Austen Said:

Patterns of Diction in Jane Austen's Major Novels


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"Do not be afraid of my wanting the character,"
"I am not to be Agatha, and I am sure I will do nothing else; and as to Amelia, it is of all parts in the world the most disgusting to me. I quite detest her. An odious, little, pert, unnatural, impudent girl. I have always protested against comedy, and this is comedy in its worst form."
"I am sure I would give up the part to Julia most willingly, but that though I shall probably do it very ill, I feel persuaded she would do it worse,"
"I take the part which Lady Ravenshaw was to have done, and"
"Miss Crawford is to be Amelia."
"We see things very differently,"
"I am perfectly acquainted with the play, I assure you; and with a very few omissions, and so forth, which will be made, of course, I can see nothing objectionable in it; and I am not the only young woman you find who thinks it very fit for private representation."
"I am much obliged to you, Edmund; you mean very well, I am sure: but I still think you see things too strongly; and I really cannot undertake to harangue all the rest upon a subject of this kind. There would be the greatest indecorum, I think."
"If I were to decline the part,"
"Julia would certainly take it."
"Oh! she might think the difference between us— the difference in our situations —that she need not be so scrupulous as I might feel necessary. I am sure she would argue so. No; you must excuse me; I cannot retract my consent; it is too far settled, everybody would be so disappointed, Tom would be quite angry; and if we are so very nice, we shall never act anything."
"the Mansfield theatricals would enliven the whole neighbourhood exceedingly,"
"And I do believe she can say every word of it,"
"for she could put Mrs. Grant right the other day in twenty places. Fanny, I am sure you know the part."
"My father is come! He is in the hall at this moment."
"I need not be afraid of appearing before him."
"It is time to think of our visitors,"
"Where did you leave Miss Crawford, Fanny?"
"The Thrush is gone out of harbour, please sir, and one of the officers has been here to—"