Austen Said:

Patterns of Diction in Jane Austen's Major Novels


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"I met William Larkins,"
"as I got near the house, and
he told me
but I did not believe him.—William seemed rather out of humour.
he said,
I have nothing to do with William's wants, but it really is of very great importance that I should see Knightley to-day; and it becomes a matter, therefore, of very serious inconvenience that I should have had this hot walk to no purpose."
"Those matters will take care of themselves; the young people will find a way."
"It is to be a secret, I conclude,"
"These matters are always a secret, till it is found out that every body knows them. Only let me be told when I may speak out.—I wonder whether Jane has any suspicion."
"the young lady's pride would now be contented;"
"she had always meant to catch Knightley if she could;"
"Rather he than I!"—
"There could be no harm in her liking an agreeable man— everybody knew her situation —Mr. Crawford must take care of himself."
"I wish you could see Compton,"
"it is the most complete thing! I never saw a place so altered in my life. I told Smith I did not know where I was. The approach now, is one of the finest things in the country: you see the house in the most surprising manner. I declare, when I got back to Sotherton yesterday, it looked like a prison —quite a dismal old prison."
"It wants improvement, ma'am, beyond anything. I never saw a place that wanted so much improvement in my life; and it is so forlorn that I do not know what can be done with it."
"I must try to do something with it,"
"but I do not know what. I hope I shall have some good friend to help me."
"Your best friend upon such an occasion,"
"would be Mr. Repton, I imagine."
"That is what I was thinking of. As he has done so well by Smith, I think I had better have him at once. His terms are five guineas a day."
"Smith's place is the admiration of all the country; and it was a mere nothing before Repton took it in hand. I think I shall have Repton."
"Smith has not much above a hundred acres altogether in his grounds, which is little enough, and makes it more surprising that the place can have been so improved. Now, at Sotherton we have a good seven hundred, without reckoning the water meadows; so that I think, if so much could be done at Compton, we need not despair. There have been two or three fine old trees cut down, that grew too near the house, and it opens the prospect amazingly, which makes me think that Repton, or anybody of that sort, would certainly have the avenue at Sotherton down: the avenue that leads from the west front to the top of the hill, you know,"
"The avenue! Oh! I do not recollect it. I really know very little of Sotherton."
"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 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."
"those woods belonged to Sotherton,"
"she believed that it was now all Mr. Rushworth's property on each side of the road,"
"Yes, it is exactly behind the house; begins at a little distance, and ascends for half a mile to the extremity of the grounds. You may see something of it here— something of the more distant trees. It is oak entirely."
"If he would give her away?"
"For if,"
"we are too long going over the house, we shall not have time for what is to be done out of doors. It is past two, and we are to dine at five."
"My dear Fanny, how comes this?"
"Poor dear Fanny,"
"how ill you have been used by them! You had better have staid with us."
"Yes, there is nothing else to be done. But now, sincerely, do not you find the place altogether worse than you expected?"
"You are too much a man of the world not to see with the eyes of the world. If other people think Sotherton improved, I have no doubt that you will."
"You seemed to enjoy your drive here very much this morning. I was glad to see you so well entertained. You and Julia were laughing the whole way."
"You think her more light-hearted than I am?"
"Naturally, I believe, I am as lively as Julia, but I have more to think of now."
"Do you mean literally or figuratively? Literally, I conclude. Yes, certainly, the sun shines, and the park looks very cheerful. But unluckily that iron gate, that ha-ha, give me a feeling of restraint and hardship. 'I cannot get out,' as the starling said."
"Mr. Rushworth is so long fetching this key!"