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“Mark Me” (Dragonfly in Amber)

ep213-dragonfly-in-amber-cropMark me…. or, you know…. don’t….

I’d thought of posting this bit from DRAGONFLY before the TV show’s finale for season two, and warning you that the show wasn’t doing it this way, lest finding this particular bit omitted might cause some of you (you know who you are…) to become Disgruntled and thus miss the real beauty and intensity of Jamie and Claire’s farewell.

But then I decided that I shouldn’t do that; not only would it be a spoiler, it might well rile some people a priori and not only spoil the ending for them, but also cause any amount of hopping up and down and general agitation that I didn’t think would serve anyone going into what’s really a spectacular ending.

But I did want to show the original to you, both as a solace to the book-fans, and a small gift to the TV-show-only fans.

(BTW… one of the writers was chatting with me before a Writers Bloc interview in LA and said, "We’re not going to do the cutting initials, but you’ll love what we’re doing instead!" I didn’t say anything (out of shock) but the expression on my face must have given a general impression of not being proactively thrilled. I got a grip and asked calmly what that was, only to be told that they were going to have Claire give Jamie the chunk of amber with the dragonfly, prior to going through the stones.

I won’t recount the entirety of my comments to Ron and Maril in the wake of this conversation, but I recall saying, "…there’s a massive emotional distance between, ‘I love you so passionately that I want you to shed my blood and scar me forever so I can remember your touch,’ and ‘Here, darling, take the ugliest wedding present ever to remember me by for the forty-five minutes before you die.’"

They admitted the essential truth of this <cough>, but insisted that they couldn’t do the cutting because it would be messy (they had all kinds of trouble with the blood-knife at the wedding, and were envisioning blood dripping everywhere and smearing and what it would do to the costumes, which had to last through multiple takes) and take too long and interrupt the pacing of the scene.

In all of which contentions, they were indubitably right, but STILL. The only thing I was able to do was extract a promise that they’d speak to the props department about making a new chunk of amber that didn’t look quite so much like a piece off a broken telephone pole transformer.)

So anyway…. here you go!

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dragonfly in amber coverA wave of anguish broke through me, so acute that I must have made some sound, for he opened his eyes. He smiled when he saw me, and his eyes searched my face. I knew that he was memorizing my features, as I was his.

"Jamie," I said. My voice was hoarse with sleep and swallowed tears. "Jamie. I want you to mark me."

"What?" he said, startled.

The tiny sgian dhu he carried in his stocking was lying within reach, its handle of carved staghorn dark against the piled clothing. I reached for it and handed it to him.

"Cut me," I said urgently. "Deep enough to leave a scar. I want to take away your touch with me, to have something of you that will stay with me always. I don’t care if it hurts; nothing could hurt more than leaving you. At least when I touch it, wherever I am, I can feel your touch on me."

His hand was over mine where it rested on the knife’s hilt. After a moment, he squeezed it and nodded. He hesitated for a moment, the razor-sharp blade in his hand, and I offered him my right hand. It was warm beneath our coverings, but his breath came in wisps, visible in the cold air of the room.

He turned my palm upward, examining it carefully, than raised it to his lips. A soft kiss in the well of the palm, then he seized the base of my thumb in a hard, sucking bite. Letting go, he swiftly cut into the numbed flesh. I felt nothing more than a mild burning sensation, but the blood welled at once. He brought the hand quickly to his mouth again, holding it there until the flow of blood slowed. He bound the wound, now stinging, carefully in a handkerchief, but not before I saw that the cut was in the shape of a small, slightly crooked letter "J".

I looked up to see that he was holding out the tiny knife to me. I took it, and somewhat hesitantly, took the hand he offered me.

He closed his eyes briefly, and set his lips, but a small grunt of pain escaped him as I pressed the tip of the knife into the fleshy pad at the base of his thumb. The Mount of Venus, a palm-reader had told me; indicator of passion and love.

It was only as I completed the small semicircular cut that I realized he had given me his left hand.

"I should have taken the other," I said. "Your sword hilt will press on it."

He smiled faintly.

"I could ask no more than to feel your touch on me in my last fight— wherever it comes."

Unwrapping the blood-spotted handkerchief, I pressed my wounded hand tightly against his, fingers gripped together. The blood was warm and slick, not yet sticky between our hands.

"Blood of my blood…" I whispered.

