“Staring absently out at the driving rain, he said, ‘There was another reason. The main one’. ‘Reason?’ I said stupidly. ‘Why I married you.’ ‘Which was?’ I don’t know what I expected him to say, perhaps some further revelation of his family’s contorted affairs. What he did say was more of a shock, in its way. ‘Because I wanted you.’ He turned from the window to face me. ‘More than I ever wanted anything in my life,’ he added softly. I continued staring at him, dumbstruck. Whatever I had been expecting, it wasn’t this. Seeing my openmouthed expression, he continued lightly. ‘When I asked my da how ye knew which was the right woman, he told me when the time came, I’d have no doubt. And I didn’t. (…)’”
Happy Valentine’s Day! Confession time: I have wanted to do a lesson on anatomy of a kiss for a verra long time.Today is the day! Welcome to Anatomy Lesson #14: The Lips (and a little tongue too). Now, you may think there isna much anatomy to the lips but there is so much and it’s so complex that we’ll be lucky to cover it in a single lesson!
I need models for our lesson and who better than Claire getting her first kiss (Starz episode 1, Sassenach). NO, not this kiss!! Claire usually has to encourage Frank but she seems to like this kiss just fine and I’m betting there is a group of folks out there that gives two thumbs for any face time with Frank.
Alright then, how about this one (Starz episode 4, The Gathering)? NO, again? Geez, some folks are so hard to please! Well, Claire wasna at all pleased with this kiss. Dougal’s efforts garnered him a kick in the stones, a sharp slap and a wallop over the head with a chair! Dougal, best get ye gone man before you end up “paying a greater price!”
Ok, how about this one? Better? Ha! Getting down to business, Jamie and Claire share their first kiss after their wedding vows (Starz episode 7, The Wedding). In Outlander, Herself records the moment:
“More mumbling from the priest and Jamie bent to kiss me. It was clear that he intended only a brief and ceremonial touching of lips, but his mouth was soft and warm and I moved instinctively toward him. I was vaguely conscious of noises, Scottish whoops of enthusiasm and encouragement from the spectators,but really noticed nothing beyond the enfolding warm solidness. Sanctuary.”
Whoa, Prof, the wedding kiss lasts a lot longer than one brief frame! How about some time lapse photography? OK, students, I dinna plan to dwell on the point, but here’s Claire as she accepts Jamie’s kiss.
A wee release of the lips and more kiss! Aye, she gives as good as she gets.
More lip action; she really leans into it. Good lass!
Finally, at the end of a lengthy lip-lock with Jamie, Claire is on her tippy-toes panting for more. No ceremonial peck here. Well, when she kisses him like that maybe she isna so sorry to be marrying him after all. Gasp, mayhap we all best stop and come up for a wee gulp of air!
Can I ask you a question? “Did you like it?” I think Jamie did!