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).
would you, in short, have renewed the engagement then?
" (i.e., she likely would have answered the letter only if she had also decided to renew the engagement).
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).
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 ).Jane Austen had also made fun of the expression in (one of her Juvenilia): when a lady is caught in a steel trap on the estate of a handsome young man, another character exclaims "Oh!cruel Charles, to wound the hearts and legs of all the fair".Jane Austen herself had to arrange many of her visits to various family members according to when it would be convenient for her to be carried in a relative's or family friend's carriage, as appears in some of her letters. I can only remember that he had a Coach, a Chariot, a Chaise, a Landau, a Landeaulet, a Phaeton, a Gig, a Whisky, an Italian Chair, a Buggy, a Curricle, & a wheelbarrow." -- Jane Austen, Generally an enclosed four-wheeled carriage seating up to three people, and driven by a rider mounted on one of the horses (see "postilion").The more or less standard vehicle for families which are "respectable", but not extremely wealthy.Caroline Bingley perpetually commends him "on his hand-writing, or on the evenness of his lines, or on the length of his letter".