Written by: Anne Hawkinson
Murtagh is a man who makes you feel safe, no matter the circumstance. He stands quietly (for the most part) in the background, surveying the situation, alert to any potential danger. He’s got your back, no matter what. He’s loyal to the end – underneath that scowl and tough exterior is a tender heart of pure gold. His dedication to Jamie is unwavering, so when things start to go wrong for Murtagh, my heart goes out to him.
I felt like Murtagh was on solid ground again – then the second shoe dropped. Jamie challenged Jack Randall to a duel, and Murtagh will be his second. Of course he will. It would be unfathomable to think of anyone else having Jamie’s back in a duel. They discuss the details – Murtagh will work them out with Jack’s second. Of course, Jack will have his choice of weapons, since he’s been challenged. Will he choose pistols? Jamie thinks not. Too quick, and too far away. Jack will want to look Jamie in the eye. Then it will probably be blades. Murtagh reminds Jamie that Jack is probably no slouch with a blade, since he is Captain of His Majesty’s Eighth Dragoons. Jamie is exercising his injured hand when Claire enters and announces to them that there will be no duel.
Was Murtagh justified in his frustration? Was Jamie’s response to Murtagh at the warehouse fair?