Outlander Read Along: Chapters 1–7 Answers

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Week one is done!! And it has started out so great! I’ve loved hearing everyone’s thoughts on twitter (use hashtag #OutlanderRA so we can all see!).

So here are my answers!!

1. Outlander is a well-known book. Before you cracked it open, what were your expectations or assumptions about this story? Or did you jump into it with a blank slate?

Even though this is a reread for me, I remember when I first read it, I had NO clue what to expect! I kind of just bought it on a whim, without any expectations and when I finally sat down to read it, it was sort of with a blank slate. I think I did expect it to be more of a romance book than it actually is. I didn’t expect it to be so historical, but I ended up really enjoying that aspect of it.

2. Claire’s husband, Frank, is fascinated with learning more and more facts about his family tree, which extends back pretty far. Do you or anyone in your family keep a family tree? How many years/generations back does it go? If not, have you ever considered or attempted to create one?

I don’t think anyone in my family is keeping one and if they are, they haven’t told me about it, lol. I actually tried to create one of ancestry.com but could only get so far on the free version, which I think was maybe up to my grandparents. Womp womp. lol I may try again, but I don’t know. It’s a little difficult for me since my family comes from Mexico, so there really isn’t many records here in the US that would help me.

3. How did you find Claire’s initial conclusion as to her surroundings after waking up from going through the stones? Did you think that was a reasonable conclusion?

I thought it was the most reasonable conclusion she could come aside from her thinking she was dreaming. I think I probably would have come to the same conclusion, actually.

4. How about her composed, rational way of dealing with the fact she’s traveled back in time. Did you find it believable? Do you think you would have acted the same way?

For Claire, I thought it made sense. She’s very analytical and has been trained in combat, so she is used to thinking on her feet and making quick decisions. I think her one break down, in private with Jamie, was enough and believable. I probably would have been crying the whole time and gotten thrown into some dungeon for the crazies. lol

5. At this point in the story, what are your feelings or expectations on Claire and Jamie? Is Frank still a factor for you?

In all honesty, Frank was still in the back of my mind, but that didn’t stop me from wanting Claire and Jamie to get together, right off the bat! I was just SO intrigued by this young Scottish lad! But I remember thinking that Claire didn’t seem all that interested in him…or that maybe she was not letting herself acknowledge her attraction to Jamie because of Frank. But I really wanted her to. :) I know, BAD JESS! :D I don’t care!

Bonus Question: Frank encounters a man outside of the inn where he and Claire are staying. He is afraid it might have been a ghost. What do you believe it was? Do you have any predictions or suspicions on what that was about?

Right when it happened, I didn’t think much about it….but once we meet Jamie, I was like “Wait, was he….?” So I don’t know, even now. But I suspect it is. <—Most nonsensical answer ever. Haha!

Now go on over to Stalking the Bookshelves to get the questions for chapters 8-14!!


Jess @ Gone with the Words

20 Responses to “Outlander Read Along: Chapters 1–7 Answers”

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    Amy @ bookgoonie

    I like how practical Claire is. I’m kind of that way. It makes her in this situation & reaction to it more believable. I forgot about the breakdown. Very appropriate once she got to the safety of the castle.


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    Lol…I said I’d probably get thrown in the dungeon too! And, yes, Frank was pretty much a non-factor for me once Jamie enters the picture. He just…isn’t Jamie. :)

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    Asheley Tart

    You know, I once Jamie – poor wounded Jamie – came into the picture, I was all about some Jamie. AND I STILL AM. And yet I know this gal is married and has a husband pining away 200 years in the future for her. I keep thinking how awful I am for wanting this romance to progress. BUT I DO, doggone it. So slap my hands. And kiss the girl!

    Also, it’s funny you mention about Claire being trained in war combat – in my answer for this I mention that I am NOT composed and rational, except when I’m working as a nurse. Which is basically the same as Claire, I’m thinking. I guess that training is the same. I wasn’t trained in war combat, but I can be composed and rational under those circumstances too. Otherwise, I live like a basketcase 24/7. It’s who I am! I just think it funny that you mention that and I sort of did in a roundabout way too.

    Also, in the first few pages, I was bored. I was scared I wouldn’t like it and that I’d let YOU down because you love these books so much. But by the time they got to the castle, I was all up in this business. LOVE. It was hard to stop reading but I don’t want to read too far ahead.

    Great, great questions Jess! Thanks for being the hostess in the first week. You’re a rockstar!

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      Kristilyn Robertson

      It was slightly difficult to get into … even the second time around. Though, I like how it didn’t immediately dive into the time traveling bits, but had a 50-page build up. It was nice to see Frank and Claire’s relationship to see that they actually had one, that there actually IS a husband 200 years in the future.

      I’m a Jamie lover, too … I get Claire and Frank are in love, but they’ve ONLY been together for 6 months! And Jamie’s AMAZING!

