Written by: Anne K. Hawkinson
Who is the man with the port wine stain on his hand? He knows something of the way carriages are constructed as he removes the pin from the wheel of Jared’s carriage, ensuring its breakdown later in the day. How does he gain access to the carriage so easily, without suspicion or questioning from anyone? Is he one of Jared’s “trusted” servants? I wouldn’t think just anyone could walk up to a carriage and start tinkering with its wheel without drawing unwanted attention. He uses a tool to remove the pin, so some amount of planning must have gone into the plan to disable the carriage – he wasn’t merely strolling by and decided to tamper with it. He must have known who the carriage belonged to, and who it would be transporting. It’s all part of a plan. Whose plan?
When the carriage breaks down in front of the hospital, Murtagh sends Fergus home to warn Jamie that they will be late in arriving for the dinner party. Then he, Claire, and Mary set off on foot for home. At this point, I wondered about carriages for hire – was that not an option available to them? Was there no one else they knew (between the hospital and home) who could loan them one or give them a ride? It appeared to be a significant distance – it looks to be late afternoon when they leave the hospital, and when they finally arrive home, it is after eight o’clock. But, I digress. If there was a carriage available, then no attack could ensue.
Who is the man with the port wine stain, and who is he working for? Will Claire see the mark again and make the connection?