It was a sleigh, and since it was being used by a member of the royalty of Russia, it was undoubtedly silver. No matter, it fell into the pot hole just as easily as if it had been a plain old wooden sleigh.
Inside the silver sleigh was a young woman, dressed in traditional 1800 garb, which to a young modern Spanish woman was bulky and uncomfortable. She was as out-of-place as anyone had ever been. She had no idea how she had ended up back in time.
As the sleigh slid into the hole and stuck there, the sudden jarring motion sent her falling to the floor with a big "thud." As she slid to the floor, she exclaimed "Ay, mierda!"
Now as the editor of the above book (and I'm afraid I can't remember the title anymore), I pride myself on being bi-lingual. I spent 6 years studying Spanish before I went to Venezuela, where I lived for 9 years. I knew I had heard the word "mierda," but I couldn't remember what it meant. So, I decided to go to the online babelfish.com site to search for the answer. It was easier than getting to my feet and going to fetch the dictionary.
I laughed heartily as I saw the screen flash the words "mierda--excrement." Ah, yes, I am sure that thoroughly modern Milly screamed at the top of her lungs "Oh, excrement!" as she tried to untangle her feet from that long, bulky skirt! Not in this lifetime!