Posted by Susan H on July 30, 1998 at 17:50:37:
In response to Brandon and Willoughby Duel..or Not????, written by Elsa on July 30, 1998 at 13:27:14
] I am very uncertin about the matter of what transpired when Brandon and Willoughby met in London after Eliza's daughter's pregnancy. If they met to duel, why did they emerge unwounded? Why was Brandon unable to convince Willoughby to act honorably? I'm confused!
I just reached this part in my (re)reading the other day. I assume that the duel was conducted with pistols, in which case they probably each took one shot, missed, and the duel was over. Brandon presumably couldn't persuade Willoughby to do anything without the threat of public exposure (and even that, I imagine, wouldn't have carried much weight with him) and he may have been unwilling to make all of this known to society.
Does anyone know why Emma Thompson chose to leave this out of the film? (I don't have her screenplay diaries.)
- Punishment of His Conduct Carol 18:35:54 7/30/98 (8)
- Title Mary Anne 21:54:27 7/30/98 (7)
- To Punish His Conduct/the duel Barbara 23:27:56 7/30/98 (6)
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