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Rachael How I've made sense of this is that the passing of time is the same, but there is no rule for how far back you will be sent into the past. Claire, however, seems to think focusing on a person as you go through the stones will bring you to a time they are alive. SHe talks about it towards the end of the book, I think.

Claire left in 1947 and arrived in 1743. Geillis may have left for the past after Claire did, but she was sent back in time farther than Claire. Therefore, Geillis was in the 18th century before Claire arrived. Now if Geillis traveled back through the stones from the 18th century, however long she was in the past would be how much time had passed in the future. For example, let's say Geillis was in the 18th century for 25 years. If she tried to come back to her original time period, 1967, she would arrive 25 years after 1967, in 1992.

Also, I believe the passing of time is only parallel for those that can travel through the stones. We know Jamie can't so he will have died long before 1947, when we see his ghost. Since he can't travel through time he can only be alive in one time period, the 18th century.
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