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    Literary Darling

    It’s funny how we are all about some Jamie! I’m still mad at Frank though for suggesting that she cheated on him while they were separated!! JERK. It made me wonder though….did he cheat on her? Probably. MEN!!

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      Kristilyn Robertson

      I know! Just as Claire was saying after he asked her about cheating … how 6 months IS a long time, and was Frank cheating? Who knows!

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    Jacinda @ Reading Housewives

    I haven’t tried whatsoever to find info on my family…my dad has though. I should probably ask him what he has found. You have inspired me!

    I would have been a blubbering mess…

    I didn’t think Claire had that much of an attraction to Jamie at first either…but I kept reading. It wasn’t love at first sight, that’s for sure!

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      Kristilyn Robertson

      You know, I was thinking about that as I was reading and I’m glad it wasn’t love at first sight! Finally! It seems like that’s so rare in novels these days …

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    Book Nympho

    I’ve been happily surprised at how historical it is. Diana Gabaldon must have done a ton of research! I thought it was going to be really cheesy and romantic, but it’s interesting and I’m learning a lot. I like that Claire hasn’t thrown herself at anyone or repeatedly admired Jaime’s muscles, for example. :-)

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      Actually, I am not sure that she had researched the post-war austerity very well at all. Food rationing continued into the 1950s for some foods and I thought it was odd that the landlady had a car: very few working class people had cars at that time. Also, the suggestion that the locals had waited to sacrifice a chicken made no sense at all, as they would have been raising them throughout the war as a way to supplement their egg rations and it sounded like they only needed the blood, so the chicken itself would have been eaten afterward.

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    Jamie *sigh* he is just a rock star!

    Claire is one of the most adaptable people I have read. Even further down the line in the next books she just seems to take what is thrown at her with an attitude of “making the most of it”. I think that is why I love her character. I want her to be happy, fullfilled, and loved for the woman she is and not what someone wants her to be. I think it is why I love Jamie as he does from very early on seem to accept her for what she is!

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    Heather@ The Flyleaf Review

    I have a pretty well documented family tree, thanks to my dad on his side and some industrious relatives on my mom’s side. I love genealogy and I would kill to be able to go overseas and track down some distant cousins like my dad has done! I hope you are able to trace back your family history more one day. Mexico is not so far away, it would be cool to travel down there and poke around a bit:)

    I thought the exact some thing as you in regards to Claire remaining level headed because of her work as a field nurse during the war. If it was ME in that situation, I would have completely melted down!

    I have read ahead a bit (I stopped at Ch. 17) but I am loving this books so much (and I was SO anxious to get to the good parts) that I just couldn’t stop at Ch. 8:)

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      Kristilyn Robertson

      I’ve read it before, so I’m trying to be very diligent about reading the allotted chapters each week … though my problem is making sure I read them on time! I tend to wait until the last possible moment …

      Though, when I read this the first time I read it VERY quickly … I was surprised at how much I loved it!

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    I don’t think Claire had any combat training as such: she will have had nursing training and then been sent into combat zones to treat the wounded. I agree that her familiarity with combat will have made her mentally tough, as will simply living through the war. Dealing with the air raids and their aftermath was enough to toughen up even the frailest personality.

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    Jess @ Tangled Up in Blue

    Jess, thanks for the questions–they were interesting and a lot of fun to answer!

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    Carrie Knudson

    Thanks for letting me harrass you on Twitter about the kissing. lol As a married woman, I should not have been wanting kissing between Claire and Jamie but I just can’t help it. As for the stranger thing, I feel blonde. I didn’t have a clue and seeing everyone say Jamie now I’m like doh! Great questions to start us off with. Thanks!

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    Kristilyn Robertson

    They’d probably throw me in with the crazies, too!! I’d be a wreck if what happened to Claire happened to me. And don’t feel bad about your thoughts on Frank … I remember when I read this the first time I was rooting for Claire and Jamie from the first time I read about him!

    I do love that Claire was a nurse, so she knows how to handle those gory kind of medical situations. I thought she fit in quite well for being so out of time!

    Great questions!

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    dixie @ gonepecan

    i love how (and i’m probably going too far ahead, i think you know i read a few more chapters) Jamie seemed so innocent. i was not expecting it at all. i was happily surprised by it.

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    Logan (LoganETurner.com)

    I love those moments when we see Claire vulnerable. It’s a nice reminder that she doesn’t always have it all together and makes her so much more real. Great questions! It’s funny how few of us care about our ancestry. :)

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    Here I am FINALLY getting to read everyone else’s thoughts on week 1! I was particularly interested to hear what you had to say since you’ve read it before, and I think you have a bit more insight into the story and characters than I might at this point in time. I think you made an excellent point that because of the life Claire’s been living with the war, she has a different mentality and thinking process than one of us would have today. This does make her more accepting of crazy circumstances, and more able to deal with the unexpected. The adultery think may make me uncomfortable, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting Claire and Jamie to get together either. :P

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