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Patterns of Diction in Jane Austen's Major Novels


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as an act of indispensable duty to clear away the claims of creditors with all the expedition which the most comprehensive retrenchments could secure,
saw no dignity in anything short of it.
it to be prescribed, and felt as a duty.
there might be little more difficulty in persuading them to a complete, than to half a reformation.
the sacrifice of one pair of horses would be hardly less painful than of both,
A small house in their own neighbourhood, where they might still have Lady Russell's society, still be near Mary, and still have the pleasure of sometimes seeing the lawns and groves of Kellynch,
it agreed with her;
"The navy, I think, who have done so much for us, have at least an equal claim with any other set of men, for all the comforts and all the privileges which any home can give. Sailors work hard enough for their comforts, we must all allow."
"He is a rear admiral of the white. He was in the Trafalgar action, and has been in the East Indies since; he was stationed there, I believe, several years."
"You mean Mr Wentworth, I suppose?"
"A few months more, and he, perhaps, may be walking here."
She did not blame Lady Russell, she did not blame herself for having been guided by her;
were any young person, in similar circumstances, to apply to her for counsel, they would never receive any of such certain immediate wretchedness, such uncertain future good.
under every disadvantage of disapprobation at home, and every anxiety attending his profession, all their probable fears, delays, and disappointments, she should yet have been a happier woman in maintaining the engagement, than she had been in the sacrifice of it;
had the usual share, had even more than the usual share of all such solicitudes and suspense been theirs,
it was folly,
of the past being known to those three only among her connexions, by whom no syllable,
would ever be whispered, and in the trust that among his, the brother only with whom he had been residing, had received any information of their short-lived engagement.
she hoped that the acquaintance between herself and the Crofts,
need not involve any particular awkwardness.
to be sorry that she had missed the opportunity of seeing them.
everything considered, she wished to remain.
It would be most right, and most wise, and, therefore must involve least suffering to go with the others.
results the most serious to his family from the intimacy were more than possible.
her father had at present an idea of the kind. Mrs Clay had freckles, and a projecting tooth, and a clumsy wrist, which he was continually making severe remarks upon, in her absence; but she was young, and certainly altogether well-looking, and possessed, in an acute mind and assiduous pleasing manners, infinitely more dangerous attractions than any merely personal might have been.
but Elizabeth, who in the event of such a reverse would be so much more to be pitied than herself, should never,
have reason to reproach her for giving no warning.
"There is hardly any personal defect,"
"which an agreeable manner might not gradually reconcile one to."
"I am sorry to find you unwell,"
"You sent me such a good account of yourself on Thursday!"
"You have had your little boys with you?"
"Well, you will soon be better now,"
"You know I always cure you when I come. How are your neighbours at the Great House?"
"You will see them yet, perhaps, before the morning is gone. It is early."
"My dear Mary, recollect what a comfortable account you sent me of yourself! You wrote in the cheerfullest manner, and said you were perfectly well, and in no hurry for me; and that being the case, you must be aware that my wish would be to remain with Lady Russell to the last: and besides what I felt on her account, I have really been so busy, have had so much to do, that I could not very conveniently have left Kellynch sooner."
"A great many things, I assure you. More than I can recollect in a moment; but I can tell you some. I have been making a duplicate of the catalogue of my father's books and pictures. I have been several times in the garden with Mackenzie, trying to understand, and make him understand, which of Elizabeth's plants are for Lady Russell. I have had all my own little concerns to arrange, books and music to divide, and all my trunks to repack, from not having understood in time what was intended as to the waggons: and one thing I have had to do, Mary, of a more trying nature: going to almost every house in the parish, as a sort of take-leave. I was told that they wished it. But all these things took up a great deal of time."
"Did you go then? I have made no enquiries, because I concluded you must have been obliged to give up the party."
"I am very glad you were well enough, and I hope you had a pleasant party."
"I have not the smallest objection on that account,"
I should never think of standing on such ceremony with people I know so well as Mrs and the Miss Musgroves."
though there were on each side continual subjects of offence, neither family could now do without it.
other Elliots could have her advantage in seeing how unknown, or unconsidered there, were the affairs which at Kellynch Hall were treated as of such general publicity and pervading interest;
she must now submit to feel that another lesson, in the art of knowing our own nothingness beyond our own circle, was become necessary for her;
to avoid such self-delusion in future,
of the extraordinary blessing of having one such truly sympathising friend as Lady Russell.
it to be very fitting, that every little social commonwealth should dictate its own matters of discourse;
ere long, to become a not unworthy member of the one she was now transplanted into.
no dread of these two months. Mary was not so repulsive and unsisterly as Elizabeth, nor so inaccessible to all influence of hers; neither was there anything among the other component parts of the cottage inimical to comfort. She was always on friendly terms with her brother-in-law; and in the children, who loved her nearly as well, and respected her a great deal more than their mother,