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|The gravity of Colonel Brandon...
Written by janelt
(9/8/2009 12:38 a.m.)
My GR focus being Col Brandon, it's with great relief that I welcomed his slow shuffle into the story in Ch 7. Unfortunately it wasn't a Queen of Sheba entrance. No, to wit, his external features were described as:
- silent and grave
However, we also see some positive internal characteristics:
- his appearance was not unpleasing (disposition?)
CB's first encounter with Marianne was particularly interesting b/c Marianne noticed him and JA's descripton of CB continued through Marianne's eyes:
Marianne respected him for his rapt attention at the pianoforte as she played (which made me suspect he was sitting clearly where they could see each other).
But she also viewed CB with a sense of "you poor old man" when "she was perfectly disposed to make every allowance for the colonel's advanced state of life which humanity required."
The first impressions of CB (again, through Marianne's eyes) continued in Ch 8:
- he was old enough to be [her] father
Poor CB. Written off so quickly in the game.
On the other side of the coin, what could CB be thinking? There was nothing in the text to imply anything (since the POV wasn't CB's this week, and CB hadn't spoken a word thus far), except perhaps these:
- he was mesmerized by Marianne
It would not surprise me if the thoughts going through CB's mind as he sat there watching Marianne play the pianoforte included a quick computation on their age difference (if somehow Sir John Middleton, loquacious as he was, had divulged that bit of information, or if CB himself ventured to guess). Was it 18 years? Oh boy, did CB want to rob the cradle? LOL.
I look forward to what other nuggets we shall unearth about CB's character. However, in Ch 1-8, did I miss anything? Thanks for pointing out any CB traits I might have skipped over accidentally.
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