"…and Bone of my Bone," he answered softly. Neither of us could finish the vow, "so long as we both shall live," but the unspoken words hung aching between us. Finally he smiled crookedly.

"Longer than that," he said firmly, and pulled me to him once more.


"Frank," he said at last, with a sigh. "Well, I leave it to you what ye shall tell him about me. Likely he’ll not want to hear. But if he does, if ye find ye can talk to him of me, as you have to me of him— then tell him… I’m grateful. Tell him I trust him, because I must. And tell him—" His hands tightened suddenly on my arms, and he spoke with a mixture of laughter and absolute sincerity. "Tell him I hate him to his guts and the marrow of his bones!"

We were dressed, and the dawn light had strengthened into day. There was no food, nothing with which to break our fast. Nothing left that must be done… and nothing left to say.

He would have to leave now, to make it to Drumossie Moor in time. This was our final parting, and we could find no way to say goodbye.

At last, he smiled crookedly, bent, and kissed me gently on the lips.

"They say…" he began, and stopped to clear his throat. "They say, in the old days, when a man would go forth to do a great deed—he would find a wise-woman, and ask her to bless him. He would stand looking forth, in the direction he would go, and she would come behind him, to say the words of the prayer over him. When she had finished, he would go straight out, and not look back, for that was ill-luck to his quest."

He touched my face once, and turned away, facing the open door. The morning sun streamed in, lighting his hair in a thousand flames. He straightened his shoulders, broad beneath his plaid, and drew a deep breath.

"Bless me, then, wisewoman," he said softly, "and go."

I laid a hand on his shoulder, groping for words. Jenny had taught me a few of the ancient Celtic prayers of protection; I tried to summon the words in my mind.

"Jesus, Thou Son of Mary," I started, speaking hoarsely, "I call upon Thy name; and on the name of John the Apostle beloved, And on the names of all the saints in the red domain, To shield thee in the battle to come… "

I stopped, interrupted by a sound from the hillside below. The sound of voices, and of footsteps.

Jamie froze for a second, shoulder hard beneath my hand, then whirled, pushing me toward the rear of the cottage, where the wall had fallen away.

"That way!" he said. "They are English! Claire, go!"

I ran toward the opening in the wall, heart in my throat, as he turned back to the doorway, hand on his sword. I stopped, just for a moment, for the last sight of him. He turned his head, caught sight of me, and suddenly he was with me, pushing me hard against the wall in an agony of desperation. He gripped me fiercely to him. I could feel his erection pressing into my stomach and the hilt of his dagger dug into my side.

He spoke hoarsely into my hair. "Once more. I must! But quick!" He pushed me against the wall and I scrabbled up my skirts as he raised his kilts. This was not lovemaking; he took me quickly and powerfully and it was over in seconds. The voices were nearer; only a hundred yards away.

He kissed me once more, hard enough to leave the taste of blood in my mouth. "Name him Brian," he said "for my father." With a push, he sent me toward the opening. As I ran for it, I glanced back to see him standing in the middle of the doorway, sword half-drawn, dirk ready in his right hand.

I originally posted this excerpt and comments on one of my social media accounts on Sunday, July 10, 2016, about episode 213 (titled "Dragonfly in Amber") of the Starz Outlander TV series.

Top image credit: Starz.

66 Responses »

  1. Once again … As always … You impress me with your choice of words & your style as you capture the soulful bond of love between Claire & Jamie … Either way … Your written words work … To experience this kind of soulful love with another is truly a blessing … Thank you … For who you are as a person & for your hard work as a writer & author of some amazing stories …

  2. Dear Diana, Iam of Mexican decent and my birthday is JAN. 11. I love your books and feel like a family member. Waiting for book nine keeps me anxious for more. I admire your intelligence and compassion for the characters of the books. I will reread from book one hopefully at a slower pace because you have kept me excited throughout these books and I would hurry to read more to have an outcome of a chapter or chapters. Thank You for an exciting experience. God Bless you! Linda Hallmark

  3. Dear Diana,

    thank you so much for recalling this originall farwell scene of these two, I was reading it with the tears in my eyes!

    I just completed seson II of Outlander TV series, generally think that they did a brilliant job again (I love all the actors playing in it) but it is a shame not to follow the most breathtaking farewell ever and replace it with something we saw in the episode 13!

    Wish you all the best from Poland!!!

