So it can be taken for granted that when this phrase appears as part of the narration of According to a somewhat hollow convention of the day, it was considered a violation of etiquette for a woman to decline a man's invitation to dance in any way which would make it seem that she didn't want to dance with personally; rather, she had to maintain the pretense that she didn't want to dance at all with anybody for the moment, and then sit down for at least the next few "sets" of two dances each (i.e.must not soon be seen to be standing up with someone other than the man she has turned down).
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".
So Elinor Dashwood in Jane Austen's novel , when she sees a letter from Edward Ferrars to Lucy Steele, thinks "a correspondence between them by letter could subsist only under a positive engagement, could be authorised by nothing else", and, when she is unsure whether or not Willoughby and Marianne are engaged, says "If we find they correspond, every fear of mine will be removed".
Similarly, Captain Wentworth says to Anne Elliot in : "..I had then written to you, would you have answered my letter?
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).It was the recipient, rather than the sender, who paid the postage.Go to index of references to letter-writing in Jane Austen's own letters One important rule of protocol of the period is that a correspondence between two unmarried and marriageable unrelated young people of the opposite sex is a sign that the two are engaged.Barouches are "convertible" -- they can be partially opened in good weather.