Hi Bessthebard! Glad you joined us!
Oh oh, I've got some great news: I finally got my sister Minyacaliel to read the the Outlander!
I've tried for so long and now it's finally happening.
About Jamie beating Claire up, quite frankly I'm a little ashamed of how little it affected on my opinion of Jamie [I kind of madly fell in love with him at the first sight (or word, in this case)]. I know it's not really a good excuse to say that "that's how things were done back then" but it's true. Besides Jamie doesn't know yet that Claire is from the 20th century. He can't know that beating just isn't common where she's from. Not that it was ok to beat her if she, too, was from the 18th century...
I think the reason why I didn't get too much bothered about it was Jamie's amazingly moving vow to never do anything like that again [as Bess said already] and also the fact that he was kind of pushed to do that. I mean, the beating was a punishment for Claire beacuse she ran away, got captured and risked so many lives (when the men came to rescue her). If Jamie hadn't done a thing to his unobeyant wife, it wouldn't have been fair to his men. Jamie's always been such a great leader, always putting his men's interest first.