  4. Thank you for this opportunity. Even though the cutting scene was omitted, which was sad as it was so beautiful showing the deep love felt by Jamie & Claire, the ending was still lovely and emotional. Sam Heughan did an absolutely fantastic job with his final words to Claire. The books aand series are amazing with in depth character studies. The Emmy voters should be ashamed. Could go on and on …..

  5. Love! <3

  6. Loath as I am to see changes to your own prose, as a once (and future?) television writer/producer (The Lazarus Man), I understand the occasional need. It’s a testament to your fine work and Outlander’s exec producers’ respect of same that they alter (nay, tamper) as little as they have done thus far. Takes intelligence at the expense of ego for a writer to know when to leave well enough alone.

    I must say, having read “Dragonfly in Amber” multiple times in the last 15 years, I did not miss Claire telling Jamie “Mark me.” Partly because “Mark me” has become such a catch phrase of that insufferable turd, Prince Charles, in the tv series, it’s slipped into my daily vernacular, God help me. But mostly because in the finale, Jamie’s speech — promising to find Claire again, even if only after 200 years in Purgatory — moved me to tears. Especially “God gave me a rare woman and I loved her well.” I believe these ARE your words, (or a close variant) tho’ I can’t recall whether from “Dragonfly” or from another of your Outlander novels. Please clarify.

    Congratulations on the series turning out so splendidly. Bugger on the Emmy nominations — what do they know? And can’t wait for “Tell the Bees I am Gone.”

    Yours truly,

    Colleen O’Dwyer

  7. So happy you posted this wonderful scene for those folks who are not readers of the Outlander Books. (and for me t00!) I love your quip about the dragonfly in amber gift! You have a wicked sense of humor…and I mean that as a compliment. Your story telling is spellbinding…..Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us. You are one exceptional lady…..Wishing you “all things bright and beautiful.”

    Joyce Goodstein

  8. Thank you for sharing this with those of us who have yet to read the book. I wish the cutting had been in the series on Starz, it’s powerful and so real. I want to read this book badly. Thank you.

  9. I cried again. You wrote a beautiful scene that SHOULD have been in the show. Some parts of it. A little blood would not have shown up on those dark costumes.
    But then I think everything you have written for Outlander series is really special. Sometimes I think it would have better if I had not read the books over the years but I would have missed your beautiful writing. and Ron has tried to keep to the books so I really am glad I did read them.

  10. …My eyes still fill with tears. Thank you for sharing this amazing gift with all of Us. It’s been 16 years since I first read this. Dragonfly was the only copy of any of your work in the library-so I started my journey here :).

  11. I absolutely love the Outlander show on Starz but your words leave me breathless!!

  12. As much as I appreciate the reasons for the show doing as they did, the emotion and rawness of the book is so much more powerful in this scene. This, honestly, has been the only changed scene where I get they didn’t hit the mark as far as keeping to the tone of the book. The absolute tearing of their hearts as they parted was palpable in the book. It was sad in the show, but not at the same level. Heck, they could have done the scarring without showing the actual cutting (or show it from the back side and then close up of the wound after with sfx.

    Oh well. They’ve done a pretty good job all season – this really is the only scene I’ve missed terribly.

  13. Diana, thank you for blessing us with your magnificent literary creations. Ron Moore and staff have developed a visual translation of the living, breathing, heart filled creation that is “Outlander”. Just as a film about the life of any famous individual falls woefully short of reality, so must a film adaptation of a great literary work fall short.

    I have been as fan of all things Outlander for over 20 years. My love of the novels continues and includes the fantastic work done by the Outlander cast and crew on the Stars screen adaptation. I encourage everyone to read the books. Through a complete understanding of the books, it’s only then that the work done on screen can be truly appreciated.

    Although I was disappointed not to see Claire and Jamie ” mark” eachother before being separated by the stones, it remains that their hearts are marked forever.

    As a reader I trust Diana to remain vigilant and keep the film train on track. Remember that those train passengers are her “babies”. We, who are parents, can certainly understand the bonds between parents and children.

  14. I loved the entire series and look forward to the next episode!

  15. I love your books. I am a history buff anyway, love historical novels and romances. I really think I was perhaps born in the wrong century but then I think of hot baths/showers any time I want, washing machines and other modern conveniences and I sigh. But I could never not take baths for as long as some of these women who would dump huge amounts of scent on them instead. Just not my style. But please continue your writings. I started reading your Outlander books when the first came out, got as far as Voyager and then children, jobs and in general, life got into the mix. When the series started I realized that you had written other books after Voyager and I never knew. So I started all over again with the first and now I’m into An Echo In The Bone. Then I will finish MOBY and patiently await the new part of this fabulous saga. Can’t wait for next season and the reunion of the two souls. Thank you for your writings and be well and happy in life.

