Quotes: Jamie & Lord John (33 quotes)

"I owe you my life," he said formally. "I should greatly prefer not to, but since you have forced the gift upon me, I must regard it as a debt of honor. I shall hope to discharge that debt in the future, and once it is discharged..." The boy's voice shook slightly with suppressed hatred, losing all its assumed formality in the utter sincerity of his feelings. "...I'll kill you!"

Jamie rose from the log to his full height. His face was calm, free of any taint of amusement. He inclined his head gravely to his departing prisoner. "In that case, sir, I must hope that we do not meet again."
---Jamie & Lord John in Dragonfly in Amber, Chapter 36
Book Category: Oaths [Comments]


“I did not threaten you!” The edge of the letter-opener was cutting into his hand; he was forced to loosen his grip. 

“Did ye no? Well, and I’m pleased to hear it.” Fraser turned toward the door. “In that case, Major, I shall bid ye good night.”
---Jamie & Lord John in Voyager, Chapter 9
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“I fear you take me at a disadvantage, Mr. Fraser,” he said coolly, fastening his breeches with as much self-possession as he could muster. 

The Scot’s eyes were the only part of him to move, down over Grey and slowly back up. Looked over his shoulder, to where six armed soldiers stood, pointing their muskets. Dark blue eyes met his, straight on. At last, the edge of Fraser’s mouth twitched, and he said, “I think ye take me at the same, Major.”
---Jamie & Lord John in Voyager, Chapter 9
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“That is possibly the most outrageous thing I have heard in my life!” 

“Your life has been rather brief, then, Major,” Fraser said. “If you will pardon my saying so.”
---Jamie & Lord John in Voyager, Chapter 10
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“Stand here, sir!” 

“I am not a dog, Major!” Jamie snapped. “Ye’ll do as ye like wi’ me, but I’ll no come when ye call me to heel!”
---Jamie & Lord John in Voyager, Chapter 10
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“I cannot tell you, Major.” 

“Cannot or will not?” Grey asked sharply. 

“It doesna seem a useful distinction, Major, as ye willna hear anything, either way.” He closed his eyes and waited, trying to soak up as much heat as possible before they took him away. 

Grey found himself at a loss, both for words and action. Stubborn does not begin to describe it, Quarry had said. It didn’t.
---Jamie & Lord John in Voyager, Chapter 10
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"Or do you not think that the character of an author shows in the construction of his work?” 

“Given some of the characters that I have seen appear in plays and novels, Major, I should think the author a bit depraved who drew them entirely from himself, no?”
---Jamie & Lord John in Voyager, Chapter 10
Book Category: Poetry and Writing [Comments]


“I shall not ask you again why you left the prison,” he had said, calmly conversational. “But I will ask you—why did you come back?” 

Fraser had frozen briefly, startled. He turned back and met Grey’s eyes directly. For a moment he said nothing. Then his mouth curled up in a smile. “I suppose I must value the company, Major; I can tell ye, it’s not the food.”
---Jamie & Lord John in Voyager, Chapter 10
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“No,” he said softly. He smiled without humor. “Your brother verra stubbornly refused to shoot me. I wasna inclined to be grateful for the favor at the time.”
---Jamie & Lord John in Voyager, Chapter 11
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“I think perhaps the greatest burden lies in caring for those we cannot help.” 

“Not in having no one for whom to care?” 

Fraser paused before answering; he might have been weighing the position of the pieces on the table. “That is emptiness,” he said at last, softly. “But no great burden.”
---Jamie & Lord John in Voyager, Chapter 11
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There was a shifting and a muttering among the ranks of the prisoners; there was little actual movement, but Grey could feel the alignment changing, as though they were in fact drawing toward Fraser, circling him, embracing him. The circle had broken and re-formed, and he was alone outside it. Jamie Fraser had gone back to his own.
---Jamie & Lord John in Voyager, Chapter 12
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Grey was not sure at this point whether to laugh or cry. Instead, he reached a hand up and gently touched Jamie's cheek, fading now to its normal pale bronze. More quietly, he said, 'Besides, you cannot give me what you do not have.

Grey felt, rather than saw, the slight relaxation of tension in the tall body facing him.

