Friday, 26 February 2016


‘The letter was dispatched by that day's post. In the remote position

of Porthgenna, and in the unfinished state of the railroad at that

time, two days would elapse before an answer from London could be

reasonably hoped for.

That is from ‘The Dead Secret’, a novel by Wilkie Collins published 150 years ago. The fictional village of Porthgenna is supposed to be near Truro in Cornwall. I wonder how long the exchange might take now, with high speed trains and Royal Mail?

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