Austen Said:

Patterns of Diction in Jane Austen's Major Novels


Your search returned 277 results

Setting her own inclination apart, to have failed a second time in her engagement to Miss Tilney, to have retracted a promise voluntarily made only five minutes before, and on a false pretence too, must have been wrong. She had not been withstanding them on selfish principles alone, she had not consulted merely her own gratification; that might have been ensured in some degree by the excursion itself, by seeing Blaize Castle; no, she had attended to what was due to others, and to her own character in their opinion.
she must speak with Miss Tilney that moment,
John Thorpe had given the message;
owning herself greatly surprised by it.
he might be sometimes depended on.
was greatly obliged; but it was quite out of her power. Mr. and Mrs. Allen would expect her back every moment.
“Oh, no; Catherine was sure they would not have the least objection, and she should have great pleasure in coming.”
with great elasticity,
whether she had been perfectly right. A sacrifice was always noble; and if she had given way to their entreaties, she should have been spared the distressing idea of a friend displeased, a brother angry, and a scheme of great happiness to both destroyed, perhaps through her means.
whether it would not be both proper and kind in her to write to Miss Thorpe, and explain the indecorum of which she must be as insensible as herself; for she considered that Isabella might otherwise perhaps be going to Clifton the next day, in spite of what had passed.
what would the Tilneys have thought of her, if she had broken her promise to them in order to do what was wrong in itself, if she had been guilty of one breach of propriety, only to enable her to be guilty of another?
It seemed as if a good view were no longer to be taken from the top of an high hill, and that a clear blue sky was no longer a proof of a fine day.
she would give anything in the world to be able to draw;
Henry Tilney could never be wrong.
His manner might sometimes surprise, but his meaning must always be just:
nothing of any of them.
two of the sweetest girls in the world,
her dear friends
the party had not been prevented by her refusing to join it,
it might be too pleasant to allow either James or Isabella to resent her resistance any longer.
it had been altogether the most delightful scheme in the world,
nobody could imagine how charming it had been,
it had been more delightful than anybody could conceive.
they had driven directly to the York Hotel, ate some soup, and bespoke an early dinner, walked down to the pump-room, tasted the water, and laid out some shillings in purses and spars; thence adjoined to eat ice at a pastry-cook’s, and hurrying back to the hotel, swallowed their dinner in haste, to prevent being in the dark; and then had a delightful drive back, only the moon was not up, and it rained a little, and Mr. Morland’s horse was so tired he could hardly get it along.
Blaize Castle had never been thought of; and, as for all the rest, there was nothing to regret for half an instant.
insupportably cross, from being excluded the party.
Her heart and faith were alike engaged to James.
Her brother and her friend engaged!
The happiness of having such a sister
the power of love;
nothing could have been safer;
her father and mother would never oppose their son’s wishes.
he would go.
a good journey.
her great good luck.
the necessity of its concealment,
she could have known his intention,
she could have seen him before he went, as she should certainly have troubled him with her best regards to his father and mother, and her kind compliments to all the Skinners.
it had been a release to get away from him.
It could not be General Tilney’s fault. That he was perfectly agreeable and good-natured, and altogether a very charming man, did not admit of a doubt, for he was tall and handsome, and Henry’s father. He could not be accountable for his children’s want of spirits, or for her want of enjoyment in his company.
“It was all pride, pride, insufferable haughtiness and pride! She had long suspected the family to be very high, and this made it certain. Such insolence of behaviour as Miss Tilney’s she had never heard of in her life! Not to do the honours of her house with common good breeding! To behave to her guest with such superciliousness! Hardly even to speak to her!”
there had been no insolence in the manners either of brother or sister;
there being any pride in their hearts.
it possible
some people might think him handsomer than his brother,
it a very long quarter of an hour,
she was very sure Miss Thorpe did not mean to dance at all.
having everything so pleasantly settled.
the delay of the marriage was the only source of Isabella’s regret;