The practice of intentionally firing wide during a duel, signifying you did not wish to harm your opponent. As there were no injuries during the duel between Colonel Brandon and Willoughby in Sense and Sensibility, perhaps they both deloped. The Code Duello specifically forbade deloping, perhaps in the thought that participants in a duel should consider a duel a serious thing. In her talk at the JASNA 2011 Annual General Meeting, author Carrie Bebris joked that deloping became such common practice that attendees at a duel stood directly behind the participants as that was the safest location.

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