Hi Gotham. What are your thoughts on this passage from Outlander (just after Jenny gives birth to Maggie) Don't you think it's odd that Geillis tells Jamie that Claire is barren? ‘Perhaps it’s as well,’ Jamie said slowly, as though to himself. ‘What’s as well?’ ‘That you’re barren.’ He couldn’t see my face, buried in his chest, but he must have felt me stiffen. ‘Aye, I knew that long ago. Geillis Duncan told me, soon after we wed.’
Yes, it’s definitely odd. But not out of line with Geillis’ character - she is nosy and wants to control situations and people.
The fact that she tells this to Jamie without any objective proof makes me wonder why she told him, and what she was trying to accomplish. Perhaps test his (already obvious) love for Claire. Or spur him to take a lover from the Leoch girls, and in so doing set up Dougal for a better position at the castle. Or perhaps just for the hell of it - after all, we know that with Geillis, literally anything is possible.