My son is 11 years old and thinks my obsession with Outlander is pretty stupid. Today I came across a passage in the fifth Outlander novel, The Fiery Cross, that may have changed his mind just a wee bit. He gave me a knowing grin when I showed it to him. It happens to be one of his favorite sayings. 😉
From page 120 of Diana Gabaldon’s The Fiery Cross:
“I met a man from Boston, last time I went to Charlotteville,” Ronnie said, his foxy brows drawn down in disapproval. He tugged, trying to free his arm from Jamie’s grip, but to no avail. “He said to me as it was his custom to have beans at his breakfast, and oysters to his supper, and so he’d done every day since he was a wean. A wonder he hadna blown up like a pig’s bladder, filled wi’ such wretched stuff as that!”
“Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart,” I said cheerily, seizing the opening. “The more you eat, the more you fart. The more you fart, the better you feel — so let’s have beans for every meal!“
Ronnie’s mouth dropped open, as did Mrs. Lindsay’s. Jamie whooped with laughter, and Mrs. Lindsay’s look of astonishment dissolved into a booming laugh. After a moment, Ronnie rather reluctantly joined in, a small grin twisting up the corner of his mouth.