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Written by Barbara
(10/10/2012 1:36 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Description of Colonel Brandon's estate, penned by LouAnn
One of the things we learn, through having Mrs. Jennings describe Delaford, is that she and Charlotte visited there--once. Mrs. Jennings's enthusiastic description of Delaford belies what Charlotte said earlier--about how Colonel Brandon would have been happy to marry her if her mother had not objected:
The contrast between that and the way that Mrs. Jennings describes Delaford makes me think that she and Charlotte invited themselves over there and Mrs. Jennings would have been quite happy to have had the colonel ask for her daughter's hand--especially if she thinks that Delaford is nicer than Barton Park. If Charlotte was still in school then, she would have been quite young--it might perhaps have been when Colonel Brandon first inherited the property five years earlier?
Colonel Brandon, who is always mindful of others' feelings, was probably a gracious host to them, but absolutely not the least bit interested in being set up with Charlotte.
To me, this says something about what he is looking for in a wife--or rather, that he was not looking for a wife or just any wife. It is significant, I think, that the pretty, young, wealthy sister-in-law of his best friend was not of interest to him. He inherited the property in some debt--I don't think there are many men in his situation who would have turned down the prospect of marrying Charlotte.
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