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Written by Amanda McG
(10/12/2006 1:14 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The duel, penned by Barbara
I've always wondered about this duel myself, because I imagined that Brandon's goal isn't really to kill Willoughby, but rather to get him to marry poor Eliza. I wouldn't expect Brandon to give all the details to Elinor, but I imagine that there was some sort of altercation at the site. Since Brandon pointedly says that they were not wounded, I figure that Brandon was intending merely to scare Willoughby, and probably fired a warning shot. Willoughby, for his part, was probably more wrapped up in the romantic idea of a duel of honor than anything else. Although he's a fine sportsman, I wonder if he would have had the nerve to fire accurately at a man when the time came.
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