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|GR: Col. B as an introvert?
Written by Melissa M
(9/1/2003 11:38 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Colonel Brandon's story, penned by Line
] I always wondered why it took Col. Brandon so long to tell any of the Dashwoods the story of his ward.
The colonel has always impressed me as sort of a really introverted person. I mean he doesn't *directly* state his regard for Marianne, it's just sort of assumed by Elinor because of the way he acts. Maybe he's just really shy or something *because* of his background. After all, he doesn't seem all that lucky in love to begin with...nor does he appear very "sensible" when it comes to Marianne. As someone pointed out earlier (I've been stalking the site for a while), she's incredibly rude to him.
] 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?
I wondered about that too, but it did occur to me that he either ignored her, was publically rude to her (like Mr. Palmer treats Mrs. Palmer?), or even--because she was eventually seduced--( and I'm trying to think of a delicate way to put this) maybe things were a little abusive in the bedroom? Maybe she didn't get the proper "respect" a genteel woman should have gotten? I don't know, is that going to far? Col. B seems awfully horrified (my impression anyway) with how she was treated...
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