Interesting that I had just revisited this episode to remind myself of the part where Jamie had told Claire she had done the right thing—going back through the stones. The conversation sounds different with a few more episodes under our belt.
Your explanation of Jamie's feelings does explain that statement I couldn't make sense of:
Jamie: I never thought I'd laugh in a woman's bed again, Sassenach, or even come to one, save as a brute, blind with need.
Jamie always did have the heart of a poet when he speaks the depth of his feelings to Claire. Thanks t