Thursday Quotables: The Custom of the Army


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!

The Custom of the Army

The Custom of the Army by Diana Gabaldon
(Novella originally published 2010 in the Warriors anthology)

All things considered, it was probably the fault of the electric eel.

This novella fits into the Outlander series as an interlude in the life of Lord John Grey. It’s a compact adventure, full of Lord John’s trademark understated humor and intelligence. There’s so much to love about this character, and I especially enjoy the snippets showing John and his older brother Hal, Duke of Pardloe:

“In Canada?” John’s exclamation startled Dottie, who crumpled up her face and threatened to cry.
“Hush, sweetheart.” Hal jiggled faster, hastily patting her back. “It’s all right; only Uncle John being an ass.”

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

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8 thoughts on “Thursday Quotables: The Custom of the Army

  1. It made me laugh 🙂

    Diana Gabaldon is another of those authors I’ve always meant to read and still havent… which is weird, considering my fashination with Scottland.
    Do I understand it right? Is it a time travel novel?

    • Yes… plus a lot more! Outlander is one of my very favorite things, so I may gush a bit. It’s historical fiction, with a time travel element, amazing characters, great writing… The Lord John books are spun off from the main series, so if you’re at all interested, start with Outlander and take it from there!

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  3. Hmm, I’ve always heard bits and pieces about the Outlander series, but I never knew it was funny. I always assumed it was more like Game of Thrones in tone, which isn’t a bad thing (I love Game of Thrones) but still…wow, I really want to read these now.

    • Well…. it is a dramatic story, but the dialogue and the characters are smart and often funny. I’m always coming across lines and conversations that crack me up — but there’s a lot that brings me to tears as well. Give it a shot!! (Obviously, I’m a big fan — but I do love encouraging people to read it for the 1st time!)

      • It sounds great. I love books like that. It kind of reminds me of American Gods. Like it’s not a typically funny book, and has lots of action, but you still find yourself laughing at parts.

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