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message 1: by Judith (new)

Judith | 26 comments Yi Tien Cho, or Mr. Willoughby, appears to be an unpopular character among the readers. However, I found him to be quite fascinating. I truly expect to see him appear in at least one of the future books. What do you think?


message 2: by Mishelle (new)

Mishelle LaBrash (mishalabrash) | 397 comments Judith wrote: "Yi Tien Cho, or Mr. Willoughby, appears to be an unpopular character among the readers. However, I found him to be quite fascinating. I truly expect to see him appear in at least one of the futur..."

I enjoyed his character, as well. I fully believe the wee man, will appear again...


message 3: by Lori (new)

Lori (lahood) | 217 comments I liked My Willoughby too!
I don't know if we will see him again though. I believe he was happy to part ways with all of the dirty, heathen Scots. ;)


message 4: by Leea, Escape Artist (new)

Leea | 1239 comments Shell wrote: "Judith wrote: "Yi Tien Cho, or Mr. Willoughby, appears to be an unpopular character among the readers. However, I found him to be quite fascinating. I truly expect to see him appear in at least o..."

He was a great character for sure and i agree with you Shell - he will be back again with his little bird :)


message 5: by Barbara ★ (new)

Barbara ★ I agree with all of you. He was too interesting a character to just disappear. He'll be back but when and where that is the question.


Heather (Let's-Go-Pens-We're-Gonna-Take-This-One) I liked Mr. Willoughby too but he always made me feel sad. His story was heart breaking.


message 7: by Heather (last edited May 04, 2010 03:49PM) (new)

Heather | 120 comments I liked Mr. Willoughby's charater a lot. I think he brought a great dynamic to the story. I disliked his foot fetish as I do not like feet but for me it really helped me relate to how Claire may have felt reuniting with Jamie after 20 years. Your nervous, scared, and most of all I would feel like an outlander and she is reunited with Jamie and his little FOREIGNER. If he could adjust, then she could to. Great move!
This may have been discussed already but I did not believe or didn’t want to believe he murdered the woman in the powder room. Did I miss something that confirmed that he had?


message 8: by Judith (last edited May 04, 2010 04:31PM) (new)

Judith | 26 comments Heather wrote: "I liked Mr. Willoughby's charater a lot. I think he brought a great dynamic to the story. I disliked his foot fetish as I do not like feet but for me it really helped me relate to how Claire may ha..."

There is a discussion between Mr. Willoughby and Claire. It was the Reverend (brother of the mad woman) who was the "fiend" in Edinburgh and also the murderer of the woman at the party on the island. Mr. Willoughby saved Claire from the Reverend at Mrs. "Abernethy"s house then explained what happened to the woman at the party. He stated his debt to Jamie was now paid when he saved Claire. Then he departed.


message 9: by EvaS (new)

EvaS (evikes) | 345 comments I am also a fan of Mr. Willoughby and agree with your points - I hope he comes back.... I found him really odd at the start but he grew on me and then I was really sad about his situation. I hope she finds a way to weave him back into the story.


message 10: by Heather (last edited May 04, 2010 06:17PM) (new)

Heather | 120 comments Judith wrote: "Heather wrote: "I liked Mr. Willoughby's charater a lot. I think he brought a great dynamic to the story. I disliked his foot fetish as I do not like feet but for me it really helped me relate to h..."

Judith Thanks! It has all come back to me. Your recap was great and I was able to replay back all the scenes in my mind. I'm just a dead head today. :p


message 11: by Rachel (new)

Rachel | 24 comments I really liked Mr. Willoughby as well. I've talked to many people who didn't like him, and sure, he was kind of an insignificant character in the grand scheme of things. But those are the characters that I find I love the most. I keep wondering if Diana is going to bring him back. But something tells me no.


message 12: by Mirely (new)

Mirely (rumor_has_it) | 45 comments I also liked Mr. Willoughby but was saddened by his perception of Jamie.


