Week Three for the Outlander read-a-long is over! I admit that I wasn’t as diligent with my reading this week and had about 5 chapters left to read last night, but once I started I couldn’t stop! There were some really great chapters scheduled for this week!
Here are my answers to this week’s questions:
1) We FINALLY get to the scene we’ve all been waiting for. You know what I’m talking about–yay sexytimes! What were your impressions? Was it what you were expecting? Or did you want more?
Ha ha! I love that — “sexytimes.” It was definitely what I was expecting! Actually, after last week’s chapters, I just had to keep reading through chapter 15 — I couldn’t be left hanging like that!
I thought it was crazy that Claire and Jamie had to consummate their marriage so that it couldn’t be annulled — but I guess that’s still somewhat in practice today (though harder to prove).
All in all, Gabaldon does write somy damn fine sexy scenes!
2) I know that some readers thus far have been bothered 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?
Uhhh …. Frank? Frank who?
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, that was such a crazy chapter to read — what with the Loch Ness Monster legend and all. I love stories about sea monsters, so I loved it. But honestly, I had no idea what it was! I mean, obviously people of that time probably weren’t used to seeing such creatures in the water and bodies of water probably weren’t studied as much as they are these days.
I have no clue what it means for Claire! Did I miss something?
4) If you were Claire and you were knowingly in the vicinity of the stones, would you have done the same thing she did?
Yes! Though I would’ve been just as torn as she was, definitely feeling something for Jamie at the thought of leaving. And I probably would’ve taken the horse, which makes Claire a much better thinker than I am!
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?
Captain Randall is such an arrogant prick and a douche! (Excuse my language!) I can’t believe how he seemed to have been put up on a pedestal in his later family — such as to Frank — but really, he was a user and abuser. To think what Frank would’ve thought if he really knew how his relative acted. I can definitely see how Claire is so torn about him at times — especially when his hair falls at a certain angle, or when he laughs. It would be hard to look at him in times like that and not remember Frank and the life that Claire had to leave.
Tune in next week for my answers to the next questions for Chapters 22 – 28 …
See my update from Week One …
See my update from Week Two …
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