Thursday Quotables: “Virgins”/Dangerous Women


Welcome back to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!


“Virgins” by Diana Gabaldon
from the anthology Dangerous Women,
edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
Tor, 2013

“Ye dinna have to come in, man,” he said to Ian. “I can do it alone.”

Ian’s mouth twitched, but he shook his head and stepped up next to Jamie.

“On your right, man,” he said, simply. Jamie smiled. When he’d been five years old, Ian’s da, Auld John, had persuaded his own da to let Jamie handle a sword cack-handed, as he was wont to do. “And you, lad,” he’d said to Ian, very serious, “it’s your duty to stand on your laird’s right hand, and guard his weak side.”

“Aye,” Jamie said. “Right, then.” And rang the bell.

I’ve been walking on air all week, now that Dangerous Women is in my hands and I’ve been able to spend time once again with Jamie Fraser. “Virgins” is a story set prior to the events of Outlander, and it’s such a delight to see a younger version of Jamie and Ian — and the bonds of brotherhood and friendship between the two, rock solid since childhood.

And in case you’re wondering: “Cack-handed” means that Jamie is a leftie!

Click here if you’d like to see my initial thoughts on the Dangerous Women anthology.

What lines made you laugh, cry, or gasp this week? Do tell!

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10 thoughts on “Thursday Quotables: “Virgins”/Dangerous Women

  1. I’ve heard about Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander but sadly, I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. But your quote gave me a glimpse of the kind of writing that she has and it has me intrigued. Should I go for Outlander? 🙂

    Here’s my Quotable Thursday post 🙂

    • Ha, you’re definitely talking to an Outlander fan — so my answer is YES! Diana Gabaldon is an amazingly talented writer, and the series is fantastic. Terrific characters, compelling plot, interesting history as well. I hope you give it a try… and enjoy! 🙂 Thanks for posting!

  2. I’m so excited about the new Outlander series! The few glimpses we’ve gotten of Jamie so far are awesome… not exactly the guy in my head, but pretty darn close. What do you think of the casting?

    • I’m like you — he’s not how I’ve pictured Jamie while I’ve been reading, but I accept that the TV version will be different, and the more I see of Sam, the more I can picture him being great in the role. I’m really excited — and overall, from what I’ve seen, the casting is great! I was convinced as soon as they announced Tobias Menzies, actually — I think he’s perfect for his role. Can’t wait!

  3. Nice quote. I have not read much of this anthology yet but I look forward to delving into more of the stories soon. There is a lot of talent here and I imagine some real gems. Glad the Outlander story is good, it’s always nice to get a prequel or a little sampler of what came before favorite stories.

    • I’ve read five of the stories so far, and I think this is one of those books that I’ll just keep handy for a while. I don’t have the patience to read too many stories in a row, but it’ll be fun to pop in and out and read whatever grabs my attention!

  4. Here is one of my favorite quotes from Christopher Morley’s Parnassus on Wheels:
    “Lord!” he said, “when you sell a man a book you don’t sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue—you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humor and ships at sea by night—there’s all heaven and earth in a book, a real book I mean….”

    • Weeelll, I’m of two minds here! I don’t think there’s any real reason not to read the short story first — it’s a prequel, so it takes place before the events in Outlander. But, in the story certain events are described that we only find out about in bits and pieces in Outlander, and I’d worry that the impact in Outlander might be diminished by reading the story first. Not a big deal — but just something to think about. In any case, I hope you enjoy Diana Gabaldon’s writing! I still have a ton of stories left to read in Dangerous Women, but I like what I’ve read so far!

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