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Written by Deborah d'Bajor
(10/10/2006 4:41 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, A tale of two Elizas, penned by Barbara
You're right that the first Eliza does make us sympathetic to the Colonel. Also, it brings in Marianne's disapproval of second attachments - remember in an earlier chapter Col B quizzing (!) Elinor on the minutae of Marianne's convictions. Is a second attachment equally deplorable in everyone?!
I also think that if there had been no first Eliza, how would there have been a link between Col B and the second Eliza? It all fits in with the deception and secrecy in the novel, doesn't it? Col B has a secret (possibly?) lost love (well, sir John never mentions it!). He has a Ward, who is obviously known about by the Barton family, but Mrs Jennings suspects she is Col B's illigitimate daughter. Obviously he doesn't want to comment on her conjectures!
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