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In Voyager, we get some insights into the depth of Jamie’s suffering during his separation from Claire. There are sections in The Scottish Prisoner, however, where his pain is palpable. Thoughts of Claire were his constant companions. Even in the midst of his heartache, somehow his love for her sustained him.
Had it really happened, that memory? Or was it only his desire that now and then brought her so vividly to life, in snatched moments that left him desperate with longing but strangely comforted, as though she had in fact touched him briefly?
—Jamie in The Scottish Prisoner, Chapter 7
One more step, and then he heard a final murmur, a whisper so strangled that only the acuteness of his attention brought him the words.
“Christ, Sassenach. I need ye.”
He would in that moment have sold his soul to be able to offer comfort. But there was no comfort he could give, and he made his way silently down the stairs, missing the last step in the dark and coming down hard.
—Lord John Gray & Jamie in The Scottish Prisoner, Chapter 13
It was near twilight, but the place glowed like a king’s treasure, reds and pinks and whites and yellows glimmering in an emerald jungle in the dusk, and the air flooded in upon him, moist and caressing, filled with the scents of flowers and leaves, herbs and vegetables. For an instant, he smelled his wife’s hair among them and gulped air as though he’d been shot in the lung.
—Jamie in The Scottish Prisoner, Chapter 14
“I was going to recommend that you find a good girl and marry her, but I saw how it is with you; your wife’s still with you.” He spoke in an entirely matter-of-fact tone of voice.
“It wouldn’t be fair on a young woman, were you to marry while that’s the case.
—Father Michael in The Scottish Prisoner, Chapter 19