Outlander Imagined Season 311 Irrepressible Evidence Of Life
Whether or not my episode breaks have any resemblance to Outlander Season 3 being produced by STARZ, they certainly serve as summaries of Diana Gabaldon’s book Voyager.
EPISODE 11 – Irrepressible Evidence Of Life
They have set sail for Jamaica. Claire talks to Jamie about the slave she is embarrassed to own, however their conversation is cut short when the Artemis is smashed into by pirates, and not just ANY pirates. The ship attacking them is the Bruja the same pirates who abducted Young Ian. Mayhem ensues. Claire suffers a extensive wound to her arm, having been sliced by a cutlass, but she was saved from worse injuries by the pelican Mr Willoughby has trained. The pirates are fought off.
Jamie tries to treat Claire, but he cannot bring himself to stitch her arm, thankfully Mr Willoughby takes over using acupuncture to ease the pain of disinfecting with brandy and stitching her wound. Jamie finally speaks of what happened at Culloden.
A man has jumped off the pirate ship and been brought aboard the Artemis. He is silent, purporting not to understand what Jamie and Claire are saying, until they trick him into revealing he does understand English. He is a cook who has also been abducted, he will not reveal from where for fear they will return him. Jamie quizzes him about other captives on the Bruja, until finally he is convinced one of them is Young Ian, however the man, Ishmael shocks them by saying there are actually twelve young Scottish men on board. Claire is in bed almost delirious from fever while the man tells his story to Jamie. In her fevered state she dreams. Ishmael’s voice reminds her of Joe Abernathy. Is he Joe’s ancestor? Her fevered brain works out Ishmael has a scar where his slave branding was cut out. It is the same size and location of the brand on the slave she inadvertently owns. It means they might come from the same place. Claire asks Fergus to get Temeraire (who came from Mrs Abernathy of Rose Hall, Jamaica) to see if he recognises Ishmael. Temeraire has a slave brand of a Stuart rose on his arm, a kind of sick homage to Charles Edward Stuart.
Claire awakes from resting, her fever is worse. She knows she must use the penicillin or risk dying from the infection caused by the pirate’s unhygienic blade. It’s Jamie’s turn to inject her, but he cannot bear inflicting pain on her. She must inject herself. Claire tells Jamie what happened back in Boston. She helped a patient end his life, but could not bring herself to inject him. The patient did it himself. She was transferred into management. Losing her surgical position made her reconsider her life in Boston and decide to take Brianna to Scotland.
The naturalist Lawrence Stern has caught a hawksbill turtle and Murphy has made turtle soup laced with sherry. Claire enjoys the delicious soup, but is intoxicated by it. It seems Jamie is too when he becomes sexually aroused at the sight of Claire’s damp, fevered body clad only in a flimsy shift. Claire aroused by his response reaches out to touch his erection.She tells him to bolt the door as he gets out of the berth. The sea is rough. Jamie is despondent they will be unable to make love considering Claire’s arm and the ocean’s swell. Claire lurches towards him and he grabs her around the waist. Jamie is shocked at the heat emanating from her body. He is usually the one with an internal furnace. She kneels in front of him, he frees his breeches and Claire takes him into her mouth. They are interrupted by a knock at the door. Lawrence Stern is asking Jamie questions. Jamie tries to send him away as rapidly as he can manage as he moves Claire towards the berth, bending her over. She is still standing and rests face down as Jamie lifts her shift and takes her from behind. Her fever breaks as he makes love to her. Claire forgets the pain in her arm and drifts into sleep.
The Artemis arrives in Kingston harbour to be confronted by the sight of HMS Porpoise already in port. Jamie is feeling haunted by the British and wonders why they have come to this port rather than to the naval shipyards at Antigua. Claire explains the reason the Porpoise is here is they were carrying the new Governor of Jamaica, one Lord John Grey. Jamie explains to Claire that Lord Grey is a friend, having been Governor at Ardsmuir prison. Claire can’t understand how he can be a friend.
When the Aretmis nears shore Ishmael, now properly dressed, asks to go ashore. He also wants the one-armed slave to come with him. Temeraire is unsure, not accustomed to making decisions, until Ishmael speaks to him in an unknown language whereupon Temeraire gasps and falls to Ishmael’s feet. They are both taken ashore, presumably to join the Maroons, ex-slaves who survive in the jungle.
Jared’s sugar plantation, Blue Mountain House awaits. Jared’s overseers, the MacIvers, had thought them lost at sea. The house is situated on the curve of a bay set partly on pilings over the water. It is an idyllic setting. Claire enjoys the luxury of washing away the salt and grime from the long sea voyage in hot water in a real wooden bathtub. She crawls into the first proper bed she has seen for a long time and falls deeply asleep. She wakes to find Jamie laying naked, also clean and fresh smelling, beside her. They kiss languorously and Jamie is anxious to make love. Claire has other ideas and makes Jamie wait, taking her time to seduce him slowly. He is in agony of wanting her, but turns the tables in response, wanting her to beg him for it. As a result they are late for supper. Very late.
Over dinner Jamie asks the MacIvers about Mrs Abernathy. He finds out the new Reverend, Archie Campbell, was also asking after Mrs Abernathy. It seems Mrs Abernathy had written to Reverend Campbell while he was still in Edinburgh. Though the MacIvers are not sure if he will still want to see her given the scandalous gossip accusing Mrs Abernathy of poisoning her husband and enjoying the attentions of her men-slaves. Whether the Reverend Campbell actually met with Mrs Abernathy is still in question, since the fuss over the Reverend’s catatonic sister having mysteriously disappeared. The MacIvers say the Reverend should ask the Governor for help in finding her when he attends the upcoming Governor’s reception. Jamie asks Claire to go to the reception… A violet colored silk gown would suit her he thinks.