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4 Abbé Prévost Manon Lescaut (1731)[1]
Lord John peruses the volume while watching Mr. Beasley at work on Charles Carruthers' testimony against Gerald Siverly.
5 William Congreve The Mourning Bride, Act III, scene 2, and Act I, scene 1 (1697)[2][3]
Jamie thinks of the lines, as well as the full scene, while he drives Lady Isobel into town: "Heav'n has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn'd, / Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn'd."
7 Samuel Johnson / James Boswell Life of Samuel Johnson (1791)
Chapter title: When a Man Is Tired of London, He Is Tired of Life
9 Barthold Heinrich Brockes Irdisches Vergnügen in Gott (1721–1748)
Mr. Frobisher recites a German poem while dining with Lord John, Harry Quarry, and Stephan von Namtzen.
14 Julius Caesar Commentarii de Bello Gallico, Liber III.18 (58–49 BC)[4]
Lord John tells Jamie that his nephew, Benjamin, is reciting The Gallic War to Minerva, and he invariably loses his place at a certain passage: "Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt" (Men generally believe what they want to)
18 William Darrell The Gentleman Instructed in the conduct of a virtuous and happy life (1727, 9th edition)[5]
Tom Byrd reads aloud from the book while he, Lord John, Jamie, and Tobias Quinn sit round the fire.
John Arbuthnot An Essay Concerning the Nature of Aliments, and the Choice of Them, According to the Different Constitutions of Human Bodies (1731)[6]
Lord John reflects that he would rather listen to Tom's recitation from The Gentleman Instructed than the lad's usual favorite by Arbuthnot.
20 William Shakespeare Hamlet, Act I, scene 5, line 108 (ca. 1599)[7]
Jamie thinks of the line as he awaits his meeting with Gerald Siverly: "That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain."
22 Catullus Catullus 3[8]
Lord John thinks of the lines while walking to Glastuig to face Siverly: "Qui nunc it per iter tenebricosum / illuc, unde negant redire quemquam." (Now he goes along the dark road, thither whence they say no man returns.)
23 Bible Proverbs 28:1[9]
Lord John thinks of the verse while in pursuit of a fleeing Siverly: "The guilty flee where no man pursueth."
24 Homer / Alexander Pope Iliad, Book XVII (8th century BC, trans. 1715)[10]
Jamie reads the work in Greek while waiting for Lord John to return from Glastuig. The translation on the page is by Pope: "Not thus the lion glories in his might, / Nor panther braves his spotted foe in fight, / Nor thus the boar, those terrors of the plain; / Man only vaunts his force, and vaunts in vain."
28 Traditional "The Frog and Mouse"[11][12]
Lord John, feeling mildly dazed by the chorus of frogs surrounding him and Jamie, makes reference to the song ("Croakle dum-ho") and promises to sing it to Jamie later.
Bible Job 7:10[13]
Lord John says the verse to himself as he finishes searching Siverly's house: "And his place shall know him no more."
29 Rudyard Kipling "If—" (1895)
Lord John thinks of a line that would be good for a poem – "If you can hold on to your stomach when all about you are losing theirs..." – which would seem to be a parodied nod to Kipling's poem, published over a century later.
31 Edmund Burke A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful (1757)
Jamie emerges from Hal's library carrying the volume, at the sound of the latter's demand to know where "that bloody Scotchman" is.
Cicero Tusculanae Disputationes (45 BC)
Lord John is relieved that Jamie does not have Cicero's Disputations in hand, these being likely to inflict more damage as a weapon in the hands of the angry Scot.
32 Traditional / Dorothy L. Sayers "The Three Ravens"
Lord John thinks of the lines as he readies himself for the duel with Edward Twelvetrees: "God send each noble man at his end / Such hawks, such hounds, and such a friend."[14]
35 Bible 1 Corinthians 7:9[15]
Lord John reacts internally to Jamie's revelation that he has an "understanding" with a lady's maid at Helwater, thinking of the phrase "better to marry than burn."
Cicero "Sword of Damocles"
in Tusculanae Disputationes, Liber V.21 (45 BC)
Lord John compares the unpleasant necessity of meeting with Reginald Twelvetrees to Damocles' sword, or "a weight suspended by a spider's thread."
38 Bible Job 7:10[13]
Jamie thinks of the verse while contemplating the rhythms of a working farm such as Helwater, and feels certain that Lallybroch would absorb him back into its rhythm, should he ever return: "And his place shall know him no more."
41 Eliza Haywood Love in Excess; or, The Fatal Enquiry (1719-20)
Lord John is reading the novel in bed when Jamie arrives in the middle of the night to deposit Isobel Dunsany into John's care.

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