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Subject: Official PBS Outlander Book Club***Questions up for chapters 26-33**
Date Posted: 2/20/2008 11:27 PM ET
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 Part 5-- Outlander

Chapters 26-33 (pages 567-672 PB & pages 417-496 HC)

1. While discussing Geillis' crimes and Claire's past, Jamie defines being a good husband as having money, a good position, and not beating his wife (in reference to Arthur Duncan). Does Jamie qualify as a good husband at this point?

2. First Impressions of Lallybroch?

3. What is your reaction to Jamie and Jenny's relationship?

4. What is your Impression of Ian?

5. This is our first real "domestic" glance at Jamie and Claire. What is your feeling about their
relationship at this point?

6. How do you feel about Grannie MacNab and the incident at the millpond?

7. We find out a alot about Jamies' s childhood at this point in the story. How do you think his
childhood experiences made him the man he is now....?

8. On Quarter Day, does Jamie seem like the one who is in charge or does Jenny?

9. After Jenny's baby is born, Jamie says to Claire that its just as well that she's barren because
he could not stand Claire's pain. Do you think he really means it?

10. When Jamie is taken by the watch, how does Jenny show her true character? Should she have
stayed with her newborn?


Wrap-up of Parts One Through Five- Outlander

1. What is the best plot development of the book so far?

2. Who is the most intriguing minor character so far?(i.e. - Ned Gowan, Mrs.

3. Who is the most intriguing major character so far? (i.e. - Geillis,
Dougal, Colum, Black Jack, Jenny, Ian, etc.)

4. What is the best scene of the book so far?

5. Were there any parts of the plot that you did not like?

6. Were there any characters that you would just as soon not have met?

7. If you could have frozen Jamie and Claire at any moment in time of the
story, what would it have been?

8. What element of the story so far did you find the most surprising?

A list of our group so far.....

Adrienne F. - FortunesOne                                     Kelly H. - aggiegal                                   

 Aimee B. - AimeeB                                                  Keri W. - JaneAustenFan

Amanda B. - RockStarGirl                                       Kristen S. - ChicagoCubs

Dawn M. - psychobabbler                                        Layne L. - Layne

Diana A. - Madikiks                                                   Lesley H. - LesleyH

Emily S. - sunnysmileqt                                           Leticia A. - bookcraze

Genie T. - answerquest                                            Lindsey F. - Lin11879

Heather K. - pglt1177                                               Lisa R. - LisaRx

Heather C. - hnchambers                                       Mary S. - MaryMary                                

 Jenny R. - jennala9                                                Melissa M. - sassenach                                     

 Judy B. - heyjude54321                                          Rebecca H. - MaskedPenguinAvenger

Julie W. - drewsmom                                              Sheena C. - dazeerae 

Penny S. (Pennygale)                                               Trish C. - mystiqal

Sandra E. (Piper)                                                       Amanda H. - mandibear25

                                                                                       Brenda B. - readerholic

Dory G. - dory                                                              Lynn D. (bears1)

April B. (Bloomer)                                                      Joanna H. (joannainca)

Tracey B. - MsScarlett                                                Beverly D. - Brezybev       

Rosemary K. - boyzmom                                         Andrea B. (mintyfreshkittn

Carol G. (Tata)                                                              Kay C. - kayc    

Carrie J. - paintedlady



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Hi everyone!

If you have not been getting group PMs from me, please let me know!


New Members:

Andrea B. (mintyfreshkittn)

Carol G. (Tata)


 For this week - Chapters 11-16




ON THE ROAD Chapters 11-16

Pages 203-315 PB, Pages 147-230 HC

Study Questions...

Chapter 11 "Conversations with a Lawyer"

1. What are your impressions of Colum? Dougal? Ned Gowan?

2. How do you feel about how Dougal uses Jamie for the Stuart cause?

Chapter 12 "The Garrison Commander"

3. What is your perception of Claire and Jamie's changing relationship? (He sleeps outside her
door for protection...)

4. How has Claire changed between her first and second encounter with Black Jack Randall (at
Fort William)?

Chapter 13 "A Marriage Is Announced"

5. How did you feel when first learning Claire and Jamie were to be married?

6. What is the significance of the Pictish cross being mentioned again?

(P.240 PB - Dougal stops at the crossroads with the Pictish cross and asks Claire if she is a spy and if so for whom.)

7. How did the description of Jamie's flogging affect you?

Chapter 14 "A Marriage Takes Place"

8. What was the best aspect of Claire and Jamie's wedding? The most romantic? The most

Chapter 15 "Revelations of the Bridal Chamber"

9. In what ways were both Jamie and Claire vulnerable on their wedding night?

10. How do you feel about the issue of honesty (and Claire's hesitancy)?

Chapter 16 "One Fine Day"

11. What is significant about Jamie catching the fish for Claire? 



Here are the discussion questions for Chapters 6 - 10




Castle Leoch Chapters 6-10 

Pages 103-199 PB, Pages
76-144 HC

Chapter Six - Colum's Hall

1) Why do you think Jamie took the beating for Loaghaire? Did you think it was honorable or

2) Claire seems to have little difficulty "adapting" to castle life in the 18th century. Why do you
think this is? What would you find most difficult about adapting?

