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|Yes, what if his leave had not been granted?
Written by Maisy
(10/5/2005 3:26 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I've always loved this story, penned by Joan Ellen
What if Wentworth had "gotten into trouble" for going to Benwick without awaiting the approval of his leave? What if his leave had not been granted after all? This admirable gesture of devotion could have turned into a serious problem for CW with the Admiralty. (e.g. Dereliction of duty, Absent without leave, or Desertion, or something along those lines? And like you, I also wonder about the penalties.)
Wouldn't Lady Russell have felt herself justified in her opinion of CW (reckless, perhaps even dangerous) if such a scandalous event had occurred?
Please understand; I am all admiration that CW shows such devotion and commitment toward his friend. But I also wonder what would have been his duty during that era. Would the navy have "been understanding" about CW's actions? Or would this event have been viewed as risky, rash, and even insubordinate? (if CW's leave had not come through?)
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