With less than 7 weeks to go before the release of AN ECHO IN THE BONE, I thought I'd offer a selection of quotes from the books on the subject of anticipation, and patience, and how hard it is to wait.

1) "I have been thinking of this for months, now," he said, with keen anticipation. "Every night, folded up in that godforsaken nutshell of a berth, listening to Fergus grunt and fart across the cabin. I thought it all out, just what I would do, did I have ye naked and willing, no one in hearing, and room enough to serve ye suitably."

(From VOYAGER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 52 ("A Marriage Takes Place"). Copyright© 1994 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)

2) "Wait and see, Mama," said Bree, with irritating smugness.

(From VOYAGER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 21 ("Q.E.D."). Copyright© 1994 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)

3) "I dinna ken," he said at last, and lifted his head, looking out into the distance of land and sky. "No one does, Sassenach. We must just meet what comes as we can."

(From A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 20 ("Dangerous Gifts"). Copyright© 2005 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)

4) "I will find you," he said. "I promise. If I must endure two hundred years of purgatory, two hundred years without you--then that is my punishment, which I have earned for my crimes. For I have lied, and killed, and stolen; betrayed and broken trust. But there is the one thing that shall lie in the balance. When I shall stand before God, I shall have one thing to say, to weigh against the rest.

His voice dropped nearly to a whisper, and his arms tightened around me.

"Lord, ye gave me a rare woman. And God! I loved her well."

(From DRAGONFLY IN AMBER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 46 ("Timor Mortis Conturbat Me"). Copyright© 1992 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)

5) "How many nights in twenty years, a nighean? How many hours? For I spent that long in wondering whether my wife still lived, and how she fared. She and my child."

(From THE FIERY CROSS by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 81 ("Bear-Killer"). Copyright© 2001 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)

And finally, there's this song, which has been running through my head lately:


Kia said...

Quote #4 brought tears to my eyes!! I have goose bumps...That was a reeeeally good one. Even now, as I type, I'm still smiling and shaking my head, lol

Linda said...

Karen, great job on the "anticipation quotes"! You must have the books memorized!

Karen Henry said...


No, I don't actually have the books memorized! <g> I use's "search inside this book" function to look up specific quotes.

Glad you liked these. <g>


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