Outlander Podcast Hosts Mary & Blake give a free preview of Blake’s favorite chapter of Outlander from Blake’s Book Club: Chapter 25 – Thou Shall Not Suffer A Witch To Live.
In this episode, we chat: why Blake is feeling generous, why we need to get over the Patriots Superbowl loss, why the court room scene and Jamie rescuing Claire is great but the real meat of the chapter is the conversation between Jamie and Claire, why Claire finally makes a choice in her narrative, what it takes to have a healthy marriage, accepting your spouse’s words on faith and trust, why Blake has done stupid stuff his whole life, why Blake actually cried reading this chapter and much more.
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Blake, this was an awesome commentary on this chapter. However, the one thing I have never heard is a discussion on the different types of love. I have myself felt the “grand passion”, and that’s what I feel between J & C. Unfortunately for me, it burned out really fast, and what really gets my obsession for Outlander going is the fact theirs did not. And, like you said, it’s what keeps us coming back for more. I heard a lot of “Claire loves Frank” comments during the first two seasons, but just what kind of love did they have? Was it love for a friend or something more? I would really like to get your take on this.
Hmm…a really interesting thought. I wonder if it’s kind of like when you tell your girlfriend or boyfriend (you know, the one you had right before you get married to the person you fall madly in love with) that you love them.
There is a level of love there and it’s a legitimate feeling, but it’s just not THAT kind of love J and C share.
Does that make any sense whatsoever?
I absolutely get what you are saying. Unfortunately for me, except for that one time (when I was twenty) I have never been in love. I think that wasn’t real love anyway. Just never found me. So happy that you and Mary have found it btw. I have felt other kinds of love, though. For my family (especially my children) and my friends, so I know they are out there.
I do remember asking the question “how do you know when you’re in love” when I was a teenager. The answer, of course, was “you’ll know when it happens” but this always seemed an inadequate response especially with love having so many levels.
Thanks for this sneak peek! Loved to hear it and your review of this chapter. I agree with all your points. For me, my favourite part (and the only thing in 3 seasons I was sad didn’t make it into the adaptation) was this:
“I prayed all the way up that hill yesterday,” he said softly. “Not for you to stay; I didna think that would be right. I prayed I’d be strong enough to send ye away.” He shook his head, still gazing up the hill, a faraway look in his eyes.
“I said ‘Lord, if I’ve never had courage in my life before, let me have it now. Let me be brave enough not to fall on my knees and beg her to stay. He pulled his eyes away from the cottage and smiled briefly at me.
“Hardest thing I ever did, Sassenach.”
I enjoyed listening to your analysis of the book. It is insightful and it helps me tremendously with my own analysis of Diana Gabaldon’s style. Your podcasts with Mary about the TV show are awesome and your energy as a couple radiates to us. Broadcasting by yourself gives us yet another facet of your many talents. Both shows are different and equally valuable and enjoyable. Please keep doing them all. You convinced me to subscribe to the BBC…