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|An archaic word
Written by Carolyn
(4/19/2006 11:17 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Habits, penned by Robbin
for clothing in general, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and I think generally out of common usage in JA time, except for riding habit, (but I may be wrong about that). If so, then I think the choice of word is deliberate. Catherine is hoping that Abbey will be just like in the gothic novels which were generally set in the 12th-16th century, in other words, she hopes the Abbey will be "archaic".
FYI, I also looked up archaic to make I sure I was using correctly, and I was ;-).
1 : having the characteristics of the language of the past and surviving chiefly in specialized uses [which fits for the riding habit]
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