In the book The Trumpet Major, by Thomas Hardy, there is the following paragraph:
That was Budmouth postmaster, and he says there's a letter for me. Ah, I now call to mind that there was a letter in the candle three days ago this very night - a large red one; but foolish-like I thought nothing o't. Who can that letter be from?
What is the meaning of candle in this text?
That is the only occurrence of the word candle in that chapter.