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       Written in My Own Heart's Blood, p.1

          part  #8 of  Outlander Series  by  Diana Gabaldon / Fantasy / History & Fiction



Written in My Own Heart’s Blood is a work of fiction.



Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events or locales is entirely coincidental.



Copyright © 2014 by Diana Gabaldon



Title page art from an original photograph by Laura Shreck



All rights reserved.



Published in the United States by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company, New York.



DELACORTE PRESS and the HOUSE colophon are registered trademarks of Random House LLC.



LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING-IN-PUBLICATION DATA



Gabaldon, Diana.



Written in my own heart’s blood : a novel / Diana Gabaldon.



pages cm



ISBN 978-0-385-34443-2



eBook ISBN 978-0-440-24644-2



1. Philadelphia (Pa.)—History—Revolution, 1775–1783—Fiction.



2. United States—History—Revolution, 1775–1783—Fiction. 3. Scottish



Americans—Fiction. 4. Time travel—Fiction. I. Title.



PS3557.A22W85 2014



813′.54—dc23 2013043591



www.bantamdell.com



Author photo: © Doug Watkins



Jacket design: Marietta Anastassatos



Jacket illustration: © Robert Hunt; Symbol of octothorpe © Conrad Altmann



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CONTENTS







Cover



Title Page



Copyright



An Outlander Family Tree



Prologue



PART ONE



Nexus







1: A HUNDREDWEIGHT OF STONES



2: DIRTY BASTARD



3: IN WHICH THE WOMEN, AS USUAL, PICK UP THE PIECES



4: DON’T ASK QUESTIONS YOU DON’T WANT TO HEAR THE ANSWERS TO



5: THE PASSIONS OF YOUNG MEN



6: UNDER MY PROTECTION



7: THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF ILL-CONSIDERED ACTIONS



8: HOMO EST OBLIGAMUS AEROBE (“MAN IS AN OBLIGATE AEROBE”)—HIPPOCRATES



9: A TIDE IN THE AFFAIRS OF MEN



10: THE DESCENT OF THE HOLY GHOST UPON A RELUCTANT DISCIPLE



11: REMEMBER PAOLI!



12: EINE KLEINE NACHTMUSIK



13: MORNING AIR AWASH WITH ANGELS



14: INCIPIENT THUNDER



15: AN ARMY ON THE MOVE



16: ROOM FOR SECRETS



17: FREEDOM!



18: NAMELESS, HOMELESS, DESTITUTE, AND VERY DRUNK INDEED



19: DESPERATE MEASURES



20: OF CABBAGES AND KINGS



21: BLOODY MEN



22: THE GATHERING STORM



23: IN WHICH MRS. FIGG TAKES A HAND



24: WELCOME COOLNESS IN THE HEAT, COMFORT IN THE MIDST OF WOE



25: GIVE ME LIBERTY …



PART TWO



Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch …







26: A STEP INTO THE DARK



27: NOTHING’S SO HARD BUT SEARCH WILL FIND IT OUT



28: WARMER, COLDER



29: RETURN TO LALLYBROCH



30: LIGHTS, ACTION, SIRENS



31: THE SHINE OF A ROCKING HORSE’S EYES



32: “FOR MANY MEN WHO STUMBLE AT THE THRESHOLD ARE WELL FORETOLD THAT DANGER LURKS WITHIN”