    Bonnie Amato
    Outlander Fan

  16. I like this ending the best.

  17. You have left a MARK on all of us who have been touched by these — your stories…

    I just got back from Culloden after visiting Scotland this past June with my family – because of you, btw — it is a haunting place that calls me (us all) back …

    the Highlands are indeed “a beautiful, WILD country…”

    Both the TV series and the books carry with them so much TRUTH in their own way – love, beauty, passion, loyalty, trust and betrayal, the sex isna bad either…

    Hearing Jamie say “I hate him (Frank) to the marrow of his bones…” — and then actually seeing him (Sam) say it on the screen, and to see Claire notice the Dragonfly in the 1968 tourist center (it’s a wee bit better these days) was just as much a gift as knowing that there’s a small, crooked “J”in her mound of Venus, and a “C” in his…

    Each has it’s place and being a fan of both, I get lucky twice over!!!

    Thank you soooo much — will be waiting for the BUZZING of BEES…


  18. Dear Diana,
    I absolutely love, love, love your books and have read them over and over again. The show on Starz is breathtakingly wonderful in so many ways, from the actors, to the accents, to the landscapes, seas, ships and glorious French artistry, period scenes, Scottish Highlands and the outstanding outfits.
    Firstly, Claire and Jamie are perfect (both actors-Catriona and Sam) and so close to what I envisioned when I read your books. I am pleased with both the child character and the adult character in Roger! Brianna is spot on for her part…American, sassy, smart, fearless and beautiful.
    I cannot thank you enough for these wonderful books and for keeping me engrossed in this saga year after year. I cannot wait for the next new novel featuring the Fraser and McKenzie clans and for season 3.
    Congrats to you Diana!
    Kind Regards,

  19. I love your books. You are an incredible writer. Thank you for giving somewhere to go when I am too stressed with the day. :)

  20. Love the books. Couldn’t put them down and can’t wait for the next one. The TV series is amazing. he best TV I’ve watched in years. Please make all the books into TV. Can you work in the Scottish Prisoner somehow?

    • Ron Moore and Starz are the ones who decide which of my works will be in the TV show. Plus it all depends on ratings year to year whether the show will continue. Seasons 3 and 4 are confirmed. After that, it’s up to viewers!

  21. And by the way I think the Emmy’s should be ashamed of them selves for being so blind to such incredible acting gifts as are displayed on outlander!!!! Holly

  22. Dear Diana, this is my first time of writing to you….only wanting to say what everyone else must tell you. Your books are wonderful, but, you already know that !!!

    The Tv programme is the best thing on tv and personally, i LOVE it. you could not have chosen a better Claire and Jamie, thankyou. and thanks to Catriona and Sam for portraying them so beautifully……I am in awe of your talents, all of you…..

    As to the missing parts, well, i too was shocked about some, especially the initials, would have loved to have seen that, but, the ending was incredibly moving, oh my goodness, it brought tears to my eyes, and still does…

    Keep up the good work and ignore the negative stuff, i assure you, in the eyes of your loyal fans, you can do no wrong. You have chosen this group of talented people to portray what you imagined all those years ago and its wonderful….Thankyou…

    kind regards and very best wishes , June Wood. Christchurch, New Zealand

  23. It brought tears to my eyes – AGAIN !!

  24. I love all of the books of the OUTLANDER series, and am a “Drought-lander”, eagerly awaiting no. 9!

  25. I’ve been there from the beginning, and won’t leave you now, no matter the changes to your original story. I can only imagine the tongue-biting, bullet-biting and hair-pulling going on behind the scenes, as your work is hacked apart and pieced back together, albeit masterfully. For your (extremely, maybe even fanatically) loyal fans, who can quote whole passages from each book, it can leave us boggled and bewildered and freaking pissed off, at times, and kind of wishing we’d seen the series, THEN gone back to read the books, but still impatiently waiting for 9:00 P.M on Saturday night. BTW, Angus was a truly inspired character, and perfect comic relief, and Bear McCrearey’ s Faith theme gives me chills just thinking about it! As always, thank you, Diana, for all you do.

