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Date Posted: Sun, January 21 2024, 22:03:32
Author: JudithONH
Subject: QOTD for week of January 21, 2024

Since I got the go-ahead to do QOTD this week, I will post Sunday and Monday quotes here - so it will be a little long.

QOTD for Sunday 28 January 2024

I only read this book once, almost 3 years ago now, and in choosing the quotes, I didn’t remember much of it. I just chose consecutively numbered pages (123, 234, 345, etc. and selected something from those pages. What I found piqued my interest, so I guess it’s time for a reread. Enjoy!

The following quote is from Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 14, “Mon Cher Petit Ami,” Copyright 2021 by Diana Gabaldon, all rights reserved.

“Gradually, as people became full, conversation began again, but in a subdued fashion. Finally, John Quincy pushed away his empty tin plate with a deep sigh of repletion and gazed benignly round the table.
‘Missus Fraser, Missus MacKenzie, Missus Murray, Missus Higgins…y’all done us right well tonight. I ain’t et that much at one sittin’ since last Christmas.’
‘It was our pleasure,’ I assured him. ‘I haven’t seen anyone eat that much since last Christmas.’
I thought I heard a muffled snigger behind me, but I ignored it.
‘So long as we’ve a crust in the house, ye’ll always eat with us man,’ Jamie told him. ‘And drink, I hope?’ he added, producing a full bottle of something undoubtedly alcoholic from under his bench.
‘I wouldn’t say no, Mr. Fraser.’ John Quincy belched slightly and beamed benevolently at Jamie. ‘I cain’t insult your hospitality, now, can I?’”

I always love interactions with John Quincy - a real character!

QOTD for Monday 29 January 2024

The following quote is from Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 29, “Remember, Man…” Copyright 2021 by Diana Gabaldon, all rights reserved.

“’This one’s near finished,’ he said, leading Brianna into an open-sided shed smelling of the fresh wood shavings that covered the floor. ‘Higgins, you say…not sure I know which lady that might be. How big would you say…’
Brianna mutely held a hand at the level of her chest, and Mr. MacLeod nodded. He was old, leathery, and mostly bald, with a half-sprouted gray beard and shoulders stooped by constant bending over his work, be he exuded a sense of calm competence.
‘This’ll do, then. Now, as to when…’ He squinted at the half-finished coffin, balanced on wooden sawhorses. Pine planks in different stages of preparation leaned against the walls. She could hear the rustle of what were probably mice in the shadows, and found it oddly soothing, almost domestic.
‘I could help you,” she blurted, and he looked up at her, startled.
‘I’m a good builder,’ she said.”

Reading this, it seemed to me that Brianna helping to finish the coffin was a good way to deal with her grief at the loss of her friend.

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[> Sorry I didn't change the dates on those two. Should be January 21 and January 22. Will fix the rest of the week. -- JudithONH, Mon, January 22 2024, 10:01:28

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[> [> Never even noticed the dates. Thanks for doing the QOTD and using Bees. I’ve only read it once too and don’t remember all the details either. John Quincy Meyers is forever in my mind on the dining room table getting hernia surgery. lol. I had forgotten that Bri helped build Amy’s coffin. -- Kathy in PA, Mon, January 22 2024, 13:24:23

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[> I, too, have only read "Bees" once, so those quotes are always a treat. I'm always happy to see John Quincy pop up! -- DianaH, Mon, January 22 2024, 11:10:38

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[> I've forgotten how many times I've listened to Bees, I think there are some really brilliant passages. Poor Amy. Such a tragedy. And I thought Diana's descriptions of Brianna's reactions rang true. Always fun when Meyers shows up. I hope he stays out of harm's way. -- kgp, Mon, January 22 2024, 17:58:29

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