Jan 242013

If the author is going to use ‘gaol’ in place of ‘jail’ then ‘durance’ is a good substitute for ‘prison time.’

Once away from Lambton, it was good to take deep breaths of cool fresh-smelling air, to be free of the unmistakable prison smell of bodies, food and cheap soap and the clank of turning keys, and it was with a surge of relief and a sense that he himself had escaped from durance that Darcy turned his horse’s head towards Pemberley.
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durance \DUR-uhn(t)s; DYUR-\ , noun:
  1. Imprisonment; confinement or restraint by or as if by force (usually used in the phrase “durance vile”).
  2. [Archaic] Endurance.
  Origin: Durance is from Middle English duraunce, “duration,” from Old French durance, from durer, “to last; to endure,” from Latin durare.
Source: Dictionary.com

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