'You shall have my friendship,' Jamie said softly, 'if that has any value to ye.'

'A very great value indeed.'
---Jamie & Lord John in Voyager, Chapter 59
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“I came this afternoon to give you some news of my own; I am to be married.” 

“Married?” The shock was plain on Fraser’s face. “To a woman?” 

“I think there are not many alternatives,” Grey replied dryly. 

“But yes, since you ask, to a woman. To the Lady Isobel.”
---Jamie & Lord John in Voyager, Chapter 59
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“Ye dinna want me, then?” 

Grey got to his feet, dusting the seat of his breeches. “I shall probably want you to the day I die,” he said matter-of-factly. “But tempted as I am—” He shook his head, brushing wet grass from his hands. 

“Do you really think that I would demand—or accept—any payment for such a service?” he asked. “Really, I should feel my honor most grossly insulted by that offer, save that I know the depth of feeling which prompted it.” 

“Aye, well,” Jamie muttered. “I didna mean to insult ye.”
---Jamie & Lord John in Voyager, Chapter 59
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'Is that right?' he said at last. 'Let you be taken, watch them hang you, and keep quiet about it- for fear of smirching my reputation? For God's sake, Jamie, what do you take me for?'

Jamie's mouth twitched slightly. 'For a friend, John,' he said. 'And if I'll take your friendship- and your damned boat!- then you'll take mine, and keep quiet. Aye?'

The governor glared at him for a moment, lips pressed tight, but then his shoulders sagged in defeat. 'I will,' he said shortly. 'But I should regard it as a great personal favor if you would endeavor not to be captured'
---Jamie & Lord John in Voyager, Chapter 62
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"Between fear of the Maroons and fear of the Chinaman, the whole island is in such a panic that a mere smuggler is the most negligible of trivialities.” 

“It’s a great relief to me to be thought trivial,” Jamie said, very dryly.
---Jamie & Lord John in Voyager, Chapter 62
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"It's good to see ye, John- if only for the moment."

John's answering smile lit his eyes. He reached out a hand and touched Jamie's arm, very briefly, as though wishing to reassure himself that he was in fact solid.
---Jamie & Lord John in Echo in the Bone, Chapter 101
Book Category: Not Dead After All [Comments]


"I have had carnal knowledge of your wife," he blurted.

He had expected to die more or less instantaneously upon this utterance, but everything continued just as usual. Birds continued chirping in the trees, and the rip and slobber of the horses champing on the grass was the only sound above that of the rushing water. He opened one eye to find Jamie Fraser standing there regarding him, head to one side.

"Oh?" said Jamie curiously. "Why?"
---Jamie & Lord John in Echo in the Bone, Chapter 101
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“Call it the instinct of the hunted.” 

“Indeed. I am surprised that you allowed yourself to be cornered, as it were, your instincts being what they are.” 

“Aye, well, even foxes grow old, do they not?” Fraser said dryly.
---Jamie & Lord John in Echo in the Bone, Chapter 101
Book Category: Danger [Comments]


“I see,” he said, very dry. “So was I to kill him, ye’d be obliged to fight me? And if he killed me, ye’d fight him? And should we kill each other, what then?” 

“I suppose I’d call a surgeon to dispose of your bodies and then commit suicide,” Grey said, a little testily. “But let us not be rhetorical. You have no intent of calling him out, do you?
---Jamie & Lord John in The Scottish Prisoner, Chapter 10
Book Category: Humor [Comments]


“Rather fortunate that you were not transported after Culloden, then. I doubt you would have survived the voyage.” 

Jamie gave him a narrow look—it was owing to Grey’s personal intervention that he had not been transported, and he hadn’t been at all pleased at the time—but evidently Grey meant nothing now beyond the obvious, and he merely nodded, sipping coffee.
---Jamie & Lord John in The Scottish Prisoner, Chapter 15
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“I suppose it is frivolous to point out that assisting the king’s enemies—even by inaction—is treason,” he remarked eventually. 

“It is not frivolous to point out that I am a convicted traitor,” Fraser replied evenly. “Are there judicial degrees of that crime? Is it additive? Because when they tried me, all they said was ‘treason’ before putting a rope around my neck.
---Jamie & Lord John in The Scottish Prisoner, Chapter 16
Book Category: Deception and treason [Comments]


“Haven’t much faith in my powers of diplomacy, have you?” 

