Wednesday, July 14, 2010

What Happened at the Cottage?!

Ok DON'T ANSWER THAT. Because I'm about to listen s'more (mmmmm...smores - said like Homer Simpson) and find out what happens next. What am I talking about? Well here is my comment from the last post that will explain it to you:

OMG - I am having issues with the audio right friggin now. I just sat through the "Claire almost burning at the stake" scene - and finally got to what I thought was going to be Jamie and Claire nirvana at the cottage after she told him she stayed - only to hear about them crying - sleeping - crying - sleeping - and riding off on a horse. I had to run and get my Kindle to confirm because I thought my iPod skipped ahead. Where's the sex? Where's the "I canna live without you?" Where's the profession of love?? Did I make this up in my head?!? 

I am hoping this is one of those times where Diana skips to the next part of the story - but then goes back and explains what happened in the past - because I can't BELIEVE I made up an amazing scene at the cottage that never happened?!  Didn't they tell each other they loved each other right after Claire decided to stay in the 18th century? (DON'T ANSWER THAT) I am really perplexed and confused. I guess I'm mixing it up with the end of Dragonfly?? Oh who KNOWS!

16 comments:

  1. This is what multiple re-reads are for :-) It's hard to keep all those details straight!

    I wonder if we'll see more of what happened then, in THE EXILE? I hope so. I would really, really love to see what Jamie was thinking when she told him the truth.

    Karen

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  2. Oh Karen, GREAT point. Or what those hours without Claire were like for Jamie while he was waiting at the cottage (before he fell asleep, of course. Shannon says he's a "typical man". Ha ha!)

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  3. Carol, this whole post has me laughing hysterically. I canna believe all the endearments you expected to go down at the cottage. And ESPECIALLY after the

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    sheep-face meltdown!! Seriously, you must REALLY have hated that scene, b/c you completely blocked it out and wrote your own! You fan fiction vixen you!!! Heeheehee

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  4. I know this is a dumb question. But I am on the 4th book and I am just reading the next one in line so I'm not sure what the EXILE book is but I'm pretty sure I need to read it so when is it coming out do you know? Sorry for the silly question! There is alot that I need to learn about Outlander....But I am willing:)

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  5. Hi Molly!!! No such thing as a dumb question--and you have come to the right place to learn stuff about Outlander!

    The Exile is a graphic novel (text by Diana Gabaldon) that's coming out in Sept.--it's basically the first half of Outlander from Jamie's and Murtaugh's points of view. We're all looking forward to it, as it will be very interesting to get into Jamie's head and see what he was thinking when--and before--he met Claire.

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  6. Tracey you have touched on something interesting. Remember how I wasn't thrilled with Lallybroch the first time around? Maybe it was because they didn't have a massive lovin' reunion at the cottage. Maybe I felt a bit jipped and then built on the feeling at Lallybroch. I remember feeling like there wasn't much "Jamie and Claire Alone Time" at Lallybroch. We shall see... I believe I'm headed there now.

    PS - What is KILLING me is that - in order to get to the really good cottage lovin, I have to get to the end of Dragonfly! That will kill me all over again. You will be on the phone picking up my pieces for TWO hours this time!

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  7. Molly - if you can look at the last book without reading anything, try to stop by a book store and pick up the paperback Echo (it's bright green; you canna miss it.) Look at the last 8 pages - it's an excerpt of The Exile - complete with color photos. It's stunning - and it's all about Outlander so you won't see any spoilers (just don't look at anything other than the color excerpt at the end of the book!)

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  8. Please tell me that the second part of Outlander will also be a GN. I need it for my dream book.

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  9. With or without the "steamy" details, this is one of my favorite parts of the book. When she came back to the cottage and found him with tear tracks on his face. Breaks my heart to think of him crying there alone in his grief. And then the next day as they're riding off, he tells her how he had prayed not that she would stay, but that he would have the strength to let her go. It was at that point in my first read that I 100% committed to Jamie and Claire being together for life. Until then I was still trying to figure out how Claire could get back to Frank. I know...how silly. I was a newby. That's my excuse.

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  10. OK, so here's a question I've always wondered, speaking of this whole scene:

    When Claire told Jamie that she was from the past, he said he believed her (but that it would have been easier had she been a witch).

    Did he?

    He certainly acts like he didn't believe her once they get to the stones--he's sort of harsh with Claire and way he takes her hand and puts in on the stones and all--but part of me wonders whether that "brusque-ness" was more about him steeling himself to give her up and let her go. Also, after that, he doesn't EXACTLY say that he didn't believe Claire--I think the passage is something like: Claire says, "You didn't believe me--but it's true," and Jamie says, "Aye, it's true."

    So...d'ye think he believed her at all from the get-go?

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  11. Tracey, I want to think Jamie did believe Claire. After all, they agreed to maybe keep secrets from each other, but "no lies". He's a man of honor - he would expect the same of her. He couldn't understand it, but had to believe it. "Faith", aye?

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  12. I've often wondered the same thing, Tracey. I think he must have thought her a little mad, and I take his gruff manner as a defense mechanism to help push her away. You just CAN'T believe that story, no matter how much faith you have. You have a hard enough time believing it when it's you who went through time.

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  13. Stephlav,
    I love this part too; I remember vividly the first time I read it. I was reading on my lunch break at work and hated to come back to reality! One of my co-workers who called me to ask a question prefaced it by saying, "I knew you were reading and hated to disturb you," and I answered, "It's OK, she made the right decision!" I was on board with Jamie and Claire from their wedding night...

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  14. I think Jamie believes Claire is telling the truth. I think he doesn't know what to do with what she's telling him - and doesn't know how much of it is true - but he believes that she believes what she is saying is true. That's why he takes her straight to the stones - to clear it all up pronto.

    One interesting note: When I first read it, I kindof thought Jamie was a bit miffed when he held Claire's hand on the stone. When I listened, I didn't get that feeling at all. Just felt like he was very determined yet apprehensive about the whole thing.

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