Posted by Mary Anne on August 01, 1998 at 10:11:29:
In response to pistols, definitely!, written by Barbara on August 01, 1998 at 02:19:38
Also, with swords, it is quite likely that Willoughby, being younger, could easily have beaten Brandon, or at least wounded him.
Mmmmm. Well, yes, strength and stamina count for a lot in swordsmanship . . . but so does skill, and an experienced swordsman is quite capable of letting an opponent wear himself out by being patient and simply defending himself. Even considering that Willoughby is younger, it might still have been an even match. (However, considering Brandon's feelings at this encounter, it might be unlikely that he would simply bide his time . . .)
] I did do a bit of reading on the duelling that took place, and I think that at this time, pistol duels were far more common that sword duels.
Either way--swords or pistols--it makes my heart pound. Seeing those eyes from the wrong side of a pistol or a sword . . . YIKES! =8-O
Looking forward to the rest of that story, Barbara.
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