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Written by Line
(9/1/2003 9:37 p.m.)
I always wondered why it took Col. Brandon so long to tell any of the Dashwoods the story of his ward. I know it's personal, I know he wants to protect Eliza's reputation, I know that telling the story might make him look like a jealous lover, but if my daughter were seriously in love and contemplating marriage, I would want to know any life-changing facts about my future son-in-law! Why didn't he confide in *Mrs.* Dashwood before this? What's the point of fighting a duel if your opponent knows that your silence will give him the chance to do the same thing again in future?
Another question: in describing his brother's treatment of his wife in ch. 9, Brandon says "My brother had no regard for her, *his pleasures were not what they ought to have been*, and from the first he treated her unkindly." I don't quite understand what "his pleasures were not what they ought to have been" means. Can anybody enlighten me?
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