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Outlander Chapter 17

By Diana Gabaldon

Chapter 17

We Meet a Beggar

  • Jamie and Claire go for another walk… this one is interrupted by an arrow which almost spears Claire's face. Ouch.
  • It turns out to be a friendly signal from Jamie's friend Hugh Munro. Um, we'd prefer a text message.
  • He, too, brings Jamie and Claire gifts: ale, a dead rabbit, and gory tales of all the ways he has been injured and deformed over the years. 
  • Most of the tales actually come from Jamie, though, because one of Hugh's deformities is that his tongue was cut out. 
  • When they return to the inn, Dougal is back.
  • Claire and Jamie hole up in their room and, um, warm the place up a bit. Without needing a fire.
  • Jamie asks Claire, "Does it ever stop, Claire? The wanting?" (17.158), and she says, "I don't know, Jamie. I really don't" (17.159).