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Written by Mandy N
(10/22/2006 7:40 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Col. Brandon's Offer, penned by BarbaraB
I think Colonel Brandon was impressed how Edward intended to honour his engagement to Lucy, despite family disapproval and being disinherited.
As Col. Brandon knew Edward intended to take orders, he realized as Edward was honest and loyal, he showed qualities of a potentially worthy clergyman.
Col. Brandon is unaware of the situation of Edward and Lucy or Elinor's feelings. he cannot know of additional pain to Elinor by asking her to be his emissary- Esp. when Mrs Jennings remarks she's sure that she'll soon be paying a visit to the Delaford Parsonage as Lucy can manage a small income.
Col. Brandon is a kind man of great social tact. he would be horrified to realize his good intentions cause pain to Elinor whom he considers as a friend.
On the point of Col. Brandon not having seen Edward before, I think you are technically right, at least in the Georgian era sense.
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