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Written by Maisy
(9/18/2006 6:52 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Illustrates Mrs. Dashwood's character a bit IMO..., penned by Robbin
I think beginning a trip using post horses was in practice at that time. Appendix E of the Broadview Literary Text edition of S&S outlines the benefits of owning one's own Post-Chaise (rather than hiring one). Although owning one would not reduce one's traveling expenses, it offered the convenience of not having to change carriages and transferring luggage. Therefore, it seems that travelers must have hired post horses even at the beginning of their journey, if they went to the trouble and expense of owning their own Post Chaise.
I think Elinor understood that the family's income would not really allow them to hire horses, so keeping the carriage made little sense. And when the opportunity to sell presented itself, Elinor decided it was prudent to accept the offer rather than take the carriage all the way to Devonshire.
Question for JulieW:
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