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Date Posted: 19:40:18 09/16/14 Tue
Author: HollyC
Subject: I know what you mean, although I was thinking about it more as that Jamie is slowly coming into focus, which I guess is another way to say undeveloped. My guess is it is deliberate, but maybe not purposely to avoid the adultery issue, but to stay true to the beginning of the book and not ramp up the romance aspect too soon. In my memory of my first read, it did take me a while to make sure Dougal wasn't going to be the 'male lead'. And I still wasn't entirely sure of Jamie's motives (although I wanted to be!) until he confessed at Lallybroch that he had loved her all along. I wasn't sure Claire wouldn't leave him and return through the stones on the way to Lallybroch either. So perhaps to maintain all these elements of surprise - there is a deliberate effort not to portray Jamie & Claire as soul mates from the get-go.
In reply to: Nifty 's message, "Jamie's development so far" on 17:44:40 09/15/14 Mon

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[> [> Dougal was suppose to be the male lead, Jamie stole it from him. *G* -- M-another-M, 21:37:47 09/16/14 Tue

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[> [> [> I was going to say the same thing. Diana originally intended for Dougal and Claire to be the conflicitng love interest but Claire had other ideas. I like that Jamie is there but not in focus at this point. It makes it seem so much more random that he ends up as the groom, Dougal also offered Rupert. Certainly Claire feels a friendship with Jamie and she knows she is safe with him, but her focus has been on surviving until she can get back to the stones. He doesn't become the true center of her universe until she has to make the choice after the trial when he brings her to the circle. Then she has to admit that she is leaving Frank, though he will always be in her heart. -- kgp, 06:01:39 09/17/14 Wed

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[> [> [> [> I am eager to see how their relationship evolves (on the big screen) to the point she decides to stay. It was easy to understand reading it..hopefully it will come across on the screen. I have a feeling we will be hearing more of her "thoughts". -- conmama, 09:03:23 09/17/14 Wed

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