There are several moments in Anna Sewell's Black Beauty when someone jumps out of a cart, especially a dog-cart, which is an open one-horse drawn vehicle that only sits one driver and one passenger; it also rolls on only two high wheels. One of the best moments occurs early on in the book when Black Beauty is still under the care of Squire Gordon.
In Chapter 12, Part 1, Black Beauty, called Beauty for short, narrates a moment in late fall when he had been driving Squire Gordon and John, the coachman, in the dog-cart on a long business trip. While traveling, a storm struck, bringing heavy rainfall, strong winds, and flooding. Arriving safely in town, they did not leave until later that afternoon when the storm was even worse. While traveling along the woods, Squire Gordon remarked that he wished they were away from the woods, and John commented, "Yes, sir, ... it would be rather awkward if one of these branches came down upon us." John's remark was prophetic for, soon enough, a branch groaned, cracked, splintered, and "fell right across the road just before us." Beauty informs his readers that he was terrified but "did not turn round or run away" because of his strong upbringing.
He further informs us that John instantly "jumped out" of the dog-cart and went to Black Beauty to make sure he was alright.
Beauty further informs us that John and Squire Gordon decided to backtrack and go across the bridge, but when they reached the bridge, Beauty refused to cross because he "knew the bridge was not safe." John rightly trusted Beauty rather than foolishly urging him further, and soon enough, they learned from a man at the toll-gate that the bridge was broken. Beauty was praised for saving everyone's lives.