Posted by kathleen (elder) on July 17, 1997 at 19:43:08:
In reply to An Easy Distance posted by Laurz on July 17, 1997 at 16:45:26
Based on the evidence in the novels I offer the following:
Darcy says that 50 miles (on good roads) is little above a half day's journey. So, with one's own carriage (and four horses, maybe?), that might mean 5 to 7 hours.
The characters in Emma who know of FC's (supposed) errand seem to think it's very silly. I interpret this to mean that most people would not make a 16-mile journey for such a trifling reason. But, Frank did get there and back in one day, and accomplish his errand as well. (Actually, he accomplished both his stated and his actual errands!)
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