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Patterns of Diction in Jane Austen's Major Novels


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“Well, ma’am, what do you say to it? Can you spare me for an hour or two? Shall I go?”
“Oh! Mr. Allen, you mean. Yes, I believe, he is very rich.”
“No — not any.”
“My godfather! No.”
“Yes, very much.”
“His bottle a day! No. Why should you think of such a thing? He is a very temperate man, and you could not fancy him in liquor last night?”
“I cannot believe it.”
“And yet I have heard that there is a great deal of wine drunk in Oxford.”
“Yes, it does give a notion,”
“and that is, that you all drink a great deal more wine than I thought you did. However, I am sure James does not drink so much.”
“You do not really think, Mr. Thorpe,”
“that James’s gig will break down?”
“Good heavens!”
“Then pray let us turn back; they will certainly meet with an accident if we go on. Do let us turn back, Mr. Thorpe; stop and speak to my brother, and tell him how very unsafe it is.”
he must know the carriage to be in fact perfectly safe,
“Yes, ma’am, I thank you; we could not have had a nicer day.”
“You have seen Mrs. Thorpe, then?”
“Did you see anybody else of our acquaintance?”
“Did you indeed? And did they speak to you?”
“And what did she tell you of them?”
“Did she tell you what part of Gloucestershire they come from?”
“And are Mr. and Mrs. Tilney in Bath?”
“And is Mr. Tilney, my partner, the only son?”
“he is not here; I cannot see him anywhere.”
“No, indeed I should not.”
“Indeed you do me injustice; I would not have made so improper a remark upon any account; and besides, I am sure it would never have entered my head.”
“How well your brother dances!”
“He must have thought it very odd to hear me say I was engaged the other evening, when he saw me sitting down. But I really had been engaged the whole day to Mr. Thorpe.”
“You cannot think,”
“how surprised I was to see him again. I felt so sure of his being quite gone away.”
“That never occurred to me; and of course, not seeing him anywhere, I thought he must be gone. Was not the young lady he danced with on Monday a Miss Smith?”
“I dare say she was very glad to dance. Do you think her pretty?”
“He never comes to the pump-room, I suppose?”
“I hope I shall have the pleasure of seeing you again soon,”
“Shall you be at the cotillion ball tomorrow?
“I am glad of it, for we shall all be there.”
her folly, in supposing that among such a crowd they should even meet with the Tilneys in any reasonable time,
To escape,
so narrowly escape John Thorpe, and to be asked, so immediately on his joining her, asked by Mr. Tilney, as if he had sought her on purpose! — it did not appear to her that life could supply any greater felicity.
“I wonder you should think so, for you never asked me.”
“Oh, no; they will never think of me, after such a description as that.”
“But they are such very different things!”
“To be sure not. People that marry can never part, but must go and keep house together. People that dance only stand opposite each other in a long room for half an hour.”
“Yes, to be sure, as you state it, all this sounds very well; but still they are so very different. I cannot look upon them at all in the same light, nor think the same duties belong to them.”
“No, indeed, I never thought of that.”
“Mr. Thorpe is such a very particular friend of my brother’s, that if he talks to me, I must talk to him again; but there are hardly three young men in the room besides him that I have any acquaintance with.”
“Nay, I am sure you cannot have a better; for if I do not know anybody, it is impossible for me to talk to them; and, besides, I do not want to talk to anybody.”
“Yes, quite — more so, indeed.”
“I do not think I should be tired, if I were to stay here six months.”