  26. Diana, I understand the difficulty of Jamie & Claire cutting their initials on their hands and damage to wardrobes, but I hope at some point in the future they may just magically be there. Makeup artist can do that. I feel that it is an important item that Claire can always count on while she is in the time with Frank and raising Brianna. The connection between her and Jamie is something that can transend time and it does. I understand about having a one true love (soulmate) and how that loss will live with you always. Watching the departing scene at the stones was very hard for me, as my husband has died and that moment hit me hard, but thank you for having that moment kept in, even if it wasn’t just like the book.

  27. I totally agree with you , Diana…and with the blood they did use when other characters died, I don t buy their reasons why they didn’t use that very powerful, visual cutting scene that can be shown thru al the seasons as a unifying connection–about the only thing I really was disapointed, strongly upset they cut the ‘ cutting’ scene!

  28. Diana don’t worry. If they don’t do the show what you wrote. Your books will always be much more powerful than tv shows can ever be. Love you still for writing.

  29. Thank you for the insight. I always try to regard the TV series as separate from the books, but aside from the practical concerns of preserving the costumes through many takes, some elements of the story seem essential…

  30. I will be 65 on 8-27-51. Would be such a blessing to win on my birthday.Love your books love the show! Cant wait for#-9

  31. I really did miss this part! The ring was good for the wee babe comets. But the initials served for an affirmination of their bond. I thought that part in the book was perfect culmination of their love.

  32. Thank you for your wonderful books. I missed the marking scene also, as I did the whole night they spent together before Claire went back through the stones. Just reading this excerpt brought tears to my eyes. Can’t wait for Voyager. Currently reading “An Echo in the Bone”. That’s how I get through Droughtlander. As I watch the show I find myself re-reading sections of the books, as good as the show is, and it is remarkable, your writing is mind blowing. The detail takes the reader on a journey through the stones.

  33. Hi Diana, We do know who,” We”, are and how the story really is told. My husband has not read the books, but is very much enjoying the show. I do really enjoy the show also. I like watching the production clips. It does help to understand all the work that goes into the making of the shows. Very happy to see the news about season 3 and 4 !! I do of course have problems with the changing of some of the story, but I would rather see it with changes than not at all !!! As I have commented before, we know how it really happened !!! Do we know when the dvd will be released ? Thanks for being you !!! Lorelei

  34. Every time I read this passage( and they are many) I feel as if I just lost my friend in Vietnam again. The impact is so gutwrenching and filled with dread and loss that it breaks my heart again and again. What powerful images and words! You are a masterful writer!

  35. I loved your ending better!!!!

  36. One of the most beautiful moments in my imagination. Thank you Diana, Truly

  37. I loved that part in the book when Claire was going back the pain of leaving made me cry when I read it and watching the end in the series Outlander was good-very emotional

  38. Thank you Diana for this posting. So happy to know that you were as shocked as I with this change. I underst00d some things would be different from the book but I was patient all through season 2, accepting minor changes and rewrites of the original story. But I waited all season to see that final scene. It was so damn perfect, how could it not be apart of the finale? What a disappointment.

  39. As a Gabaldon fan, I was disappointed as I waited breathlessly for the “marking” between Claire and Jamie, and hopefully the blessing, but neither was included in the Starz version. When I saw the dragonfly in amber in her hands, I was confused that she would give that to him! Very much an understatement. Glad you made your sentiments known to the writers, even though they clearly put convenience above the emotional impact of the scene. Otherwise, I have been impressed with the writing and the series, to see the characters come to life.

    Looking forward to the next book – but, take your time, because I appreciate all the research and details you include in the stories.

    By the way, I grew up in New Mexico, way down in the southeast corner of ranch and oil land – Hobbs. Most people go through Hobbs on their way to the Carlsbad Caverns, if you’ve ever been there (and you should go if you haven’t!).

    God bless,

  40. My heart pounds as I read this and aches at the same time.

    Your writing captivates me and has brought me such joy over the years.

    So glad your work made it to the screen, even if they had to adapt/ change things a bit, lol.

    I’m reading through the books again just to stay in the “unreality” of things, lol. It gives me the escape I need after full busy days and hearing all the troubles of the world and the chaos it is in.

    I was going to see you in Fergus as I live in the Caledon area, (Ont Canada), (lol, you know this as you have been many times), but alas, my family is coming in from Winnipeg and we are meeting in Ottawa that very weekend, drat.

    So, until next time, thanks for being such a great part of my life Diana. Also, thanks to you have love Scotch and Glayva!


