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Written by Mandy N
(10/12/2006 4:39 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The duel, penned by Barbara
I've heard one theory that Willoughby as the challenged party had the right of the first shot but delouped i.e shot at the ground.
So both men came away having fired, but unharmed.
Women derived little, if any, benefit from duels. If a father or guardian fought a duel, it did not restore the reputation of a ward or daughter, which could only be redeemed by marriage.
To speculate, I doubt Colonel Brandon wanted to force Willoughby to marry Eliza, even with a baby. He had the example of his older brother and the first Eliza.
However, as has been mentioned in this discussion Willoughby really seems to dislike and be jealous of Brandon.
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