Let’s Read A Book…..or 2 Week 4 Chapters 17-24

Screen Shot 2015-06-18 at 10.28.34 PMWhew!! We have triumphantly survived another week.  #withoutlander will NOT get us down! It’s been great reading knowing you all are reading with me! Everything seems new again, re-reading after the show, reading for more than just content, reading with Sam’s and Cait’s and Grant’s and Stephen’s and Duncan’s and Finn’s and Graham’s and Lotte’s and Annette’s and Gary’s and Aislin’s and Roderick’s and Gillebride’s and Simon’s, as well as James’ and Tracey’s faces in their respective roles.  Oooo and cute little Rory. (I’m sticking to the timeline, yes, there are lots more faces, yes, there are too many “ands” AND yes, it was supposed to be funny!) Then there are the not so popular, but still have faces in Tobias and Nell. What a treat to have a visual! Now, this is not a place to grumble about the book vs the show. It’s a place to celebrate all that is becoming Outlander.  To me, since it’s MY blog, it’s a joyful thing to get to have visual along with the written word.  Anywhooo…….

I’ve another couple of guest researchers this week.  I’d like to thank The Amazing Simi, @Caraidmochara1, and @mrhague. They were voluntold to do research on The Tolbooth and The Watch, respectively.  Some great stuff!!

There are a lot more delving questions I had this week when reading this assignment.  So let’s get to it!  Check out the questions with the *** as discussion fodder!!

Gaberlunzies-When I first looked this up, it said “the plural of gaberlunzie”  Soooooo helpful!!  NOT, but digging around found that it was an English version of Gaelic, gabair talker and lunndair idler.  Hmmmmm, so the tokens were named after an idle talker.  Here’s the official link:  https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/gaberlunzie#English

And I know we are discussing the book and only the book, but with the lovely visuals that we get with the show, I had to include Terry’s costume of our beloved Munro.  http://www.terrydresbach.com/this-costume-gets-a-dedicated-post/

Then there was an interesting link, a ravelry link, to an Outlandian who knits clothing items inspired by the show.  I looked for her on Twitter, but alas, (a lass??) no luck.  So, maybe she isn’t a Twitter user, and if you know her via facebook, please let her know she has been appreciated by our bookclub!!  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gaberlunzies-outlander-inspired

One other gaberlunzie link that I found interesting is the reproduction of a book from the 1800’s.  The Gaberlunzies Wallet
https://books.google.com/books?id=bSlAAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA5&lpg=PA5&dq=gaberlunzies+wallet&source=bl&ots=Id6sL3Zrep&sig=1otIi6E2RcPgsD27HorTpZ38bI4&hl=en&sa=X&ei=vUiNVaTCMMjvtQWp4LfADQ&ved=0CC0Q6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=gaberlunzies%20wallet&f=false  One of these days, I might, maybe, give it a read!!

***The next thing I had a question over and hopefully it will be a topic for discussion on Sunday, is the Scottish faerie tales.  There is a HUGE Scottish influence in America.  Where is our waterhorse story? Our standing stones? Our Old Ones?

Wish I had time this week to look up and post pictures of the weaponry.  I’m sure it will come up again, but the Grant battle used a lot of descriptions of Jamie’s weapons.  I think I will take that on another week, but if someone is interested, let me know and I will graciously concede the project to you!!

Then there is Ned’s tooth.  He was smart enough to tuck it under his tongue and Claire popped it back in.  Will that really work??  https://www.aae.org/patients/symptoms/knocked-out-teeth.aspx  You read and you find out!!

Here come some questions to discuss on Sunday.  There are quite a few that struck me as important in this reading.

***Claire is now BJR’s prisoner at the Garrison.  She regrets having made him laugh.  Why?  And just doesn’t have to be quotes from the book!!

This brings up the infamous prison, The Tolbooth.  Simi found some great information!

Tolbooth Prison Cell

This is the Heart of Midlothian where the prison actually stood

Date markers on the prison.

Tolbooth Edinburgh Prison

Tolbooth prison is located on High St. in Edinburgh, Scotland . Originally it was designed to collect tolls. Some of it’s other uses were a trade market, Town Council chamber, and a court house. In its 400 year history, no exact date is known of its construction. But traces of the building remain buried under the Royal Mile and date back to 1386. Tolbooth has a terrifying & infamous reputation for its barbaric conditions & inhumane treatment of its prisoners. By 1640 it was Edinburgh’s main jail. In 1817, Old Tolbooth was demolished & then reconstructed.

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 2.42.10 PM***The Fight to End All Fights  What is your take on it? Sure, J was angry at C’s disobedience but what do you think the fight was REALLY about??

***FORGIVEN is sometimes the most difficult word to use OR accept.  Some thought?

***Spare the rod, spoil the child; time-out; swats at schools; cutting your own switch…… Now sing with me, “One of these things is not like the other, One of these things just doesn’t belong”…….Think 1945, then fast forward to 1993.  That was the last time I had to witness corporal punishment in the principal’s office.  Was the ‘punishment’ Jamie meted out to Claire THAT far away from 1945? Connect these facts to your experience and Jamie’s perspective and his accounts of justice.

***Claire is beginning to acknowledge her feelings for Jamie, perfidious black guard that he is. ;0)

Using this Vin Diagram, compare Frank to Jamie.  The center is what they share, if you are older than a Vin Diagram.

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 2.58.38 PM                                              Jamie’s Traits                    Shared Traits           Frank’s Traits

***What is your favorite quote from Chapter 22?  There are so many good ones.

***Laoghaire—Our faaaaaaaaavorite…………….girl to hate, that is! Do you think that a 16 year old brain is mis-wired to think that a boy who was nice to her is the love of her life? Just think of all those psycho movies they’ve made millions of $$$$$ on through the years!!  Alysha Silverstone and Kate Winslet really were awful teen crushers.  So does poor Laoghaire even have a chance?? I think there will be tons of hate for the girl.  Mrs. Fitz doesn’t think anything of her crush on him.

Well, I have to go.  I didn’t quite get all of the assignment blogged about and apologize to Monica for not getting her information on The Watch into this blog.  I will include in the next blog.  I really do have to go.  DH has got a tow rope out and I feel the pull!!


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