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Patterns of Diction in Jane Austen's Major Novels


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"Ah! poor Harriet!"
"No, indeed,"
"not in the least. I am particularly glad to see and shake hands with you—and to give you joy in person."
"I can never think of it,"
"without extreme shame."
"I never had the smallest, I assure you."
"It is not now worth a regret,"
"I have always admired her complexion,"
"but do not I remember the time when you found fault with her for being so pale?—When we first began to talk of her.—Have you quite forgotten?"
"I do suspect that in the midst of your perplexities at that time, you had very great amusement in tricking us all.—I am sure you had.—I am sure it was a consolation to you."
"Not quite so miserable as to be insensible to mirth. I am sure it was a source of high entertainment to you, to feel that you were taking us all in.—Perhaps I am the readier to suspect, because, to tell you the truth, I think it might have been some amusement to myself in the same situation. I think there is a little likeness between us."
"If not in our dispositions,"
"there is a likeness in our destiny; the destiny which bids fair to connect us with two characters so much superior to our own."
"Very beautiful, indeed,"
"There could be no harm in her liking an agreeable man— everybody knew her situation —Mr. Crawford must take care of himself."
"Your best friend upon such an occasion,"
"would be Mr. Repton, I imagine."
"The avenue! Oh! I do not recollect it. I really know very little of Sotherton."
"You are fond of the sort of thing?"
"Those who see quickly, will resolve quickly, and act quickly,"
"You can never want employment. Instead of envying Mr. Rushworth, you should assist him with your opinion."
"I was sure she would ride well,"
"she has the make for it. Her figure is as neat as her brother's."
"and her spirits are as good, and she has the same energy of character. I cannot but think that good horsemanship has a great deal to do with the mind."
"I must say, ma'am, that Fanny is as little upon the sofa as anybody in the house."
"go boxed up three in a postchaise in this weather, when we may have seats in a barouche! No, my dear Edmund, that will not quite do."
"I know that Mr. Crawford depends upon taking us. After what passed at first, he would claim it as a promise."
"That would not be a very handsome reason for using Mr. Crawford's,"
"but the truth is, that Wilcox is a stupid old fellow, and does not know how to drive. I will answer for it that we shall find no inconvenience from narrow roads on Wednesday."
"oh dear! I believe it would be generally thought the favourite seat. There can be no comparison as to one's view of the country. Probably Miss Crawford will choose the barouche-box herself."
"It seems very odd,"
"that you should be staying at home instead of Fanny."
"I am sure she ought to be very much obliged to you,"
"her view of the country was charming, she wished they could all see it,"
"Here is a fine burst of country. I wish you had my seat, but I dare say you will not take it, let me press you ever so much;"
"those woods belonged to Sotherton,"
"she believed that it was now all Mr. Rushworth's property on each side of the road,"
"Do look at Mr. Rushworth and Maria, standing side by side, exactly as if the ceremony were going to be performed. Have not they completely the air of it?"
"If he would give her away?"
"Upon my word, it is really a pity that it should not take place directly, if we had but a proper licence, for here we are altogether, and nothing in the world could be more snug and pleasant."
"If Edmund were but in orders!"
"My dear Edmund, if you were but in orders now, you might perform the ceremony directly. How unlucky that you are not ordained; Mr. Rushworth and Maria are quite ready."
"My dear Fanny, how comes this?"
"Poor dear Fanny,"
"how ill you have been used by them! You had better have staid with us."