33: IT’S BEST TO SLEEP IN A HALE SKIN



34: SANCTUARY



35: AN GEARASDAN



36: THE SCENT OF A STRANGER



37: COGNOSCO TE



38: THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST



39: THE GHOST OF A HANGIT MAN



40: ANGELS UNAWARE



41: IN WHICH THINGS CONVERGE



42: ALL MY LOVE



43: APPARITION



44: AMPHISBAENA



45: THE CURE OF SOULS



46: BABY JESUS, TELL ME …



PART THREE



A Blade Fresh-Made from the Ashes of the Forge







47: SOMETHING SUITABLE IN WHICH TO GO TO WAR



48: JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT



49: UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE



50: THE GOOD SHEPHERD



51: SCROUNGING



52: MORPHIA DREAMS



53: TAKEN AT A DISADVANTAGE



54: IN WHICH I MEET A TURNIP



55: VESTAL VIRGINS



56: STINKING PAPIST



57: DO NOT GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT



58: CASTRAMETATION



59: A DISCOVERY IN THE RANKS



60: QUAKERS AND QUARTERMASTERS



61: A VISCOUS THREE-WAY



62: THE MULE DISLIKES YOU



63: AN ALTERNATE USE FOR A PENIS SYRINGE



64: THREE HUNDRED AND ONE



65: MOSQUITOES



66: WAR PAINT



67: REACHING FOR THINGS THAT AREN’T THERE



PART FOUR



Day of Battle







68: GO OUT IN DARKNESS



69: SPARROW-FART



70: A SINGLE LOUSE



71: FOLIE À TROIS



72: MORASSES AND IMBROGLIOS



73: PECULIAR BEHAVIOR OF A TENT



74: THE SORT OF THING THAT WILL MAKE A MAN SWEAT AND TREMBLE



75: THE CIDER ORCHARD



76: THE DANGERS OF SURRENDER



77: THE PRICE OF BURNT SIENNA



78: IN THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME



79: HIGH NOON



80: PATER NOSTER



81: AMONG THE TOMBSTONES



PART FIVE



Counting Noses







82: EVEN PEOPLE WHO WANT TO GO TO HEAVEN DON’T WANT TO DIE TO GET THERE



83: SUNDOWN



84: NIGHTFALL



85: LONG ROAD HOME



86: IN WHICH ROSY-FINGERED DAWN SHOWS UP MOB-HANDED



87: MOONRISE



88: A WHIFF OF ROQUEFORT



89: ONE DAY, COCK OF THE WALK—NEXT DAY, A FEATHER DUSTER



90: IT’S A WISE CHILD WHO KNOWS HIS FATHER



91: KEEPING SCORE



92: I WILL NOT HAVE THEE BE ALONE



93: THE HOUSE ON CHESTNUT STREET



94: THE SENSE OF THE MEETING



A CODA IN THREE-TWO TIME



PART SIX



The Ties That Bind







95: THE BODY ELECTRIC



96: NAY GREAT SHORTAGE OF HAIR IN SCOTLAND



97: A MAN TO DO A MAN’S JOB



98: THE WALL



99: RADAR



100: BE THOSE THY BEASTS?



101: JUST ONE CHANCE



102: POSTPARTUM



103: SOLSTICE



104: THE SUCCUBUS OF CRANESMUIR



105: NO A VERY GOOD PERSON



106: A BROTHER OF THE LODGE



107: THE BURYING GROUND



108: REALITY IS THAT WHICH, WHEN YOU STOP BELIEVING IN IT, DOESN’T GO AWAY



109: FROTTAGE



110: THE SOUNDS THAT MAKE UP SILENCE



PART SEVEN



Before I Go Hence







111: A DISTANT MASSACRE



112: DAYLIGHT HAUNTING



113: THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH



114: BELIEF IS A WISE WAGER



115: THE RAVELED SLEEVE OF CARE



116: A-HUNTING WE WILL GO



117: INTO THE BRIAR PATCH



118: THE SECOND LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS



119: “ALAS, POOR YORICK!”



120: A CRACKLING OF THORNS



121: WALKING ON COALS



122: HALLOWED GROUND



PART EIGHT



Search and Rescue







123: QUOD SCRIPSI, SCRIPSI



124: BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE LETTERS Q, E, AND D



125: SQUID OF THE EVENING, BEAUTIFUL SQUID



126: THE OGLETHORPE PLAN



127: PLUMBING



128: GIGGING FROGS



129: INVASION



130: A SOVEREIGN CURE



131: A BORN GAMBLER



132: WILL-O’-THE-WISP



133: LAST RESORT



134: LAST RITES



135: AMARANTHUS



136: UNFINISHED BUSINESS



PART NINE



“Thig crioch air an t-saoghal ach mairidh ceol agus gaol.”







137: IN THE WILDERNESS A LODGING PLACE



138: FANNY’S FRENULUM



139: A VISIT TO THE TRADING POST



140: WOMAN, WILT THOU LIE WITH ME?



141: THE DEEPEST FEELING ALWAYS SHOWS ITSELF IN SILENCE



142: THINGS COMING INTO VIEW



143: INTERRUPTUS



144: VISIT TO A HAUNTED GARDEN



145: AND YOU KNOW THAT



Author’s Notes



Dedication



Acknowledgments



Other Books by this Author



About the Author











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PROLOGUE









IN THE LIGHT OF eternity, time casts no shadow.



Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. But what is it that the old women see?

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