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Written by Karen G
(10/1/2009 1:19 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Inefficiency of the Law, penned by Barb JA
This whole discussion about dueling has been fascinating! Barb JA, while I don't have any answer your question about whether Eliza had any recourse against Willoughby (I almost suspect not), I was thinking about the point regarding accepting a duel being proof of courage. I would think that depends on the offense to a certain extent. The dispicableness of leaving an unprotected girl without supporting the child the offender fathered negates any "courage" I could imagine, if people were to hear the reason for which the man was called out to duel. It would be more proof of courage if the offense was merely a verbal insult or politics or something (it would be stupid, but it seems men did duel over such things as well.)
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