Just wanted to say that I love your thoughts and insights! Wanted to get your take on Claire's sharing about Faith. It seems like she never talks about Faith to anyone. Even in Voyager, Jamie and Claire visit her grave separately and talk to each other after. The thing that seems so out of character for me is that Claire tells Marsali about Faith when she hasn't developed any relationship with her. And then it breaks my heart when Ian opens up and Claire doesn't say anything about Faith.
Hi anon - thanks so much for your kind words!
As far as we know, the only people who directly know the details about Faith are Claire, Jamie, Murtagh, and Fergus. We can assume Brianna and Roger know the broad strokes of the story, but don’t know all the details. And for all we know, Jenny and her family never find out about Faith.
It didn’t surprise me that Jamie and Claire visited her grave separately in Voyager - remember that they were so freshly reunited with each other, and given the misunderstanding they’d had re Laoghaire I’m sure that they still wanted to keep some (small) secrets from each other.
It doesn’t strike me as out of character that Claire mentioned Faith - in very general terms - to Marsali because in that particular moment, she was really seeking to connect with her - seeking to build a relationship. And using her own story humanized her to Marsali, and made her more three-dimensional. Got Marsali to trust her. So I completely understand why Claire made that choice.
As to why Faith doesn’t come up except when Jamie and Claire talk about her with each other - at the end of the day, it’s something that happened a very long time ago, literally in a different world for the two of them. It’s also something *extremely* private which they have every right not to share with others. They keep her alive through their shared memories of that time. And the sadness is tempered by the profound, absolute joy they have in Brianna and her family, and Fergus and his family, and Young Ian, and all the other members in their misfit family.
I *do* love the quiet moments when Jamie and Claire talk about Faith, or think about her. This lovely exchange in The Fiery Cross comes to mind:
“I saw ye with the wean, Sassenach, riding. Ye’ve a great tenderness about ye always—but when I saw ye so, wi’ the bairn tumbling about beneath your cloak, it—I remembered, how it was, how ye looked, when ye carried Faith.”
I caught my breath. To hear him speak the name of our first daughter like that, so matter- of-factly, was startling. We spoke of her seldom; her death was so long in the past that sometimes it seemed unreal, and yet the wound of her loss had scarred both of us badly.
Faith herself was not unreal at all, though.
She was near me, whenever I touched a baby. And this child, this nameless orphan, so small and frail, with skin so translucent that the blue threads of her veins showed clear beneath—yes, the echoes of Faith were strong.