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Date Posted: Thu, February 16 2017, 7:13:27
Author: Piper-Mom
Subject: QOTD for Thursday, February 16, 2017

Today's quote is also from "A Collector's Edition-Selected Excerpts from An Echo in the Bone". by Diana Gabaldon. Copyright 2009

(The British, and Lord William, have arrived to Long Island, New York.)

"Eighty-eight frigates, that's what he'd heard Admiral Howe had brought, and he didn't doubt it. A forest of sails filled Gravesend Bay, and the water was choked with small boats, ferrying troops ashore. William was half-choked himself with anticipation. He could feel it gathering among the men, as the corporals collected their companies from the boats and marched off in good order, making room for the next wave of arrivals.

The officers' horses were being swum ashore, rather than rowed, the distance not being great. William ducked aside as one big bay surged up out of the surf nearby and shook himself in a shower of salt spray that drenched everyone within ten feet. The stable lad clinging to his bridle looked like a drowned rat, but shook himself off likewise and grinned at William, his face blanched with cold but vivid with excitement."

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[> William, like John and Jamie, had soldiering in them. He knew how men felt about the anticipation of the battle. I love that both John and Jamie have formed this young man, John by his foster fathering and Jamie by his blood. -- LisaW, Thu, February 16 2017, 7:54:39

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[> This creates such a vivid image. The very definition of organized chaos. -- jayn, Thu, February 16 2017, 11:11:44

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[> [> It mentions a little further along in the story, that very thing. -- Piper-Mom, Fri, February 17 2017, 8:29:00

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