October 23, 2012


When a carriage built with four wheels finds itself using only two of them, it is a strong indication that something has gone wrong. Presumably it has been in that state for at least the time it takes the horses to get up to the speed necessary to unbalance half a ton of wood and metal plus approximately that same weight in baron and baronness (it was, by necessity, a very large team of horses).  Now, had the baron been sitting properly at the critical moment, his substantial bulk might have been enough to hold the carriage's center of gravity below the point at which tipping could occur.  He was not sitting, however.  He was standing.  And shouting.  And very likely waving his arms about.