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Patterns of Diction in Jane Austen's Major Novels


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"it is a comfort to be prepared against the worst. You have got your answer ready."
"You forget,"
"that its situation is not...that it is not in the neighbourhood of..."
"I shall always think myself very much obliged to you."
"The smallness of the house,"
"I cannot imagine any inconvenience to them, for it will be in proportion to their family and income."
"Thank you, ma'am,"
"It is a matter of great joy to me; and I feel the goodness of Colonel Brandon most sensibly. There are not many men who would act as he has done. Few people who have so compassionate a heart! I never was more astonished in my life."
"You judged from your knowledge of the Colonel's general benevolence; but at least you could not foresee that the opportunity would so very soon occur."
"You mean to go to Delaford after them I suppose,"
"He spoke of its being out of repair."
"Certainly, ma'am, I shall tell Marianne of it; but I shall not mention it at present to any body else."
"No, ma'am, not even Lucy if you please. One day's delay will not be very material; and till I have written to Mr. Ferrars, I think it ought not to be mentioned to any body else. I shall do THAT directly. It is of importance that no time should be lost with him, for he will of course have much to do relative to his ordination."
"Colonel Brandon is so delicate a man, that he rather wished any one to announce his intentions to Mr. Ferrars than himself."
"Certainly, ma'am,"
"You would not have gone, however,"
"without receiving our good wishes, even if we had not been able to give them in person. Mrs. Jennings was quite right in what she said. I have something of consequence to inform you of, which I was on the point of communicating by paper. I am charged with a most agreeable office
Colonel Brandon,
who was here only ten minutes ago,
has desired me to say, that
Allow me to congratulate you on having so respectable and well-judging a friend, and to join in his wish that the living — it is about two hundred a-year — were much more considerable, and such as might better enable you to — as might be more than a temporary accommodation to yourself — such, in short, as might establish all your views of happiness."
"Colonel Brandon means it as a testimony of his concern for what has lately passed — for the cruel situation in which the unjustifiable conduct of your family has placed you — a concern which I am sure Marianne, myself, and all your friends, must share; and likewise as a proof of his high esteem for your general character, and his particular approbation of your behaviour on the present occasion."
"The unkindness of your own relations has made you astonished to find friendship any where."
"You are very much mistaken. I do assure you that you owe it entirely, at least almost entirely, to your own merit, and Colonel Brandon's discernment of it. I have had no hand in it. I did not even know, till I understood his design, that the living was vacant; nor had it ever occurred to me that he might have had such a living in his gift. As a friend of mine, of my family, he may, perhaps — indeed I know he HAS, still greater pleasure in bestowing it; but, upon my word, you owe nothing to my solicitation."
"I believe that you will find him, on farther acquaintance, all that you have heard him to be, and as you will be such very near neighbours (for I understand the parsonage is almost close to the mansion-house,) it is particularly important that he SHOULD be all this."
"When I see him again,"
"I shall see him the husband of Lucy."
"No, ma'am; THAT was not very likely."
"I know so little of these kind of forms, that I can hardly even conjecture as to the time, or the preparation necessary; but I suppose two or three months will complete his ordination."
"My dear ma'am,"
"what can you be thinking of? — Why, Colonel Brandon's only object is to be of use to Mr. Ferrars."
"But Colonel Brandon does not seem to have any idea of the living's being enough to allow them to marry."
"It is perfectly true. — Colonel Brandon has given the living of Delaford to Edward."
"About two hundred a year."
"A very simple one — to be of use to Mr. Ferrars."
"But why should such precaution be used? — Though it is not to be supposed that Mrs. Ferrars can have the smallest satisfaction in knowing that her son has money enough to live upon, — for THAT must be quite out of the question; yet why, upon her late behaviour, is she supposed to feel at all? — She has done with her son, she cast him off for ever, and has made all those over whom she had any influence, cast him off likewise. Surely, after doing so, she cannot be imagined liable to any impression of sorrow or of joy on his account — she cannot be interested in any thing that befalls him. — She would not be so weak as to throw away the comfort of a child, and yet retain the anxiety of a parent!"
"You surprise me; I should think it must nearly have escaped her memory by THIS time."
"The lady, I suppose, has no choice in the affair."
"I only mean that I suppose, from your manner of speaking, it must be the same to Miss Morton whether she marry Edward or Robert."
"Have you ever seen the lady?"
"Not yet,"
"but she will be here, I hope, before it is long. It is a great way, you know, from hence to Barton."
"No, sir,"
"I shall NOT stay. Your business cannot be with ME. The servants, I suppose, forgot to tell you that Mr. Palmer was not in the house."
"With me!" —
"well, sir, — be quick — and if you can — less violent."