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|L&T carriage seating question (ch.5)
Written by Line
(10/10/2008 9:31 a.m.)
"It is so very uncomfortable, not having a carriage of one's own. Mr. and Mrs. Musgrove took me, and we were so crowded! They are both so very large, and take up so much room; and Mr. Musgrove always sits forward. So there was I crowded into the back seat with Henrietta and Louisa; and I think it very likely that my illness to-day may be owing to it."
At first I took this to mean that Mr. Musgrove always sits *facing* forward, (and IMO as far as motion sickness is concerned, it's always more comfortable to sit facing the direction your vehicle is travelling in) but then why does Mary add that *she* was sitting in the back seat?
Am I picturing this wrong, or is Mr. Musgrove actually in the habit of taking the *less* comfortable seat, and Mary is just grumbling because she wants a carriage of her own?
One thing I noticed this time around is that although Mary complains about how much room both her parents-in-law take up, in fact she wasn't sitting next to them at all, but on the other seat beside her sisters-in-law. So, it wouldn't really matter *how* fat or skinny the senior Musgroves were - if there were 5 people in the carriage, Mary's chances of being squashed would still have depended on whether she was sitting next to one other person or two other people (unless there was little leg room as well)!
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