Chapter Seven - Davie Beaton's Closet

1) Who do you think hit Jamie on the head with an axe?

2) Why do you think it was so important to Claire to have a "useful" occupation?

Chapter Eight - An Evening's Entertainment

1) Do you think the "folk-tales" that Gwyllyn tells are all based on actual time travel through the

2) Claire teases Jamie about kissing Loaghaire in the alcove. Do you think her teasing is based
on her growing feelings for him, or is she actually as "disinterested" as she appears?

3) What impressions did you get about Jamie's parents and background based on what he told
Claire? Why do you think he told her about his past?

Chapter Nine - The Gathering

1) Why do you think Geillie tells Claire that young Hamish is rumored to be Jamie's son? Who
did you think was really Hamish's father?

2) What impressions did you get about Geillie's background?

3) After Jamie and Claire "rescue" the tanner's lad from the pillory, Jamie calls Claire "Mistress
Sassenach". How do you think Claire feels about the nickname?

Chapter Ten - The Oath Taking

1) Why do you think Jamie decided not to give Colum his oath? What do you think Claire
thought when he didn't?

2) Why do you think Dougal kissed Claire?

3) When you read that Claire thought she could get back "home" from Ft. William, were you
hoping she would succeed or fail? (your _first_ impression, please!!)

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And another just in case ; )

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 1:23 PM ET
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I think I will like this book from what I have read so far!

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 1:26 PM ET
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It's a wonderful book.  I love to see so many new people interested in it!  It has been about 2 1/2 years since I've read Outlander, but that was probably my 6th or 7th time reading it!  I always re-read the entire series each time a new book comes out.

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Aimee, Thanks for getting this going!

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 8:15 PM ET
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Aimee, I've got you buddied!  I will pull out my tattered copy and restart it!!!

Date Posted: 2/22/2008 9:06 AM ET
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I finished what I was reading last night so I'll be starting this tonight!!  I'm really looking forward to it.

Date Posted: 2/22/2008 12:31 PM ET
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Hey Aimee, just wanted to ask you if you would consider keeping a running list of those here, maybe in your OP, who will be joining us, so I can tag my BL as such?  :)

Thank you!  Holy moly it's a big group!!

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For those of you who I didn't have on my buddy list, I've sent a request, so pretty please accept so I can tag you.  Thanks

Date Posted: 2/22/2008 8:34 PM ET
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It works out perfectly that the first 5 chapters are part 1.  Did you plan it that way?  It's only 100 pgs too (in my copy) which isn't bad.

Date Posted: 2/22/2008 11:10 PM ET
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I didn't plan it that way, I think Julie was the one that said she could get up to 5 chapters done in a week, so it worked out great!

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 9:36 AM ET
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Wow, what a big group!  I love it.  I think 5 chapters at a time is perfect.  Can't wait!

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 10:38 AM ET
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I didn't plan anything, (read:  I put no thought into it LOL).  I just glanced at it and figured, with everything else I've got going on right now that I could reasonable do 5 chapters a week, and for some reason, that number stuck. 

*shrug*  :>)

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 9:19 AM ET
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OMGoodness, our group is huge.  Way to go Aimee!

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 2:53 PM ET
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Thanks Julie but all I did was throw out an idea! I had NO idea it would take off like this! Thank You everyone for joining=)

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Add me to the list!  yippee!!!

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 12:25 AM ET
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5 chapters does seem to be perfect, as I seem to be only able to read in the potty this week!  LOL

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 12:27 PM ET
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I would love to join in, not sure if I can do five chapters by wednesday but I will definitely catch up later!

Thank you, this is a great idea

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I am already ahead on chapter 11. Can't stop once I start. =p I will not be able to make it on Wed. at the official time but I will probably post when I get home. I wanted to go ahead and post my schedule...

I can be here anytime on: Fri, Sat, Sun, Tues

I can be her later (like 9EST) on: Mon, Wed, Thurs

I will wait until later to see what happens. I don't think we are going to be able to fit everyone in. It is ok with me to read the comments and post later. I don't think it has to be a "live" thing. Maybe the questions can be posted early in the morning and the discussions can begin at any time after that during the day. Then people who can make the "official meeting" later can come around 7 or 8. Just my thoughts. (=

Date Posted: 2/27/2008 12:05 AM ET
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I'll definitely be at least lurking!  I first read Outlander when it first came out, before any of the others had been written, and have been an avid follower of the series ever since.  But nobody else I knew was reading it so I didn't get to hear about their thoughts on the way through!

I downloaded the audio recently for a reread and I'm about 3/4 of the way through, so it's pretty fresh in my mind.  :D

Date Posted: 2/27/2008 6:56 PM ET
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I'm here! Pop on in!

Date Posted: 2/27/2008 6:57 PM ET
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I'm here, but did I totally miss the questions?

Date Posted: 2/27/2008 6:58 PM ET
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The questions are on the first post, Julie.

Date Posted: 2/27/2008 6:59 PM ET
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I wonder if this would be easier in a chatroom format of some type.