For many of us Diana Gabaldon fans, June 1st holds a special place in our hearts. It's a day to stand united as Outlander fans! Twenty-six years ago, I never imaged that the following for this book and t.v. series would have grown to reach such a massive global audience of 32 million fans and counting!
Well, I suppose I am not truly surprised! After all, I have been singing her praises and recommending her writing for years. And now look at us! I mean, #WorldOutlanderDay???
We couldn't be more thrilled!
From one group of Sassenachs to another, I think we can all agree that Claire Fraser has stolen the hearts of many. She has quickly become the envy of every Outlander fan and is the epitome of the kind of woman we all strive to be. She helps put the capital S in Sassenach, don’t you think?
While Claire in her 1940s life used laundry soap and a basic washing machine, her time traveling life did not have such a luxury. Instead, wash day consisted of lots of drinks, hand washing, and urine production.
The importance of the plaid as it is known in North America became evident when Jamie and Murtagh were in Ardsmuir Prison. At that time, Scots were not allowed to wear their tartans, speak Gaelic or own weapons such as guns. This is represented by the clothing that the prisoners are wearing and how they are allowed to hunt while at the prison.
In Outlander, season 1, episode 1 “Sassenach”, we see an apparition of a Highlander who is looking intently at Claire through the window of Mrs. Baird’s Bed & Breakfast in Inverness while she is brushing her hair.
Frank comes upon the scene and notices the Highlander watching Claire. As Frank approaches the Highlander to ask if he can help him with something, the Highlander brushes past him and vanishes into thin air. We later surmise that this was an apparition of Jamie who was staring at Claire, but how, or why, did he come to be there?