will still be married to Jamie also and also bound to him by blood, which is a bond that is certainly (at least symbolically) stronger than the bond she has with Frank.
Did I love the blood bond? It was a little unusual because it isn’t MY custom and I haven’t heard of it before. However, I can certainly see its significance in the story, and I LOVE the fact that Jamie and Claire are bonded beyond just a legal agreement.
I’m very interested in seeing what everyone else thinks about this.
Would I do this? In this day and age, and given the customs and beliefs that I follow, a blood bond isn’t necessary because a marriage is a covenant that already isn’t to be taken lightly, which is basically what I think the blood bond would be establishing. I think to do it this day and age, and in this part of the world, would be symbolic or taking part in an older or cultural ritual. I did not do that when I was married. I merely spoke words, and by golly they were enough!
5. Are you reading along closely with the scheduled chapters or are you ahead or behind?
Another excellent question by Carrie, and at the most perfect place in the book to ask.
Y’all, I have been hearing that Chapter 15 was the GOOD STUFF I was waiting for. Now, I’ve not been keeping it a secret that I wanted to read the GOOD STUFF. So did you all honestly think I was going to stop at Chapter 14? NO WAY. I am not reading ahead because I don’t have time to read ahead with the other blog event that I have going on at the moment. But cutting us off at this point – I just HAD to find out about Chapter 15. And GOOD GRACIOUS ALMIGHTY HOLY BATMAN, I’m glad I did.
Answer, I am not reading ahead. But I read Chapter 15. When I pick the book back up this week, I will start back with Chapter 15. Meaning I will read Chapter 15 more than once. Yessirree. GOOD STUFF in that there chapter.
Y’all can laugh if you want. I’m a big, adult girl and I’ve been waiting for it. Like I told Jess @gonewiththeword – I can put the book down now that I’ve finished Chapter 15. The story may as well be complete. Stick a fork in me, I’m done. GOOD STUFF, yesssss.
At this point, I am head over heels for Jamie Fraser.
Questions for chapters 15-21 answered & questions announced for chapters 22-28 on Into the Hall of Books
Questions for chapters 29-35 answered & questions announced for chapters 36-41 on The Reading Housewives
Questions for chapters 36-41 answered on Gone with the Words.
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