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Colonel Brandon and Elinor Dashwood – Part 1 – Mary Simonsen — 48 Comments

  1. Ohhh – I hope it’s what I think it is. I’ve always felt that Elinor and Colonel Brandon ought to be together!

  2. What a delicious read. I am rarely anticipating tomorrow’s post. Will part 2 have what I hope it will? It would be so sweet.

    • Thanks, Deborah. The post ran longer than the norm, and so I decided to break it in two. Glad you enjoyed it.

  3. Liking this! I felt they had do much in common.
    I secretly wished the colonel wanted elinor instead if Marianne.

  4. I always thought Elinor fit better with the Colonel than Marianne. I agree Edward did not behave as a true gentleman would.
    I loved this post but seeing Alan Rickman as Brandon, my favorite Brandon, is very sad. How wonderful he was in that role! I am ready for the rest of this story.

    • The whole time I was writing this I thought about Alan Rickman. What a loss! He was enormously talented. Thanks for commenting.

  5. sounds interesting! agree with others that I always secretly wondered if elinor and Colonel Brandon were better suited to each other.

    I have always felt that Edward got off easy in the book.. it was pretty rude to keep lucy waiting for years. He certainly did lead her on even after he’d met Elinor. He wore the ring with her hair in it. I believe he only recently received the lock of hair from her. He likely would have had to have it set in the ring himself, and if not he still chose to wear it. He must have liked her enough to do that. I can see why Lucy is lead on.

    • I agree, Martine. Four years! That’s a lot to ask of any woman and then to come up short! I think not. Thanks for commenting.

  6. I agree with the others. Two hearts best suited for each other.

    Looking forward to the next post. Thank you for this.

  7. LOVE this!! I always wondered why Elinor accepted Edward when he was in no way gentlemanly toward her or her feelings. I am reading a fanfic where Elinor ends up with Colonel Fitzwilliam and Colonel Brandon with Jane Bennet. I am enchanted. 🙂

  8. While I love all of Jane Austen ‘s work, I feel every time I read S&S that Elinor and Colonel Brandon are so much better suited, I would enjoy see them paired, can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.

    • Thanks, Stephanie. I first read S&S when I was 17, and I thought Marianne was a poor match for the Colonel, probably b/c we were the same age. My opinion hasn’t changed.

  9. Yes, I agree with all of the comments above that the Colonel would have suited Elinor far better than Edward Ferrars whom, although not truly a cad, did not act as a man of honor (and the clergy) should have in his pursuit of Miss Dashwood while engaged to Lucy. Well, he didn’t really *pursue* Elinor, but neither did he lock his heart away to save them both much pain, as he should have.

    I’m very much looking forward to Part 2!

    Thank you!!

    Warmly,
    Susanne 🙂

  10. Ooh- nice! I always thought the Colonel and Elinor were well suited to each other as well (although it always makes me happy when Edward finally gets his act together). I can’t wait to read the next installment!

    • Although Edward comes through in the end, it really has nothing to do with him. It’s Lucy finagling a romance with his brother. Thanks for commenting.

  11. Mary, if you saw my comment yesterday on our Facebook page, you’ll know this is what I always felt should happen (at least I think it is if that’s where you’re going with this!) Col B and E are much better suited for each other! Nicely done!

  12. Three peas in a pod! Three characters played by three great actors. Can’t wait for Part 2. Really great ties for your characters’ meeting. Now they need to think why their in the mess they’re in!

  13. I held off reading commenting on this part because I wanted to read both parts back to back. Main comment on part two.

  14. This is wonderful! And I could hear Alan Rickman’s voice as Colonel Brandon the whole time!! Well, since I am a day late, I will rush to Part 2. Yay!!!

  15. As an aside, I wonder what would have happened if the Dashwoods’ half brother had NOT chosen the woman he married? I detest that woman,and I think that he would have been a better brother if he had married someone else.

    • I think that there’s no question that you’re right, Ann. When he first thinks of what to do for his father’s daughters, he comes to a very generous idea, but little by little, “that woman” talked him out of it. If he’d had a better partner, he’d have been a better man, but he is too malleable and weak.

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