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Patterns of Diction in Jane Austen's Major Novels


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“You want to tell me, and I have no objection to hearing it.”
“What is his name?”
“Is he married or single?”
“How so? How can it affect them?”
“Is that his design in settling here?”
“I see no occasion for that. You and the girls may go, or you may send them by themselves, which perhaps will be still better, for as you are as handsome as any of them, Mr. Bingley may like you the best of the party.”
“In such cases, a woman has not often much beauty to think of.”
“It is more than I engage for, I assure you.”
“You are over scrupulous surely. I dare say Mr. Bingley will be very glad to see you; and I will send a few lines by you to assure him of my hearty consent to his marrying whichever he chooses of the girls; though I must throw in a good word for my little Lizzy.”
“They have none of them much to recommend them,”
“they are all silly and ignorant like other girls; but Lizzy has something more of quickness than her sisters.”
“You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these twenty years at least.”
“But I hope you will get over it, and live to see many young men of four thousand a year come into the neighbourhood.”
“Depend upon it, my dear, that when there are twenty, I will visit them all.”
he should not go;
“I hope Mr. Bingley will like it, Lizzy.”
“No more have I,”
“and I am glad to find that you do not depend on her serving you.”
“Kitty has no discretion in her coughs,”
“she times them ill.”
“When is your next ball to be, Lizzy?”
“Then, my dear, you may have the advantage of your friend, and introduce Mr. Bingley to her.”
“I honour your circumspection. A fortnight's acquaintance is certainly very little. One cannot know what a man really is by the end of a fortnight. But if we do not venture somebody else will; and after all, Mrs. Long and her daughters must stand their chance; and, therefore, as she will think it an act of kindness, if you decline the office, I will take it on myself.”
“What can be the meaning of that emphatic exclamation?”
“Do you consider the forms of introduction, and the stress that is laid on them, as nonsense? I cannot quite agree with you there. What say you, Mary? For you are a young lady of deep reflection, I know, and read great books and make extracts.”
“While Mary is adjusting her ideas,”
“let us return to Mr. Bingley.”
“I am sorry to hear that; but why did not you tell me that before? If I had known as much this morning, I certainly would not have called on him. It is very unlucky; but as I have actually paid the visit, we cannot escape the acquaintance now.”
“Now, Kitty, you may cough as much as you choose,”
his wife's views on the stranger would be disappointed;
“If he had had any compassion for me,”
“he would not have danced half so much! For God's sake, say no more of his partners. O that he had sprained his ankle in the first dance!”
“What a charming amusement for young people this is, Mr. Darcy! There is nothing like dancing after all. I consider it as one of the first refinements of polished society.”
“Your friend performs delightfully,”
” and I doubt not that you are an adept in the science yourself, Mr. Darcy.”
“Yes, indeed, and received no inconsiderable pleasure from the sight. Do you often dance at St. James's?”
“Do you not think it would be a proper compliment to the place?”
“You have a house in town, I conclude?”
“I had once had some thought of fixing in town myself — for I am fond of superior society; but I did not feel quite certain that the air of London would agree with Lady Lucas.”
“My dear Miss Eliza, why are you not dancing?— Mr. Darcy, you must allow me to present this young lady to you as a very desirable partner. — You cannot refuse to dance, I am sure when so much beauty is before you.”
“You excel so much in the dance, Miss Eliza, that it is cruel to deny me the happiness of seeing you; and though this gentleman dislikes the amusement in general, he can have no objection, I am sure, to oblige us for one half-hour.”
“He is, indeed; but considering the inducement, my dear Miss Eliza, we cannot wonder at his complaisance — for who would object to such a partner?”
“From all that I can collect by your manner of talking, you must be two of the silliest girls in the country. I have suspected it some time, but I am now convinced.”
“If my children are silly, I must hope to be always sensible of it.”
“This is the only point, I flatter myself, on which we do not agree. I had hoped that our sentiments coincided in every particular, but I must so far differ from you as to think our two youngest daughters uncommonly foolish.”
“They are wanted in the farm much oftener than I can get them.”
the horses were engaged.
“Well, my dear,”
“if your daughter should have a dangerous fit of illness — if she should die, it would be a comfort to know that it was all in pursuit of Mr. Bingley, and under your orders.”
“Is this a hint to me, Lizzy,”