To save postage, letters were frequently "crossed": i.e.after a sheet of paper had been written on, it was turned 90°, and further lines were written crossing the original writing (there is a reference to this practice in ).Through letters, whatever of good or bad was to be told would be communicated, and every succeeding day was expected to bring some news of importance." Mr.Bennet's "family knew him to be, on all common occasions, a most negligent and dilatory correspondent"; he "so little liked [Elizabeth's] going that he told her to write to him, and almost promised to answer her letter".In some cases (depending on the lady's scruples and/or fear of being seen to violate etiquette or fear of giving offense, and the particular circumstances involved), it means she won't dance at all for the rest of the evening.Thus the following dialog from "The post-office is a wonderful establishment! If one thinks of all that it has to do, and all that it does so well, it is really astonishing! So seldom that a letter, among the thousands that are constantly passing about the kingdom, is even carried wrong -- and not one in a million, I suppose, actually lost!Barouches are "convertible" -- they can be partially opened in good weather.
"It is a rule with me, that a person who can write a long letter, with ease, cannot write ill." Caroline Bingley: "Charles writes in the most careless way imaginable.This is intermediate in carrying capacity between a chaise and a coach.It has two rows of seats in the compartment, so that the passengers sit facing each other (unlike a chaise, in which all the passengers face forward).A "coach" is a large enclosed four-wheeled carriage, drawn by four or more horses, with at least two rows of seats in the compartment, and usually with seats on the top etc. The "box" is a luggage compartment to the front of the main coach body; the driver either sits on this coach box, or sits on the front edge of the coach body with his legs resting on the box (depending on the design of the coach); there is also usally a "basket", or open luggage compartment hanging from the rear of the coach body.Coaches are used by wealthy families, and in long-distance public transportation. ) and six, with a "box" in front and "basket" behind (Rowlandson, 1798).