from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Same as
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun archaic A type of horse-drawn
carriage, with a foldableroof covering.
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A tattered top is put on to a britchka, that is all.
This arrangement greatly pleased the girls, since much more fun went on in the britchka.
Yet, every time that we got in, the mountain of luggage in the britchka seemed to have grown larger than before, and we had much ado to understand how things had been arranged yesterday, and how we should sit now.
In one of them sat Mimi, the two girls, and their maid, with the bailiff, Jakoff, on the box, while in the other — a britchka — sat Woloda, myself, and our servant Vassili.
Taking off my cap, and stooping down in a corner of the britchka, I duly recited my orisons, and unobtrusively signed the sign of the cross beneath my coat.
Hardly had the britchka begun to move when a blinding flash filled the welkin with a blaze of light which brought the horses to their haunches.
The red poll and red face beneath it lifted themselves up for a second from the folds of the rug, measured our britchka with a cold, contemptuous look, and lay down again; whereupon I concluded that the driver was wondering to himself who we were, whence we had come, and whither we were going.
At length, Vassili got up and covered over the britchka, the coachman wrapped himself up in his cloak and lifted his cap to make the sign of the cross at each successive thunderclap, and the horses pricked up their ears and snorted as though to drink in the fresh air which the flying clouds were outdistancing.
Woloda flung back the apron, and I stood up in the britchka to drink in the new, fresh, balm-laden air.
The britchka began to roll more swiftly along the dusty road, and I felt uneasy, and as though the blood were coursing more quickly through my veins.