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==Events of the Novels==
 
==Events of the Novels==
 
===The Fiery Cross===
 
===The Fiery Cross===
[[Jamie Fraser]] picks up Adso on the road after the gathering, intending him to keep mice out of Claire's surgery. Jamie suggests that she name her new pet Adso, after his mother's cat. Adso takes up semi-permanent residence in a cupboard in Claire's surgery.
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[[Jamie Fraser]] picks up Adso on the road after the Gathering, intending him to keep mice out of Claire's surgery. Jamie suggests that she name her new pet Adso, after his mother's cat. Adso takes up semi-permanent residence in a cupboard in Claire's surgery.
   
When Rollo returns, Adso is initially suspicious of him.
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When [[Rollo]] returns, Adso is initially suspicious of him.
   
 
===A Breath of Snow and Ashes===
 
===A Breath of Snow and Ashes===
   
Adso has a slight fascination with Major McDonald, though his feelings aren't reciprocated. When McDonald moves too quickly, Adso digs his claws into his leg and knocks off Major McDonald's wig.
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Adso has a slight fascination with [[Donald MacDonald|Major MacDonald]], though his feelings aren't reciprocated. When MacDonald moves too quickly, Adso digs his claws into the Major's leg and knocks off his wig.
   
 
===An Echo in the Bone===
 
===An Echo in the Bone===
   
Claire is forced to leave Adso in the care of [[Amy Higgins]] when she and Jamie leave the Ridge.
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Claire is forced to leave Adso in the care of [[Amy Higgins]] when she and Jamie leave the [[Fraser's Ridge|Ridge]] in 1777.
   
 
===Written in My Own Heart's Blood===
 
===Written in My Own Heart's Blood===

Latest revision as of 21:43, February 14, 2020

Adso is Claire Fraser's pet cat.

Personal HistoryEdit

Jamie Fraser gives Adso to Claire Fraser in October 1770, just after the Gathering at Mount Helicon.

Events of the NovelsEdit

The Fiery CrossEdit

Jamie Fraser picks up Adso on the road after the Gathering, intending him to keep mice out of Claire's surgery. Jamie suggests that she name her new pet Adso, after his mother's cat. Adso takes up semi-permanent residence in a cupboard in Claire's surgery.

When Rollo returns, Adso is initially suspicious of him.

A Breath of Snow and AshesEdit

Adso has a slight fascination with Major MacDonald, though his feelings aren't reciprocated. When MacDonald moves too quickly, Adso digs his claws into the Major's leg and knocks off his wig.

An Echo in the BoneEdit

Claire is forced to leave Adso in the care of Amy Higgins when she and Jamie leave the Ridge in 1777.

Written in My Own Heart's BloodEdit

When Claire and Jamie arrive on the Ridge after their long absence, Claire is moved to the point of tears when Adso reappears at her side almost immediately.

PersonalityEdit

Adso is an adept mouser. He has a tendency to hide in cupboards and other unexpected places when the house is filled with people. He is fascinated with hair, whether wig or real. Adso is "tolerant of small children" like Jemmy.

Physical AppearanceEdit

Adso is "about the size of the average rat" when Claire first receives him, but Jamie says that the size of Adso's feet indicate he will grow to be much larger. His eyes are celadon green.[1]

NameEdit

  • Jamie explains that Adso's name is a reference to an Austrian monk – a play on the similar pronunciations of Melk, the city in Austria, and milk, the substance. "Adso of Melk", however, is actually a reference to the narrator of Umberto Eco's 1980 novel Il nome della rosa (The Name Of The Rose), a historical murder mystery set in an Italian monastery in the year 1327. It was translated into English by William Weaver in 1983.[2]

TriviaEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Fiery Cross, chapter 18.
  2. The Name of the Rose via Wikipedia.
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