So, now I have new things to ponder and battle with myself over. I cut the trip to Isaac's house to get Jacob and Jael to the Grange faster. I'm dangerously close to cutting Isaac out entirely. He was never a big part of the story, sadly. He was always intended to be the boy who 'could have been'. I really want to have that in the book but I'm concerned that sub-plot, if that's what it is, is bogging things down.
I don't want to cut Isaac entirely. I think it's important to show that Jacob has friends and to contrast Jacob's emerging manhood with Isaac's boyishness. I just need to figure out a way to do that without getting in the way. Maybe I can move the trip to Isaac's farm to after the 'inciting incident' in the Grange. Hmmm. More thinking required.