“But He Was Supposed To Die” Voyager Read-Along Week 1

Voyager read-a-long 

But He was Supposed to Die

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Welcome to week 1 of the 26 part read-along podcast series of Voyager, the third (and most highly favored) book in the Outlander series, by Diana Gabaldon. Chapters 1-3 are included in this foundational episode, “But He was Supposed to Die”.

Jamie unhappily wakes to find himself not dead on Culloden Moor. Roger MacKenzie Wakefield believes he has found Jamie alive after the fated battle on Culloden Moor. Brianna is ready to learn more about her biological father after the shock and acknowledgement of Gillian Edgars going through the stones. And Claire…well she is understandably shocked, unbelieving it could be true after all this time thinking him dead, but, she agrees to more research into the possibility.

At the end of the read-along portion of the podcast, the weekly Outlander Science Club segment is waiting for listening and participation. OSC is brought to you by Karen Daugherty, the Sassenach Doctor, and me. The topics for #OutlanderSciClub are mid-20th century child rearing, breastfeeding practices, and Claire’s high-risk pregnancy designation upon return to the 1940’s.


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9 thoughts on ““But He Was Supposed To Die” Voyager Read-Along Week 1

  1. Frances Yancey says:

    Thoroughly enjoyable. It is interesting listening to the book being discussed in this fashion. When I write it flows and I have to wait and go back in order to make sure that the necessary foreshadowing is in place and to minutely look at the words to ensure my thoughts are expressed coherently. A few points stood out in my mind as another way to edit.

    I am a retired RN and enjoyed the scientific discussion. I have to disagree with whether or not Claire would have told her doctor about Faith. This baby is her only link to Jamie and I think she would have done everything to have the pregnancy end with a viable baby. I seem to recall having a speculum exam at some time in my pregnancy. I would think the doctor would be most thorough, given her state of health. I am sure that many doctors of that time had ‘first time’ mothers who had already delivered.


    • Well she may have told the doctor in Boston where they move to but I don’t know if should’ve told the initial doctor in Inverness. Did she even told Frank she had been pregnant before? We don’t know that. If she didn’t speak up, unless a speculum exam was done, they would have no idea. We don’t know either one of us could be right.


  2. Or I think I didn’t understand what you meant until after I replied. You think she absolutely would have disclosed her prior pregnancy to help salvage this one? Well since not a generally recurring phenomenon nor preventable, not sure how it would help treat this pregnancy to a better result. Xoxo


  3. Thank you for your pod cast! I thoroughly enjoyed it and your insight! I am a retired nurse and I think Claire would have told her OBGYN in Boston that she had had a previous pregnancy if only to give an accurate history and also to assure herself that she and the baby would be safely cared for. Claire almost died from her first pregnancy and she expressed her fear of not surviving childbirth on several occasions. I breast fed my three babies and always had them in bed with me for their first year! That was before attachment parenting! Sad to see new moms today to be discouraged to breastfeed their babes in bed with them and the tension it sometimes brings between couples! I hear so many pregnant couples swear their babes will never be allowed into the marriage bed. I just have to shake my head and chuckle! Reality hits and when a new mom has to go back to work, sometimes the only way she and her babe get any sleep is to share the bed!


    • Thank you for listening and your comments. Claire very well could’ve told her doc about Faith. It’s an unknown to be sure. Her fear of birth was well founded with her personal experience. Grief and anguish had to do with that too. Being heartbroken going into birth is a tough place to be. Poor sweetie. Great thoughts on your part!


  4. I agree with Francis and Kathy. I think Claire told Frank EVERYTHING, including the circumstances of Faith’s still birth and I also believe that once they relocated in Boston and she saw an OB-GYN that she would have given a complete history to safeguard this child which is all she has left of Jamie. Doing so would also cause the doctors to advise no sexual activity and thus remove that possibility from Frank and Claire’s minds, giving them time to reconnect in other ways. No doubt that the doctors who attended her in Inverness were more concerned with her mental health but she was only under their care for a short time before leaving Scotland.

    I enjoyed the discussion about child care and breastfeeding, My sister is a retire obstetrical nurse and she was one of the pioneers advocating Lamaze natural childbirth and was a lactation consultant and trained others for about 25 years for UCLA. Both my children were born by C-Section in 1983 and 1985. I nursed my daughter until she was 2 years old, right up to the time I conceived my son. He weaned himself as soon as he started walking at 8 1/2 months which broke my heart. Sometimes I nursed them in my bed but often in my LaZBoy rocker in the quiet of the night. These are amongst my most precious memories. My daughter was in our bed for the first 2 weeks and then besides me in a cradle for 3 months and then in her crib in our bedroom until she was 18 months old. I fed my children on demand and had them in a Snugglie strapped to my chest while I went about my business. My son was born after we moved to Michigan into our first house and he was in a cradle in our room for a much shorter time as he sleep through the night early. He was an early walker and had too much to explore to be strapped to Mama all day. I can not tell you how many strange looks I got because I was nursing a toddler. My sister would have be come to her classes to demonstrate nursing at the different ages. I also got looks and comments when I nursed in public, even though I tried to be as discrete as possible. I just thumbed my nose at the nay sayers and had two beautiful, robust healthy children who felt loved and safe.


    • Ah yes I’m glad you’re sharing your stories! You were educating those around you without even having to try.
      Good thoughts on reasoning behind Claire’s probable disclosure.


  5. Karen says:

    I absolutely agree. Being a nurse myself, I’m positive Claire knew how important being honest with her doctor would have been. Also she was underweight early on and being depressed she may never have caught up. Speculation but just my gut feeling.


  6. Anne Moncanin says:

    Are there any tips for helping my blind friend to hear these? if so HOW?
    She is not very computer enlightened but here is her contact information.


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