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|It'd be a bigger lapse of gentlemanliness to imply so!
Written by Tom P2
(9/28/2009 7:32 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, "Is your sister ill?", penned by Barbara
I take it you mean Eliza II and pregnancy. The resemblance between Eliza I and Marianne is openly mentioned ("... Hers, for me, was, I believe, fervent as the attachment of your sister to Mr. Willoughby, and it was, though from a different cause, no less unfortunate. ..." --ch31), so isn't so much of a subject for wondering.
It's only a small lapse, if Colonel Brandon has a moment of visceral alarm and forgets to say hello. For me, that's far more plausible than his going through a longer thought process, speculating about the cause of Marianne's altered looks, guessing at pregnancy, and then not taking a little more time to censor himself.
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