"I think, it would be more prudent to let me get you a chair."

Captain Wentworth shows concern for Anne Elliot's umbrellaless condition on a rainy Bath day by encouraging her to use a sedan chair as a means of returning home. Sedan chairs were, as illustrated, a human-powered vehicle composed of an enclosed box and two poles. Decoration varied (this illustration is of a rather elaborate design for Queen Charlotte). 


Sedan Chair
Public DomainSedan Chair - Credit: Robert Adam


The poles would be manned, quite literally, and the chair's occupant would then be carried to his or her destination in relative comfort, if not speed.