DittyDotDot November 28, 2015 Share November 28, 2015 Hmmmm. Didn't John only visit the Ridge once, when William was 14 or so? Were the Ardsmuir men already living on the Ridge at that point? It's been a long time since I read those books but I definitely do not recollect John coming in contact with anyone else from Ardsmuir, so that makes me think that Jamie had not found any of them yet. Alternatively, they could have simply elected to keep their distance from a visiting Lord John out of respect for Jamie's friendship with the man, inexplicable as it may have been to them. He was Mac Dubh, after all -- the man who watched over them while in prison and who had sought them out to give them a home in the new world. They might be amazed by Jamie's friendship with John but they certainly would not openly express any disapproval of it. No, the Ardsmuir men were not on the Ridge yet. John visited them just after their first winter; just as Jamie sent Duncan out to find tenants. I wonder if they even know Jamie is friends with Lord John? I just think it would be interesting to see John come face to face with some of the prisoners now they were free men. I mean, some of those men were children when they went to prison and spent almost more of their lives as prisoners than as free men. It's not John's fault they were prisoners, but I can't imagine how he wouldn't represent that to them anyway. Plus, I think it would be interesting for Jamie to try and explain his friendship with their former jailer. I don't think Jamie even understands how they can be friends, sometimes. Link to comment
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