message 13: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 1124 comments I didn't see his foot fetish so much as a fetish but rather a cultural difference - all well-monied women in china had that feet bound for that reason - it was seen as being a sign of prosperity...so it was something that he had seen growing up and was exposed to

I read a book a while back called The Binding Chair or, A Visit from the Foot Emancipation Society which was enlightening on the whole aspect of it...but I do think we'll see him again, just not sure where


message 14: by Amy (new)

Amy (amyrica) Dee, his fetish was with what he liked to DO with womens' feet.


message 15: by Jen (at last!) (new)

Jen (at last!) (jenkeith) | 1052 comments Amy wrote: "Dee, his fetish was with what he liked to DO with womens' feet."

Hahahahaha! Well said, Amy!


message 16: by Wendy F, biblioholic (new)

Wendy F (blessedwannab) | 3151 comments Yep, with that hole that their bound feet made.


message 17: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 1124 comments I know that and research says that is part of the reason why they do that


message 18: by Jen (at last!) (last edited Sep 13, 2011 04:03PM) (new)

Jen (at last!) (jenkeith) | 1052 comments Wendy F wrote: "Yep, with that hole that their bound feet made."

I think more than anything that is what creeps people out about Mr. Willoughby. lol


message 19: by Wendy F, biblioholic (last edited Sep 14, 2011 08:22AM) (new)

Wendy F (blessedwannab) | 3151 comments You're probably right, Dee. Still, I think I'd still count that as a fetish.

I was never creeped out by Mr. Willoughby. He just made me feel sad for him. When he told the story about how he was run out of town and how he's despised now because of his culture when he used to be revered. I just felt bad for him.


message 20: by Jen (at last!) (new)

Jen (at last!) (jenkeith) | 1052 comments He never creeped me out. I think his foot fetish could be a little off putting to some readers, though. It's all about what you like or don't like as a reader. Everyone gets a different experience reading the same material. That's why I love DG's writing so much!

He did have such a sad story. I liked how DG had that whole West meets East dynamic between Jamie and Willoughby. They both viewed the other as different and a might bit strange.


message 21: by Wendy F, biblioholic (new)

Wendy F (blessedwannab) | 3151 comments I loved that too, but somehow they still managed to make for an interesting friendship. Each disdaining each other.


message 22: by Jen (at last!) (new)

Jen (at last!) (jenkeith) | 1052 comments Yes, Wendy, that's exactly it! Disdain. Teehee...


message 23: by LH (new)

LH | 17 comments In the Outlandish Companion, DG says that she was reading a book, The Sex LIfe of the Foot and Shoe and that inspired parts of Mr. Willoughby's character. So I had to read it too. It was fascinating, and written by a podiatrist! I'd highly recommend it.


message 24: by Kelly (new)

Kelly (kayfraybooks) | 3 comments I don't really understand why he was talking about Jamie killing his soul and all the talk about ghosts. Maybe I am looking too much into it and it is simply him saying that he felt like a ghost.

To me it seemed that Jamie was very kind to him.


message 25: by Linda (new)

Linda Bridges (lindajoyb) | 18 comments I had forgotten about him; then I re-read Voyager and honestly one of the times I laughed out loud was when he told Claire that he had "healthy balls" (meaning his medical balls that he carried), but she didn't get it that way. One of the things I love about the series is the interplay between cultures and time periods and the misunderstandings that arise. In Drums of Autumn, I just re-read the part where Jamie is scandalized that Claire would ever have walked around in pants in public.


message 26: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Varner | 6 comments I think he was a very interesting character. I felt sorry for him. He had lost everything and tried to carry on. The Scots thought him as strange as he thought them, but the interaction was interesting.


Cate (The Professional Fangirl) (chaostheory08) LOL he's one of the main reasons why I want Outlander (TV series) to have a 3rd season!


message 28: by Rowena (new)

Rowena | 15 comments He was one of the reason Voyager was my favorite of all books. the other was because it was the reunion book and was set in the sea.


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