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Written by CarolTS
(10/15/2009 5:11 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Statutory, penned by Bridget D
The age of consent was 12, she was well over it. She had been in school (she hadn't been working as a maid or something from a very young girl), so she had been taught moral standards (after all, that was what was considered important - probably more than the languages etc. that Miss Bingley talks about for an accomplished woman). She wasn't raped; even Colonel Brandon admits it was concentual because of how much in love she was. The Colonel fought the duel because he left her. In all probability, if he had married her (as was suggested by his aunt), there would have been no duel.
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