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Written by Kristina F
(2/18/2013 5:23 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Showing relationships by symbols and dialog, penned by Robbin
As has been pointed out in an earlier thread on this board, one interpretation of S&S2 Brandon's reaction to Willoughby is that he is suspicious of him, which goes against the novel because, as we know, Brandon is not supposed to display any distrust until after the Eliza incident comes to light. S&S3 also portrays Brandon as suspicious, but, as I have argued, it is certainly not the only adaptation to do so.
Furthermore, S&S3 Brandon has both the opportunity and the right during the sword duel to do far more than just give Willoughby a little nick with his blade, but he chooses to spare his life. How, then, does that action indicate unusual aggression on S&S3 Brandon’s part? If anything, it could possibly be less aggressive than Brandon’s feelings in the book (and just to clarify, I have nothing against Jane Austen's Brandon). And although the duel did not make it into S&S2, a reference to it IS in the screenplay (and keep in mind that S&S2’s screenplay won an Academy Award, not the film itself). It was clearly intended at one time to be in the film, and because there are virtually no details of the encounter, it could be easily assumed that S&S2’s Brandon did mean to kill Willoughby and simply missed his shot – as often happened in duels of the time. That actually seems far more aggressive to me than anything that we see in S&S3.
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