What about this?
Posted by BarbaraB on August 10, 1998 at 15:05:11:
In response to Duels: swords v. pistols, written by Marsha on July 31, 1998 at 13:30:15
] ] 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.
] May I put in a word for W. We never see him as a physical coward, only a moral one, and he was a capital sportsman, so he wouldn't presumably miseed as well. So, either he was noble as well, or neither of them were sufficiently good shots (I've read that it is much harder to fire correctly in a duel than in the field).
] But somehow, I always thought they fought with swords, a form of duelling still quite popular. That would explain why neither of them was dead, since most duels ended when one of the opponents was wounded.
Maybe this only TV but can't a duel with swords end when one opponent sets the tip of his sword on the neck or heart of the other. This might happen, for instance, if one of them dropped his sword, had it knocked from his hand, if he fell or was pinned to the wall, etc. giving his opponent the opportunity to set his tip in place. He would then have the choice of ending the person's life or not. If there was such a thing, perhaps this is a possibility.
- I don't really think so. Barbara 17:49:37 8/14/98 (0)
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