Carriage but no horses?
Written by Tracy W
(9/18/2006 5:17 p.m.)
In chapter 5 we have:
The horses which were left her by her husband, had been sold soon after his death, and an opportunity now offering of disposing of her carriage, she agreed to sell that likewise at the earnest advice of her eldest daughter. For the comfort of her children, had she consulted only her own wishes, she would have kept it; but the discretion of Elinor prevailed.
I'm a bit lost. Horses without a carriage strike me as more use than a carriage without horses. Why would Mrs Dashwood have wished to keep the carriage if the horses were already sold?
Was it easier to rent horses than to rent a carriage?