Outlander Read Along: Chapters 22–28 Answers

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So..Claire tells Jamie everything. It finally happened and I was on pins and needles. All of Chpt 25 was incredibly emotional for me. I couldn’t believe he was making her go!! His pain was my pain. :( So glad Claire made the right choice.

Also! We get to meet Jenny and Ian!! I love those two. LOTS!

I’ve loved hearing everyone’s thoughts on twitter (continue to use hashtag #OutlanderRA so we can all see!). Here are my answers to Carrie’s great questions for this week!!

1. How do you feel about Claire disobeying Jamie and the resulting punishment he brings forth on her for this? Do you feel that Jamie’s punishment was justified by the fact that everyone was put in danger by Claire’s actions? Finally, did Jamie’s vow with Claire’s dagger do anything to sway your thoughts or change your mind on how you initially feel/felt about his punishment?

I will not lie to you…I thought what Claire did was so completely careless, and I had not considered the magnitude of her actions…but I was fuming when Jamie decided to punish her. I mean, sure, he warned her he would do that if she didn’t stay put, but never did I think he’d go through with it! I was so, SO angry!! It wasn’t even about Claire anymore, it was about how he had let me down. I felt betrayed by this character who had been perfect in my eyes until that moment. I swear to you, I thought I could never—NEVER—forgive him for that.

That was my knee-jerk reaction…because then it happened. After all his stories and non-frivolous vows, I finally let go of my anger and came to an uneasy peace with him. I took time to mull over EVERYTHING that was said, and I decided I understood. I understood and actually thought it had been justified and fair in that specific situation, and only in that specific situation.

2. Just for fun, what was your reaction to the suspicious black spot Claire spotted on the floor near the area where Jamie was sleeping? Did you have any theories to what it might have been before it was revealed to be a _____?

Hahahah, I thought she’d gotten her period and had stained the sheets. Obviously this was before it started moving, lol.

3. With regard to the ‘changeling’ baby Claire and Geilie spotted in the wild – if it were you back then and you happened upon a changeling baby in the wild in a circumstance such as this, do you think you’d have reacted most like Claire or Geilie? Explain.

I probably would have reacted much like Claire did. I’d want to take the baby and help it. But that’s because I hate seeing children suffer. It would have been devastating for me to leave that baby there, even after the warnings Claire received.

4. Share your thoughts on Geilie Duncan. Is there anything that surprised you about her story or were you suspicious of her from the beginning?

I was always suspicious of her, but she was a complete surprise in the end. First, I did not expect her to actually be a “witch” or a person who practiced magic! White or black or whatever. I thought the rumors were just that, rumors. Second, I DEFINITLEY didn’t expect her to be from the future! That was the crazier of the two for me.

5. Your thoughts on Jamie’s LAST REASON for wanting to marry Claire – the one he had been so secretive about. GO!

Haha! Well, first I swooned…then I cracked up…then I swooned again. I also thought about how he’d hidden those feelings for so long and so well!


Now go on over to Logan E. Turner to get the questions for chapters 29-35 and to link up this week’s answers!!

 

 

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13 Responses to “Outlander Read Along: Chapters 22–28 Answers”

  1. Jac @ For Love and Books

    I think the first question? It really shows Jamie’s naivety in how to handle situations, but likely also a product of his time and place in the world .

    In hindsight, I feel bad for Claire. I can’t imagine what life would be like being thrown into this time period with so many different rules and cultural tolerances.

    Stop by and see my answers!

  2. Lauren

    I had a similar reaction to yours about the beating scene. I also felt let down by Jamie, but I wanted Claire to take more of a responsibility for what she did – all she basically said was “glad that’s over.” Without much of an apology.

  3. Jacinda @ The Reading Housewives

    I had no idea what it was since I didn’t even seem to remember that scene with the spot, lol.

    I was clueless about Geilie…

    Jamie, such a sweetie. It’s weird that in the first question this week we hate him and by the last question we love him, haha.

  4. Heidi

    I think I felt the same way about #1 as you did. I felt like it WAS justified given the situation, even if it was tough to read, and that it would never be justified again. I also think I like that this week we saw that Jamie does have some flaws, because quite frankly I wasn’t buying his perfection, and I can’t get all gaga over a character I don’t think is realistic.

  5. Kristilyn (Reading in Winter)

    I didn’t even think of your answer for #2 … but now that you mention it, how DO they keep doing it when clearly Claire does get her monthly?

    I didn’t expect Geilie to be from the future, either! I hope they don’t burn her and we see her again!

  6. Alyssa @ Books Take You Places

    I think it helped me that he kind of put her in the same group as everyone else. I am not one to be like “It’s not okay for a man to hit a woman,” but I am defintiely like “No violence, man to woman or woman to man,” I don’ differentiate between sexes. HOWEVER I get that PEOPLE ALMOST DIED and therefore she really did need to feel humility and be taken down a peg or two. I am not saying this was the best way to do it but I understood to an extent.

    Also LOVED the end part with Jamie and LOOOVEEE Jenny and Ian!!

  7. Amy @ bookgoonie

    I guess from all the times I got spanking I was kind of numb to it. Especially when I was a freshmen in HS and I needed a good spanking, my dad said “it hurt him more” & it stuck with me to not mess up that big again…I was really ok with it. Then Jamie goes an talks about his da, I’m totally ok with it.

  8. dixie

    I think Jamie whipping her was the lesser of two evils cause she woyld have been much worse off at the hands of any of the other men. Also, Geilie….wow. I never thought she was really a witch (and obviously she’s not, but very smart) and I am very curious about her motivations. I hope we get to find more out.

  9. Heather @ The Flyleaf Review

    I COMPLETELY understand your feelings on question #1, I felt the same way. Logically I understood. And I totally get that this was standard practice at the time. But emotionally, it bothered me so very much that I really wondered if I would be able to get past it and move forward with the book. For the record, I did and I have. I still don’t like it but I’m working on it.

    And yes, I agree with your answer on Question #3, even with all the cultural differences and all, no way could I just walk away from a dying baby in the woods. I get Geilie’s argument, but I still would have reacted like Claire in the end.

    Gosh, I had no idea going in that this book would through so many controversial subjects my way! I LOVE it:)

  10. Asheley (@BookwormAsheley)

    Jess, you’re such a spitfire. I love it! Your passion about question one definitely comes through! But by the end, we’ve all fallen in love with Jamie again.

    Someone said in a previous week in one of the answers, I think, that they try not to put their own feelings or agendas or selves onto the characters – they try to let the characters try to be themselves. That has really changed the way I’ve read this week – since I read that. It helps me read situations like Jamie beating the crap out of Claire in a different way, I think. I still don’t condone it, but I just read things like that differently – just a story on a page. I’m not sure if that is right or okay or whatever, it is just how I am.

    Geilie – she may have been the biggest shocker for me out of this group of chapters. She had sort of been underneath my radar. I didn’t really love/hate her, I was just indifferent to her, which also means that I hadn’t paid too terribly much attention to her. All of these great answers are bringing out details about her that I hadn’t noticed. I hadn’t noticed that she knew so much about remedies (probably because she was from the future like Claire) and that she was always so over-the-top nice to everyone (definitely suspicious). But WOW when she was a witch? And then from the future? I couldn’t believe it!

  11. Jae

    I really hope Claire gets a chance to talk to Geilie again and get some answers. Although I think she needs to learn a lesson from that and realize that people from the future don’t do a great job of blending in and are often suspected of being witches. So Claire needs to keep a low profile if she wants to avoid further trouble.

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