  41. Oh, I cry for both of them….

  42. I so enjoyed the tv series, THANKYOU.

    Looking forward to reading the books. What is the title of the book where Clair and Jamie’s daughter returns to the past?

  43. Just wanted to say that I read all Outlander books starting in October 2015 while my right leg was in a cast for four months. That was just two months after my husband of thirty years died. My friend and dog trainer, a nice Jewish lady gave me the first big book to take me to another place. And they really did. I don’t care if tv needs to make a few changes Starz etal are doing a great job.
    Thank you so much for creating such a really thought provoking series. It has lead me into a new direction.
    I now take Gaidhlig lessons at San Diego House of Scotland in Balboa Parks International Houses and some day hope to go to Scotland!
    Many thank yous, and Best Wishes to you, Pat Goodman

  44. I do love the part from the book where they mark one another because it shows the depth of their love and commitment but the ending of season 2 where they hold hands as Jaime pushes Claire aginst the stone to send her back was also endearing. I love Jaime & Claire through the books and the show and hope for many years more enjoyment of my favorite couple ever.

  45. I’ve read that so many times and it still brings tears to my eyes and my heart breaks. Thank you, Diana, for sharing your beautiful gift of writing.

  46. Mark Me was/is so important to this story. Why couldn’t they do it CG?
    Very disappointed.

  47. I just finished reading “Outlander”.
    Your writing is amazing. A book written
    by a woman about a woman usually would
    not interest me but it was recommended to
    me and I thoroughly enjoyed this page
    turner. I bought the DVD and will watch it
    soon. You are a fine writer and I wish you
    all the best. Keep writing.

  48. Never, have I read or watched such an intricically detailed story. Fact & fiction intermingled perfectly. This is the most captivating and exciting story that I have ever read !

  49. I just finished Dragonfly in Amber right before this past TV season began. I found myself going back to the chapters and reading them again… Needless to say I had to renew the book from the library several times. I am so hooked on this love story, I can’t wait to get the third book, read it, and finally anxiously wait next the season. I think Ron Moore is brilliant with what he’s done with your books! The casting is phenomenal! I do remember you Diana in one of the scenes the first season. At any rate I’m in love with the whole thing. I could watch this series forever! Thank you for writing it, thank you to Ron more for producing it, and thanks to the actors for bringing it to life !! Sharon Lyn Stein, SAG-AFTRA

  50. Hi Diana,
    Have you ever considered adding pinterest to your newsletters? Maybe my lack of computer wizardry is showing because facebook, email and pinterest as well as saving online pictures & instagram screensavers are my entire skill set. If you don’t wish to add pinterest then I may be forced to ask one of my grandkids to teach me and that would be embarrassing since I have told them grandmas know everything! Lol
    On a better note, I am so happy Outlander is on tv. I caught the first show when dish was showing it to get Starz subscribers. I doubt I would have stumbled across the books had it not been for that program. I am currently reading Voyager and awaiting my copy of the second season dvd and soundtrack. I love watching a genuine romance. The pages take me back to where my ancestors came from and each show helps me understand that journey you’ve penned even better. The acting breathes such life into your pages and their interpretations are pretty close to that of my own imagination. I don’t worry about the leaving out, or changing things here or there, because the story is intact..it needs to flow within the time constraints found in tv.
    I learned very little about Scotland growing up. Only Norway because mom is Norwegian. But now I get to learn about dad’s heritage. Outlander is my guilty pleasure that I share with several friends and a sister-in-law. Thank you for drawing folks like me into a world so rich in love, passion, savagery and emotion. It’s about so much more then that but I lack the vocabulary to articulate it all but I am sure you know what I mean.
    I look forward to your newsletters,
    Meredith Terry
    P.S. Good luck with the 3rd season…I understand many think this volume is their favorite. I am quite enjoying what I have read so far. Oh, and if there are any typos or mispelled words….let’s just blame it on spell check, okay?! Go ahead and give Sam a hug for me…you don’t have to mention I am old enough to be his mother…barely…hey, I may be older and married but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate a bit of God’s handiwork! Take Care!!!!!

  51. I agree with you that the leaving out of this very important part of the book was NOT compensated for by the piece of amber…I was waiting for it, and was very confused and upset that it was left out. I realize that not everything can be included in the TV show, but they need to leave in the best parts, the important parts, such as this, even if it is tricky…..

