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In cities such as Bath and London the sedan chair competed for hire with the hackchaise or hackney-coach. Although it could be exhilarating to drive in a curricle, travel was generally slow. The journey from Devon to London took three days (SS. xxvi), as did that from Portsmouth to Mansfield Park in Northamptonshire; from Enscombe in Yorkshire to London, a distance of 190 miles, meant sleeping two nights on the way, even though Mrs Churchill was impatient to be in town. The speediest journey recorded in Jane Austen must be 1Villoughby's, from London to Cleveland near Bristol in twelve hours; in his anxiety to see Marianne before she died (as he expected), he allowed no unnecessay delays, and was out of his chaise only ten minutes for a 'nuncheon' at Marlborough (SS.

Yet the clergy of the period were far removed from the Trullibers of Fielding's time; they were often not only genteel but very scholarly, and this was particularly true of Jane Austen's father, even though he and Mrs Austen had to take a practical interest in their farm and immediate supplies of food for a large family. Clergymen did not have to wear clerical dress in public. Mr Allen, atoning for his wife's benign heedlessness, had to take pains to discover whether Catherine Morland's dancing-partner was an eligible young man before he discovered that he was a clergyman.

154). She had good reason to know about Indian affairs and the French Revolution. Philadelphia Austen, her aunt, had gone to Bengal and been befriended by Warren Hastings, subsequently Governor-General 1 'Jane Austen: A Depreciation', Essays by Divers Hands, viii, London, 1928. 26 A Jane Austen Companion of the British dominions in India. Tradition has it that his young son died in the care of the Austens, soon after they had settled at Steventon. Their interest in the protracted trial of Warren Hastings from 1788 to 1795 must have been very great, and during periods of anxiety about the outcome it must have led to discussions on Indian affairs to some of which Jane would listen with keen interest.

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