Long gone the days of bedbugs and room tics, when a lady might think to travel with her own linen. Still, something in the wording suggests a wryness in Jane Austen’s view of such fastidiousness.
‘She always travels with her own sheets; an excellent precaution.’
See another example of fine breeding, also from Emma.
Source: Jane Austen, Emma (Oxford: Oxford World’s Classics, 1999), p. 283
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