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Patterns of Diction in Jane Austen's Major Novels


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"The navy, I think, who have done so much for us, have at least an equal claim with any other set of men, for all the comforts and all the privileges which any home can give. Sailors work hard enough for their comforts, we must all allow."
"He is a rear admiral of the white. He was in the Trafalgar action, and has been in the East Indies since; he was stationed there, I believe, several years."
"You mean Mr Wentworth, I suppose?"
"A few months more, and he, perhaps, may be walking here."
"There is hardly any personal defect,"
"which an agreeable manner might not gradually reconcile one to."
"I am sorry to find you unwell,"
"You sent me such a good account of yourself on Thursday!"
"You have had your little boys with you?"
"Well, you will soon be better now,"
"You know I always cure you when I come. How are your neighbours at the Great House?"
"You will see them yet, perhaps, before the morning is gone. It is early."
"My dear Mary, recollect what a comfortable account you sent me of yourself! You wrote in the cheerfullest manner, and said you were perfectly well, and in no hurry for me; and that being the case, you must be aware that my wish would be to remain with Lady Russell to the last: and besides what I felt on her account, I have really been so busy, have had so much to do, that I could not very conveniently have left Kellynch sooner."
"A great many things, I assure you. More than I can recollect in a moment; but I can tell you some. I have been making a duplicate of the catalogue of my father's books and pictures. I have been several times in the garden with Mackenzie, trying to understand, and make him understand, which of Elizabeth's plants are for Lady Russell. I have had all my own little concerns to arrange, books and music to divide, and all my trunks to repack, from not having understood in time what was intended as to the waggons: and one thing I have had to do, Mary, of a more trying nature: going to almost every house in the parish, as a sort of take-leave. I was told that they wished it. But all these things took up a great deal of time."
"Did you go then? I have made no enquiries, because I concluded you must have been obliged to give up the party."
"I am very glad you were well enough, and I hope you had a pleasant party."
"I have not the smallest objection on that account,"
I should never think of standing on such ceremony with people I know so well as Mrs and the Miss Musgroves."
"Very true."
"But that was only the effect of the suddenness of your alarm -- of the shock. You will not be hysterical again. I dare say we shall have nothing to distress us. I perfectly understand Mr Robinson's directions, and have no fears; and indeed, Mary, I cannot wonder at your husband. Nursing does not belong to a man; it is not his province. A sick child is always the mother's property: her own feelings generally make it so."
"But, could you be comfortable yourself, to be spending the whole evening away from the poor boy?"
"Well, if you do not think it too late to give notice for yourself, suppose you were to go, as well as your husband. Leave little Charles to my care. Mr and Mrs Musgrove cannot think it wrong while I remain with him."
"It is over! it is over!"
"The worst is over!"
"Altered beyond his knowledge."
"They are up stairs with my sister: they will be down in a few moments, I dare say,"
"How do you do? Will you not sit down? The others will be here presently."
"get down this moment. You are extremely troublesome. I am very angry with you."
"Is not this one of the ways to Winthrop?"
"And yet,"
"he has not, perhaps, a more sorrowing heart than I have. I cannot believe his prospects so blighted for ever. He is younger than I am; younger in feeling, if not in fact; younger as a man. He will rally again, and be happy with another."
"These would have been all my friends,"
"that I can easily believe to be impossible; but in time, perhaps -- we know what time does in every case of affliction, and you must remember, Captain Harville, that your friend may yet be called a young mourner -- only last summer, I understand."
"And not known to him, perhaps, so soon."
"Go to him, go to him,"
"for heaven's sake go to him. I can support her myself. Leave me, and go to him. Rub her hands, rub her temples; here are salts; take them, take them."
A surgeon!"
"Captain Benwick, would not it be better for Captain Benwick? He knows where a surgeon is to be found."
"Had not she better be carried to the inn? Yes, I am sure: carry her gently to the inn."
"It was what she had been thinking of, and wishing to be allowed to do. A bed on the floor in Louisa's room would be sufficient for her, if Mrs Harville would but think so."
"I think you are very likely to suffer the most of the two; your feelings are less reconciled to the change than mine. By remaining in the neighbourhood, I am become inured to it."
"Another time, Sir, I thank you, not now."
"There we differ, Mary,"
"I think Lady Russell would like him. I think she would be so much pleased with his mind, that she would very soon see no deficiency in his manner."
"Oh! when shall I leave you again?"
"Oh! no, that must have been quite accidental. In general she has been in very good health and very good looks since Michaelmas."
"No, nothing."
"No, nothing at all."