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Date Posted: Sun, February 19 2017, 20:44:01
Author: LisaW
Subject: QOTD for Monday, February 20, 2017

The following quote is taken from Voyager by Diana Gabaldon, Chapter 4 "The Dunbonnet". Copyright (c) 1994 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.

   "He felt a little queasy, and more than a little light-headed. More and
more, he felt the disorientation, the fragmenting of himself between day and
night. By day, he was a creature of the mind alone, as he escaped his damp
immobility by a stubborn, disciplined retreat into the avenues of thought
and meditation, seeking refuge in the pages of books. But with the rising of
the moon, all sense fled, succumbing at once to sensation, as he emerged
into the fresh air like a beast from its lair, to run the dark hills beneath the
stars, and hunt, driven by hunger, drunk with blood and moonlight.
   He stared at the ground as he walked, night-sight keen enough to keep his
footing, despite the heavy burden. The deer was limp and cooling, its stiff,
soft hair scratching against the back of his neck, and his own sweat cooling in
the breeze, as though he shared his prey's fate.
   It was only as the lights of Lallybroch manor came into view that he felt at
last the mantle of humanity fall upon him, and mind and body joined as one
again as he prepared himself to greet his family. "

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[> Feral Jamie. -- Susannah, Mon, February 20 2017, 3:59:47

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[> We know Jamie as such a people person. Deep emotions and compassion, but ruthless when necessary. To think of this time alone, hunted - indeed feral as Susannah says - breaks my heart. I believe his inner strength and faith got him through this. To say nothing of his loving family who tried to help but must have been heartbroken to see him fall so low. -- Kathy in PA, Mon, February 20 2017, 5:31:03

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[> This always struck me as essentially a tragic loss of seven years of this good man's life. -- Lady Linda, Mon, February 20 2017, 5:58:08

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[> I agree with what everyone has said - these years seem like ones full of deep melancholy and heavy depair - at the prison, there are the men, at Hellwater there are horses and then William - in that cave there was no one save Jamie and his aching and longing for Claire :o( -- lori v, Mon, February 20 2017, 7:23:23

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[> These passages are so vivid that you can almost smell the deer's blood and Jamie's sweat. As a child we three kids often camped out in the woods behind our home (120 acres) and I remember running barefoot in the moonlight and being able to see where we were going. It felt wild and yes, feral. Only the lights of our home or the lights of the campfire would bring us back. No way, could kids do that now. But wow, what a childhood. -- Marcie, Mon, February 20 2017, 8:47:31

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[> My heart just ached for Jamie when he had to live in that cave, alone. -- Piper-Mom, Tue, February 21 2017, 7:08:03

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