Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Driving Speed! Very important, this one:

Catherine, though she could not help wondering that with such perfect command of his horse, he should think it necessary to alarm her with a relation of its tricks, congratulated herself sincerely on being under the care of so excellent a coachman; and perceiving that the animal continued to go on in the same quiet manner, without showing the smallest propensity towards any unpleasant vivacity, and (considering its inevitable pace was ten miles an hour) by no means alarmingly fast ...

--Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey (Chapter 9), published in 1818 but said to have been written between 1798 and 1799 and revised in 1803.

1 comment:

DragonLady said...

10 mph is actually a pretty good clip! Pleasant manner, oh yes. Horsepeople haven't changed all that much :-)