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Written by Stephanie
(2/18/2013 11:18 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, or the wounds..., penned by Rae Elaine
I suppose Col. Brandon could use that phrase, "returned unwounded" to mean return not visibly wounded, but it seems such an awkward assumption to make, that I think I still believe he meant what he said.
There may be another way, though, in which a sword-fight can have both be unwounded at the end: if Willoughby planned some treachery and were caught red-handed (Col. Brandon, of course would not be the culprit!), the seconds and witnesses would declare the other the winner without blood necessarily being drawn.
I have heard of men trying to swap their own dueling pistol for one with a rifled barrel, which is illegal. I am not sure what form a 'cheat' would take in a sword fight, but I am sure that there is some way for a cad or a coward to violate honour in a format based on stringent and esoteric rules of honour.
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