  52. I am just now reading your first book OUTLANDER and i am watching the TV series also — I love the series and your first book — I have 6 of your books and now waiting for the last 2 to be shipped to me — I would like to know as each season ends will there be DVD’S to buy ?
    Great Writer
    A big fan

  53. Yes, it was a disappointment that the “branding” was left off the TV Series, but not so much that I am heart broken. This leaves the allure to read and reread, and yes, reread the books. I am pleased so far with the TV Series, and hopeful that all books will be produced. I do wish they would have let Jamie say “Name the Bairn Brian, after my father”.
    Like so many others, I am a devoted fan, and thank you for giving this gift to us readers.


  55. Thank you for your truly wonderful books. This series from beginning to end (with another on the way!) has captivated me and has been so enjoyable to read. I am an avid reader and am never without a book in my hand, and I could not put down books one through eight without finishing them entirely and absorbing all there is to know about Jamie and Claire. I read your books after first seeing Season One of Outlander which I thought was great. So I am hoping that I can post this comment here – I don’t really do social media – because I have been seeing a few articles and comments about the “book fans” and the “TV fans” of Outlander. (Maybe I should take the media with a grain of salt?) I consider myself a book fan. I think this ties in with your above post. (Some spoilers here!)

    I hope that going forward the producers and directors will stick more to the story of Jamie and Claire from your books because you wrote it beautifully. Just a little disappointed in Season Two because Paris was different from the books – Jamie and Claire still had issues, but they were more loving when first coming to France; also when Faith died and the reconnection of Jamie and Claire; the death of Alex Randall was perfect the way you wrote it and Laoghaire was not in Book Two at all!!! (See the exclamation marks) There was no marker for Claire to see in Scotland when she returns (I felt that was important for down the road) and, of course, the marking of the hands. There are definite storylines that continue throughout the series from one book to the next. Once something is changed it will have repercussions in the following seasons.

    I noticed an article where it was said that because of what they had written in with Laoghaire, in the upcoming season when Claire comes back and finds that Jamie is married to her, he can state that “Claire told me to forgive her.” (This just is not true and not the way it was written.) Also, it was mentioned that the TV fans don’t know what’s coming up because they haven’t read the books. Well, us book-readers do. I don’t think the producers/writers are appreciating that people who have read the books are expecting to see the story we read. Exactly as we read it. That is why we fell in love with this story, these people, and everything that they experience. That is how you wrote it. I understand about filming, etc. but let’s please keep Jamie and Claire’s story the way it is.

    I do appreciate that I have been able to vent a little frustration here! I will continue to re-read these books for many years to come. Looking forward to Book Nine and also to Season Three of the show. I just hope that they will be sticking to the story that we know and want to see. A thousand standing ovations to the cast – they are all wonderful actors and actresses. Love them all! And thank you, again, for writing such an amazing story.

  56. Well done, Diana, this is such an essential piece of the puzzle. I hope that all who watch the show pick up the books. They will experience the wonder of your work. God be with you!


  58. I can’t imagine the pain of parting, like this. Ms. Gabaldon, you write so beautifully, from the soul. Thank you. Yours, Aye, Ann Douglas-Heflin.

  59. Wow! Once again I was in the moment and felt their pain.

  60. I think they really missed a major part when they didn’t put this seen in the show. Think of how many time the subject is brought up. Even little Jemmy asks his grandma what the mark is from. Maybe they can put it in as a after thought. Just saying. Love all thing Outlander anyway. Your the best Diane.

  61. Love this scene, and the series. Have them all on e-book (kindle). Bravo Diana!

  62. I think it was a mistake to not include the cutting as it is referred to so many other times throughout the remaining novels. The cutting was part of the time-travel ever-lasting bond between the two. Regardless, loved it. Loved it.

  63. Thank you for taking the step child out of redhead, for the enchanting characters, and read, a welcome diversion during stressful time in my family. I read the strand 35 years ago, and others equally alluring but shallow. Your Jamie a creation of kouros & claire kore breathing in words, the idealized male. such fun to read and watch your tales. The history & nature/botany well put and enjoyed.

    Regardless of variance in translation a joy to watch.

  64. I was very disappointed that they didn’t carve the initials in the show; to me, it was a key detail that should have been included. That scene was very hard for me to read because it was so incredibly gut-wrenching, and while the end was touching, it didn’t begin to make me feel the depth the scene in the novel did. I can’t wait for season 3, and I really, really can’t wait to read book 9!!