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- n. In Russia, a light, partly covered four-wheeled carriage. The Polish britska, also used in Russia, has a pole, a body of wickerwork, and a leather top.
- n. Alternative form of britchka.
“It was his habit, instead of going by his watch, to look out for the first appearance of my father's carriage (an old-fashioned "britska," I believe it was called, with yellow body and wheels and large black hood, and so very conspicuous) at a certain part of the road, and then, and not till then, commence chiming.”
“At daybreak he heard the approach of post-horses and saw a britska drive past, in which sat the servants of the Duchesse de”
“The habit of being called on to settle whether they should use the britska or the pony carriage, whether satin or silk was best, or this or that book should be ordered, was, however, sufficient to make her very unwilling to be thwarted in other matters of more importance, especially in one on which were fixed the most ardent hopes of her brother, and the wishes of all the family.”
“He and I will ride on together to Lanark's Lodge; the grooms can go in the rumble of the carriage; Do you and Eleanor take the phaeton; the Duchess will, I am sure, feel much pleasure in having the company of Lady Peebles and Lady Macfarren in the britska; and we will all meet again at dinner-time.”
“Mademoiselle Conrad; order the britska round as usual. ”
“The space was now scarcely two hundred yards between us, when the head of the britska was flung down, and a figure that I at once recognized as the redoubted Tim Finucane, one of the boldest and most reckless fellows in the county, was seen standing on the seat, holding, -- gracious Heavens! it was true, -- holding in his arms the apparently lifeless figure of Miss”
“The head of the britska, before thrown open, was now closed, and I could not make out if any one were inside.”
“Mr. Robert Beaufort, for this colloquy took place between the brothers, as their britska rapidly descended the hill, at the foot of which lay”
“Mr. Beaufort hemmed huskily, and entered the britska -- it had been his brother's: the lawyer followed, and they drove away.”
“Fernside Cottage and its miniature demesnes -- Mr. Robert Beaufort pulled his travelling cap over his brows, and his countenance fell, whether at the name of Catherine, or the tone in which the name was uttered; and there was a pause, broken by a third occupant of the britska, a youth of about seventeen, who sat opposite the brothers.”
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