Terry Dresbach

Outlander Costume Designer

Reply To: OUTLANDER ISSUES ****SPOILER ALERT****

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<<<barbc624 wrote:

Gael,
It just struck me what you said about not knowing the reason that Claire loves
Frank and relating it to her abandonment issues. At least I think that is what
you are saying.

In the wedding night scene in the book Claire tells Jamie about her history up
through Uncle Lamb. And then she says that she met Frank and doesn’t want to go
any further.
Jamie doesn’t push her sensing this is dangerous ground for her.

So maybe when she met Frank she was at a point where Uncle Lamb was pushing her
out of the nest and Frank was a safe choice. He wouldn’t ask more of her
emotionally than she was prepared to give. She could love him without fear of
devastation if something happened to him.

Her fears after the wedding night reflect this. It is the emotional intimacy
with Jamie that really frightens her not the physical pleasure. Jamie is not a
safe choice, he will want all or nothing and she knows that already.

Frank is her safety net. She does love him but it is a safe love in a safe time
and place. She thinks she can have a safe conventional life with him (the vases)
and she believes that is what will make her happy. Jamie is the risk that
presents the opportunity for tremendous rewards or complete destruction.

That is why her choice is so hard for her. She is by nature a risk taker but by
circumstance consciously cautious about taking risks.

And I’m stopping now before I get into Joseph Campbell and Karl Jung!!
Archetypes and the Id an who knows what …>>>

barb, reading this post is worth another ceu unit! you posit a very interesting bundle of perspectives – about uncle lamb, jamie, claire, and frank. i see that quality of emotional safety pulling claire back to frank, partly because with frank what you see is what you get [even if there are dull moments] and partly because claire and frank are from the same familiar universe, whereas with jamie his very depth and probing of claire’s depths can be scary, albeit sexy as hell, and there are all those unknowns for claire in his unfamiliar universe.