Written by Thérèse
(3/16/2013 7:07 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, servants and horses, penned by Nikki N
Did he keep a carriage, or rent a post one when he needed?
His arguments pro Eastbourne, with Mr Woodhouse who exposed Mr Perry's opinion on waterplaces, show that distance mattered to him. This seems to show that it was a hired carriage (further : "common coachman" — end of chapter 15), although in chapter 13 it is said that the party have the use of Mr John Knightley's own horses and carriage — but to me they may still be rented.
really I don't know what to think about it. Having their own carriage (coach, coachman, servant, pair of horses, stables...) would have meant at the very least, two hundred pounds further expense; more probably three hundreds. This, while his own brother had no horses in Donwell Abbey (probably just one riding horse, much cheaper than a pair).