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|Excellent article on duelling!
Written by Rachel G
(9/30/2009 10:30 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Yes, he would have been tried, penned by Anselm
Thank you so much for posting this article Anselm. It is one of the best I have come across in relation to duelling in JA's work, focusing as it does on the custom in England, and setting it in the context of changing social attitudes.
One of the points I found particularly interesting was that by the end of the 18th century almost half the recorded duels involved men with a military background, (see page 540 of the Journal article).
"Elinor sighed over the fancied necessity of this; but to a man and a soldier, she presumed not to censure it."
A lesser writer would simply thrown a duel into the tale regardless of the characters involved, just to make things more interesting, and would have done the literary equivalent of S&S3 by treating us to a blow by blow account of a sword fight to increase the dramatic temperature.
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