Voyager Week 2
From One Prison to Another
In this week 2 installment of the Voyager read-along (chapters 4-6), Jamie Fraser makes the decision to go from one prison to another. The highlands have been ravaged post Culloden just as Claire had said. British Redcoats patrol the area burning cottages, seizing property, taking the men who are believed to be Jacobite sympathizers, and generally harassing the starving Highlanders. Lallybroch, the tenants, and his own family continue to be at risk, as we find Ian Murray away to Inverness from being arrested for the fourth time as a suspect and Jamie living in a cave as The Dunbonnet.
These chapters (and one extreme error on his part) lead us and Jamie toward the inevitable choice he must make. He’s a man weary, but not beaten. For all he believes in, he does the best and right thing for all involved. This is why he is the King of Men.
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2 thoughts on “From One Prison To Another – Voyager Week 2”
I had the same reaction when Jamie used his pistol to deal with the ravens. Each time I read that section I say to myself “Jamie would never do that, he is too careful to make such a bonehead mistake in judgement.”. I think it was a poor plot device to get the redcoats to show up and out of character for Jamie. Glad you made the point about this being part of the first three book contract Diana got. Outlander was a “practice” novel which she never thought would be published, never mind get a 3 book deal out of it. I think she did some experimentation with Dragonfly in Amber that made it difficult to read and adapt. Lots of good stuff in it, but not my favorite. Voyager has much better flow and is a fan favorite because after the immense loss and sadness in DIA Jamie and Claire reunite to face life challenges together forever. I don’t know how Ron Moore is going to deal with the whole Laoghaire affair to make that believable. Can’t leave it out, too many important plot threads come from that mistake, Yes, Jamie is not perfect and Jenny always thinks she knows bests and although well intentioned, she interferes in people’s lives and makes things worse. Not one of her best traits.
As far as living in a cave for 7 years – I could never do it. Deprivation for that long a time would change anyone and there is more to come for Jamie. I am eager to see how Sam and Cait portray the different people they have become in those 20 years of separation. I have tremendous faith that they will continue to amaze us with their wonderful and caring portrayals of Jamie and Claire.
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