To Punish His Conduct/the duel
Posted by Barbara on July 30, 1998 at 23:27:56:
In response to Title, written by Mary Anne on July 30, 1998 at 21:54:27
I, for one, am eagerly looking forward to seeing more of it (hint, hint!). But let Brandon get untangled first from "All Men Make Faults." Poor darling Colonel . . .
Thanks for the horn blowing, ladies! ;-) I am blushing. I promise I am working on finishing that one and AMMF, too, although I am away from home and can't post to my site for a few days. Actually, I can post to the BoI board, so may well post some of the "other" stuff this week, like another part of "To Punish..."
It is a really intriguing question--what happened in the duel and all.
My theory is that when they did meet in the duel, that Brandon missed on purpose. I think that as a soldier and as a sportsman who hunted, it is highly unlikely that he would have missed. I also believe that when he came to see Marianne and Elinor (Marianne was expecting Willoughby and wouldn't give him the time of day) in London and he asked Elinor whether everything was "settled" between M & W, that he was trying to figure out what to do. I really believe that he missed Willoughby on purpose because he couldn't stand to hurt Marianne that much by killing the man he and everyone else thought she was going to marry. However, if he had fired into the air, as people sometimes did at duels, that was like and admission that the person who had been challenged was not at fault after all. Anyhow, that's my interpretation. I did try to write that story fitting in with what I thought really might have happened, and I did a bit of research about how duels, pistols, etc. all worked at the time. (I hope that didn't sound like horn blowing on my part???)
- Duels: swords v. pistols Marsha 13:30:15 7/31/98 (5)
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