Dueling was illegal at the time period of the book. This increased the dilemma dealing with the duel, because if one was to win, he would have to leave the country to escape prosecution. Dueling could be not only the end to your life, literally but also socially as well. The law saw dueling as murder, and it was punished as such. This would be the end to anyone's social standing in high society. Only five out of one hundred duelists were ever prosecuted. Though this seeems like a small minority, it caused more than a few to leave the country.
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