“No, and neither has your brother, or I wouldna be here.
---Jamie & Lord John in The Scottish Prisoner, Chapter 17
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If he himself had ventured to touch the man...

But I have.  If not directly. The open neck of the shirt had slipped back, and the faint glimmer of the scars showed once more.

Jamie's head turned, and his eyes opened, as though he had felt the pressure of Grey's gaze. He didn't speak but lay quiet, meeting John's eyes. Grey was conscious all at once of the silence; the pub's customers had all gone home, the landlord and his family retired for the night.

"I'm sorry," he said, very softly.

"Ego te absolvo," Fraser murmured, and shut his eyes.
---Jamie & Lord John in The Scottish Prisoner, Chapter 21
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“I shouldn’t have addressed you by name,” Grey said, low-voiced. “I’m sorry.” 

Fraser shrugged, eyes squinted against the gloom that cloaked the courtyard. It was not quite drizzling, but the slates gleamed dully with wet where the lantern light reached them. 

“Nay bother. There’re none sae many redheided Scotsmen o’ my size abroad in County Roscommon. It wouldna take them long to learn my name—and they wouldna require one to shoot me, in any case.
---Jamie & Lord John in The Scottish Prisoner, Chapter 25
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“You mean you think I was a fool to ask you to get me out of Athlone.” 

“If I thought that, I wouldna have done it,” Jamie said bluntly. “But I like to know why I’m riskin’ my life when I do it.
---Jamie & Lord John in The Scottish Prisoner, Chapter 27
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“It … wasna a scream of fear, or even anger. It … ehm … well, it was the way a woman will scream, sometimes, if she’s … pleased.” 

“In bed, you mean.” It wasn’t a question. “So do men. Sometimes.” 

You idiot! Of all the things you might have said … 

He would have berated himself further for having brought back the echo of his unfortunate remark in the stable at Helwater, that injudicious—that criminally stupid remark
---Jamie & Lord John in The Scottish Prisoner, Chapter 28
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“You could … have helped,” he said to Fraser.

“Ye managed brawly on your own,” Fraser assured him gravely, and to his mortification, Grey found that this word of praise gratified him exceedingly.
---Jamie & Lord John in The Scottish Prisoner, Chapter 28
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“If I thought that there was the slightest chance of success,” he said, “I should ha’ kept my own counsel. But there is not, and I know it. I canna let it happen again.” 

Grey heard the desolation in his voice and glanced briefly at Hal. Did his brother know the enormity of what Fraser had just done?
---Jamie & Lord John in The Scottish Prisoner, Chapter 31
Book Category: Jacobites and Jacobite cause [Comments]


"...Ye weren't dead when I picked ye up."

"You picked me up?"

"You asked me to, did you not?" Fraser gave him a look of mild exasperation. "Ye were bleeding like a stuck hog, but it wasna spurting out, and I could feel ye breathing and your heart beating all right while I carried ye back to the coach."

"Oh. Thank You." Dammit, couldn't he have waited a few moments longer to pass out?
---Jamie & Lord John in The Scottish Prisoner, Chapter 34
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“Would you warn him—if you could?” Grey asked. He oughtn’t, but was possessed by curiosity. 

“I would,” Fraser replied without hesitation. He turned round now and looked down at Grey, expressionless. “He was once my friend.” 

So was I, Grey thought, and took more brandy. Am I now again? But not even the most exigent curiosity would make him ask.
---Jamie & Lord John in The Scottish Prisoner, Chapter 34
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“Kyrie, eleison,” Fraser said at last, very quietly. Lord, have mercy. 

“Well enough for you,” Grey said without rancor. “It must help, to think there is some ultimate sense to things."
---Jamie & Lord John in The Scottish Prisoner, Chapter 35
Book Category: Religion [Comments]


“Ye killed him as an enemy, did ye not? The fact that he wasna one in fact is not your fault.” 

“That is a very specious argument.” 

“Doesna mean it’s not true.
---Jamie & Lord John in The Scottish Prisoner, Chapter 35
Book Category: War, Fighting and Violence [Comments]