June 25, 2012 by Heidi
We’ve completed Week 2 of this EPIC CHUNKSTER! Everybody pat yourselves on the back, and throw back a shot of Scotch in celebration. It is a wedding after all! I’ll admit to having been a huge slacker this week, and doing most of my reading on Sunday, but that just means I get to feel all superior in that I didn’t cave and read ahead like MOST OF YOU. *Shameful glare*. Not really, I can hardly blame you guys, and thank goodness I can read Chapter 15 tomorrow!
Here’s my take on Carrie’s questions from Stalking the Shelves:
1. Claire has been given the task of healer at the castle. She must adapt her nursing
skills for the time and learn what herbs and etc will cure each particular ailment that is presented to her. Do you have any home remedies that were passed down to you (cure for a cold, bee sting or what have you)?
Ooooh, I like this question, though I’ll probably learn more from reading others’ posts than anyone will learn from mine. It kind of reminds me of My Big Fat Greek Wedding where her father puts Windex on everything. The only real herbal remedie I make regular use of is peppermint for upset stomach–I drink peppermint tea a lot, often because it’s one of my favorites, and not just when I don’t feel well.
2. What do you think would be the biggest challenge of living in the past? (Clothing, hygiene, food, etiquette or etc.)
Hehe, I’ve thought about this one a lot being as I’ve been slightly obsessed with time travel forever. For me, it’s largely the fact that I am flat out BLIND without my glasses. Were I to lose them, or anything to happen to them, I would be screwed. Then I always think about my horribly curly hair, which would be a terror without proper hair care products (and is half the time anyway). It’s the etiquette that would probably get me most. I consider myself very polite, but I’m not much of a lady, and I’d probably get in big trouble for mouthing off whenever a man tried to treat me as ‘the weaker sex’.
3. Do you have a favorite character, scene or quote so far? If so, share it with us.
I suppose I have to say Claire as we really still don’t know Jamie all that well. I like that she’s strong, level headed, and doesn’t take anything lying down. I particularly like her pluck when facing Randall; considering he just about raped her during their first meeting, I was impressed. So far my favorite scene would have to be when Jamie’s tending to her after the wedding, and he explains the Gaelic vows…though as I said, I enjoyed Claire pointing out Randall’s crooked wig as well. I completely understand why just about everyone was reading ahead to the bridal chamber scene, but I was honestly so happy and content after the wedding itself that I’m more than happy to sit on it for a bit.
4. What did you think about the addition of the blood bond in the wedding ceremony? Is this something you would do with the one you love?
Well, given my answer to Question 3, I feel my answer to this one is pretty obvious. I’ve seen ceremonies before where wrists were bound together, but hadn’t realized it was at one point done as a blood bond. I thought it was pretty unique and special, and a perfect way of welcoming Claire into the culture. I personally wouldn’t do this as it’s not in any of my traditions, and I always feel like a hack stealing from others for things that are supposed to mean so much.
I’m right on track! This is a good pace for me since I have quite a bit of other reading I’ve been doing simultaneously. I’m so grateful the chapter-a-day pace was set. Only week 2 and we’ve already read about 1/3 of the book!
That’s it for me this week, excited to hear how everyone else is doing thus far! Don’t forget to link up your posts and check out next week’s questions with Jess over at Tangled Up In Blue!