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Written by Barbara
(10/6/2005 9:07 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Three and a half hours to travel 17 miles? (ch.11), penned by Line
In Ch. 11 it says that Mr. Musgrove does not want to overtax his horses and also " a day in the middle of November would not leave much time for seeing a new place, after deducting seven hours, as the nature of the country required, for going and returning."
They simply have no intention to go that fast on those roads and I believe there are steep inclines too, and the fact that the time of year is mentioned might also mean that there is likely to be mud or other difficulties.
They could travel faster than that, and did when they were on the way home.
"They got on fast. Anne was astonished to recognise the same hills and the same objects so soon. Their actual speed, heightened by some dread of the conclusion, made the road appear but half as long as on the day before. "
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