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|Col. Brandon is an officer and a gentleman
Written by Janette K
(10/13/2006 8:04 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I'm with Elinor, penned by Tracy W
I think that the code of honor especially for officers in the army would require Brandon to issue a challenge if a lady under his charge was dishonored. It's going back a ways, but in Fielding's Tom Jones, when Jones briefly joins the army, he has a conversation about duelling with an officer who insists it is necessary for Jones to resolve a certain conflict by means of a duel. When Jones appeals to his Christian duty to forgive, the officer can only hope that there's a special allowance for officers because they are honor-bound to resent an insult.
If a duel was over a lady's honor, I think both gentlemen tried to conceal the cause of the quarrel for the sake of her reputation. Eliza's is lost, but she is at least living in privacy, not the topic of gossip to strangers, as would become the case if the duel and its cause were publicized in London society.
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