I don't really think so.
Posted by Barbara on August 14, 1998 at 17:49:37:
In response to What about this?, written by BarbaraB on August 10, 1998 at 15:05:11
] ] 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.
It's logicial, but I don't really think it could have happened that way. The way I understand it is that the person who end up with the sword tip at his throat or heart has to concede defeat. If they ended with Brandon and the tip of his sword at Willoughby's throat, then Willoughby's concession of defeat would have to involve him marrying Miss Williams or at least admitting wrongdoing there. I can't really see Willoughby being satisfied with leaving the sword point at Brandon's throat. He sees Brandon as responsible for ruining his happiness in some ways, and reveals in his confession later on that one of the things that bothers him the most is the thought of Brandon marrying Marianne.
Also, from the reading I did on this topic, I believe that pistol duels were much more common in this era.
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