Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you haven’t seen Outlander Season 201, Ep. 4 – “La Dame Blanche.”
The Frasers have a very peculiar type of luck. Things tend to go very, very well for them… until they start going horribly, devastatingly wrong. But, there is hardly ever any middle ground.
This week, things started out conveniently well. After months of gathering what seemed inconsequential information, the stars aligned and it appeared that everything both Claire and Jamie had learned during their time in France was the perfect ammunition to stall the rebellion.
First, knowing that Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Duke of Sandringham were two vastly different men, they planned a dinner party that would introduce the two and hopefully serve to dissuade the Duke from investing in the Prince’s war chest. And, honestly, that probably would have worked all on its own, but the Frasers were in for another stroke of unbelievable luck.
Claire’s only friend in Paris, Louise de Rohan, confessed to Claire that she was pregnant with her lover’s child. Claire convinced Louise to keep the baby and convince her husband it was his (with lots of lovely foreshadowing for the dilemma Claire will later put Frank in) before figuring out that the biological father in question was the Bonnie Prince. So, another invitation was sent to the de Rohans and the table was set to reveal the pregnancy publically to Prince Charlie to provoke him into showing his true, crazy colors to the Duke who would then wisely chose not to fund his war.
A masterful plan to be sure, but the pile of good fortune the Frasers were riding on had gotten too high not to come crashing down in typical form. And that form came in the guise of Comte St. Germain, the moustache-twirling villain who vowed to destroy the Frasers mere hours after meeting them.
However, his methods for destroying them are strange to say the least. First, he attempted to poison Claire in the middle of the chess room in Versailles. Then, he (probably) broke their carriage wheel and set thugs upon Claire, Muragh and Mary Hawkins to rape and/or kill them. These are not methods of destruction that seem typical for a gentleman of St. Germain’s ilk.
So perhaps they were not his handiwork after all. The men who attacked Claire in the street ran off when her hood was dropped, carrying on about “la dame blanche,” which means the white lady. If they had been hired to attack Claire specifically, why would they be surprised by her appearance? Also, since pretty much everyone in Paris is white, the name must hold some other sort of significance.
Either way, Claire managed to not be raped or killed (good luck), but Mary was, which caused her to go into a form of shock, which resulted in poor Alex Randall being accused of raping her and started a brawl in the middle of dinner. Then both the Duke and the Prince slipped out before the scene the Frasers hoped to have caused got to play out (bad luck).
True, after only a few hours in his company the Duke could still decide not to fund Prince Charlie, but since the Fraser’s luck appears to be in downswing, that doesn’t seem likely.
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