Happy Birthday, Claire!

Happy 96th birthday to Claire Elizabeth Beauchamp Randall Fraser!

If you're on Twitter, please tag your tweets today (October 20th) with #HappyBDayClaire, especially between the hours of 8-10 pm in your local time zone.  We are going to try to send this hashtag around the world, as we did with #WorldOutlanderDay a few months ago.

In celebration of Claire's birthday, here are some of my favorite "Claire moments" from the OUTLANDER books.  It wasn't easy to pick just one per book, but I tried to choose quotes that highlight the many different aspects of Claire's personality.  I hope you enjoy them!

Twenty-seven years of propriety were no match for several hundred thousand years of instinct. While my mind might object to being taken on a bare rock next to several sleeping soldiers, my body plainly considered itself the spoils of war and was eager to complete the formalities of surrender.

(From OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 18, "Raiders in the Rocks". Copyright© 1991 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)

"Cut me,” I said urgently. “Deep enough to leave a scar. I want to take away your touch with me, to have something of you that will stay with me always. I don’t care if it hurts; nothing could hurt more than leaving you. At least when I touch it, wherever I am, I can feel your touch on me."

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

I ached desperately; my head throbbed, my back was stiff and my feet swollen, but none of these was of any significance, compared to the deeper ache that knotted my heart.

Any doctor hates to lose a patient. Death is the enemy, and to lose someone in your care to the clutch of the dark angel is to be vanquished yourself, to feel the rage of betrayal and impotence, beyond the common, human grief of loss and the horror of death’s finality. I had lost twenty-three men between dawn and sunset of this day. Elias was only the first.

(From VOYAGER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 48, "Moment of Grace". Copyright© 1994 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)

"What, exactly, are ye doing, Sassenach? And what in the name of God are ye wearing?” Jamie, arms crossed, was leaning against the door, watching me with both brows raised.

"I am improvising a brassiere,” I said with dignity. “I don’t mean to ride sidesaddle through the mountains wearing a dress, and if I’m not wearing stays, I don’t mean my breasts to be joggling all the way, either. Most uncomfortable, joggling."

(From DRUMS OF AUTUMN by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 13, "An Examination of Conscience". Copyright© 1997 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)

As for sweeping the floor, polishing the windows, dusting, and general drudgery of that sort...well, if women’s work was never done, why trouble about how much of it wasn’t being accomplished at any given moment?

(From THE FIERY CROSS by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 96, "Aurum". Copyright© 2001 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)

"I have lived through a fucking world war,” I said, my voice low and venomous. “I have lost a child. I have lost two husbands. I have starved with an army, been beaten and wounded, been patronized, betrayed, imprisoned, and attacked. And I have fucking survived!” My voice was rising, but I was helpless to stop it. “And now should I be shattered because some wretched, pathetic excuses for men stuck their nasty little appendages between my legs and wiggled them?!” I stood up, seized the edge of the washstand and heaved it over, sending everything flying with a crash--basin, ewer, and lighted candlestick, which promptly went out.

“Well, I won’t,” I said quite calmly.

(From A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 29, "Perfectly Fine". Copyright© 2005 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)

I had picked up Jamie’s sword before. It was a cavalry sword, larger and heavier than the usual, but I didn’t notice now.

I snatched it up and swung it in a two-handed arc that ripped the air and left the metal ringing in my hands.

Mother and son jumped back, identical looks of ludicrous surprise on their round, grimy faces.

“Get away!” I said.

Her mouth opened, but she didn’t say anything.

"I’m sorry for your man,” I said. “But my man lies here. Get away, I said!” I raised the sword, and the woman stepped back hastily, dragging the boy by the arm.

(From AN ECHO IN THE BONE by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 62, "One Just Man". Copyright© 2009 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)

A trained surgeon is also a potential killer, and an important bit of the training lies in accepting the fact. Your intent is entirely benign--or at least you hope so--but you are laying violent hands on someone, and you must be ruthless in order to do it effectively. And sometimes the person under your hands will die, and knowing that...you do it anyway.

(From WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 117, "Into the Briar Patch". Copyright© 2014 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
Happy Birthday, Claire! Many thanks to Diana Gabaldon for creating such an amazing character, and to Caitriona Balfe for bringing her to life on TV!


Anonymous said...

amen on that closing comment, karen!

inge oppenheimer

Pat C said...

Good job, Karen!! You've highlighted the "heart" of our beloved character! :>)

Pat C said...

Good job, Karen! You have highlighted great aspects of our beloved character, Claire. Thanks for all you do!

Unknown said...

Those are some of my favorites, too. Thank you for posting them. Happy Birthday, Claire!

Tanja said...

Thank you, Karen! That is a great collection of quotes! :-))


Anonymous said...

Beautiful poignant quotes, which symbolise our lovely Claire so well. All culminated perfectly by your words.
How can we possibly thank Diana enough for giving us Claire.

Unknown said...

Great post Karen!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting. Great quotes. Happy Birthday Claire.

Karen Soester said...

Yes, ma'am, Karen, you have done a marvelous job with just one quote from each of the 8 books. Happy Birthday Claire and many many more!

Anonymous said...

Well done, & I also agree with the closing comment

Gaby said...

All great quotes! Our Claire is quite a woman. I love her! My favorite was the DIA quote and my second favorite is the Fiery Cross quote. Claire and I have something in common. Whenever I am overwhelmed by housework or having to choose between what I really want to do or housework, I think of Claire! Happy Birthday to a great lady!

Anonymous said...

It's so weird to consider that Claire is one year younger than my mother. The depression and WWII bred strong, independent women. Glad that my mom and Claire have that in common. [BYW, Brianna's the same age as my brother.]

Puts it into perspective, doesn't it?

Unknown said...

Karen, you are a gift to the fans!! Such marvelous quotes!!

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday Clare

Sarah Wilson Corwin said...

The next product line from Starz has to be Claire and Jamie dolls. Little girls could learn much from such a strong female character as Claire and definitely modeled after Catrionia. She is so very lovely and can turn that winsome face into strength and fury so fast. And I'm sure Cat would want her Sam counterpart to be there as her other half. Barbie and Ken are so last year. The ridiculous Bratz dolls are simply unsuitable for humans. So for your birthday, Cat with the porcelain complexion, I wish for you a doll line that millions of fans would happily purchase. And I want dibs on seven sets for my granddaughters and one grandson. Happy Birthday and have a wondrous year.

Sarah Wilson Corwin

Cori said...

Happy Birthday dear Claire .. love from another lady with a 'glass face' x

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to a Lady I've admired for more than 20 years!
Till 120!

Pat R said...

Oh, you've captured her just right! I can't imagine that it was easy to do this because she said so many awesome things!

Bethany said...

Great choices! They are so very Claire.

Jayshree said...

Awww, this is soo lovely. Very nice choice!

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