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 Vans were larger vehicles used for business. They were either used for moving supplies and goods or people. Some vans could convert from one to the other. Early vans were used as busses. A modern day analog to 19th century vans would be the moving van, UPS truck, FedEx Trucks, and the like. Vans were used in the transport of goods that were weather sensitive because of their coverings.



Quick Facts


  • Capacity: 1-2 (goods configuration) 5-15 (bus configuration)
  • Average Speed: 5 mph
  • Power: 1-4 Horses
  • Cost: $15,000 (2008)



Literary Analysis of Its Significance

Vans were used as a supporting description of two situations. The village celebration where they included vans to show the variety of different modes of transportation that were used to get to the celebration. Vans were also used to describe the side streets Emma used to avoid being seen walking to the Hotel in Rouen.



Appearances in Madame Bovary


Part 1 Ch.4

The invited guests arrived early in a variety of vehicles-- one-horse shays, two-wheeled charabancs, old gigs without tops, vans with leather curtains; and the young men from the nearest villages came in farm-carts, standing one behind the other along the sides and grasping the rails to keep from being thrown, for the horses trotted briskly and the roads were rough. They came as far as twenty-five miles away, from Goderville, from Normanville, from Cany.

(p.30) (used by visitors that traveled to Charles and Emma wedding)

Part 3 Ch. 5

    "For fear of being seen, she usually didn't take the shortest way. She would plunch into a maze of dark alleys, and emerge, hot and perspiring, close to the fountain at the lower end near the Rue Nationale. This is the part of town near the theatre, full of bars and prostitutes. Often a van rumbled by, laden with shaky stage-sets. Aproned waiters were sanding the pavement between the tubs of green bushes. There was a smell of absinth, cigars and oysters." (Pg 311)





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