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The Stagecoach is a type of Coach that is a four-wheeled enclosed vehicle strongly sprung and drawn by four horses. The stagecoach is a heavy slow moving vehicle that was supported by thoroughbraces. Thoroughbraces were leather straps. The stagecoach held over eight plus people. The poorer lower class would ride on top of the vehicle. Some people would strap on and ride to the back, and the first and second class rode inside of the stagecoach most of the time.



Quick Facts


  • Capacity: 8+ Persons
  • Average Speed: 4 miles/hr
  • Power: 4 Horses
  • Cost: $1200-1500 back in the 19th century or about $24,995 today



Literary Analysis of its Significance

The passages in which Flaubert uses "Stagecoach" reveal that this vehicle can not only be used to transport people and their belongings, but it was also used to also carry packages from one location to another as shown in the quote below.



Appearances in Madame Bovary


 Part 1 Ch.1

To save him money, his mother sent him a roast of veal each week by the stagecoach, and off this he lunched when he came in from the hospital, warming his feet by beating against the wall.















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