Sunday, January 24, 2010

Na na na na na na... you say it's your birthday...

SPOILER ALERT: Dinna read unless you have finished Chapter 59 in THE FIERY CROSS.

OK - so no sooner are Jamie and Claire back at the Ridge than they're heading out to go fight the Regulators with the Militia... and Roger Mac is going with them. (I LOVE that name. It makes Roger seem a little more mysterious and manly.) Because, you know, Roger has soooo much experience with guns and the like. He is ridiculously lucky that Jamie doesn't tell him to stay home with the weans and tend to Claire's garden.

So once they get where they're going, Jamie sends Roger's arse out into the wood to go find Hermon Husband and ask him to please come and talk to the governor. Jamie probably figured this was an easy enough task for Roger who is lacking in um, shall we say battle skills.

But a few days before Roger's departure, Jamie and Claire wake up in their tent on Jamie's birthday. And Jamie is holding up his right hand (and we all know what THAT hand looks like... damn you Jack Randall. Damn you to hell!) and examining it for changes, now that he has turned 50. HOLY SHIT JAMIE IS 50, Y'ALL! (Fifty and fine... say it with me!) And Carol melts a little further into her chair, beaming with pride over a fictional character and his journey through hell and back again - lucky to be with his one true love at the half-century mark of his life. And Jamie and Claire have a very moving and poignant conversation about outliving their parents... which made me shed a little tear for both of them.

And then the journal entries start. LORDDDD the journal entries. Journal entries made by Governor Tryon. And then the skimming starts. Because it was late and Carol was tired (why else would she be talking about herself in the third person?) and she kindof loathes Tryon and doesna really care what he's up to. All I cared about was this: Are we fighting or what???


  1. The journal entries...OCH. That was officially the first boring part of this series.

  2. I read them because I knew those were the actual journal entries... but yes, they were *very* boring. Keep reading! I can't wait to see what you have to say next! :)

  3. Ooooh see now, Diana, I did NOT know they were the actual journal entries! I suppose this is the type of thing I'll learn when I finish the series and actually let myself peruse the Diana Gabaldon/Outlander sites online! Thanks for the tip! I'll definitely go back and read them if that is the case.

    PS - Have been doing a little research on the Ku Klux Klan and how they came to be thought of as a Scottish organization by some - most likely due to the burning of crosses. While they did borrow the old Highland tradition of burning crosses (St. Andrew's crosses, mind you, aka sideways in the shape of an X) - this is not the case. Some original members may have had a Scottish backgrounds, but it was never a Scottish organization. Definitely have to do a post on that as well.

  4. I didn't know they were actual journal entries either! Wow. Maybe I'll pay better attention in future readings. ;)