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Patterns of Diction in Jane Austen's Major Novels


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“We are speaking of music, madam,”
“I assure you, madam,”
“that she does not need such advice. She practises very constantly.”
“Pray let me hear what you have to accuse him of,”
“I should like to know how he behaves among strangers.”
“I can answer your question,”
“without applying to him. It is because he will not give himself the trouble.”
“I have been making the tour of the park,”
“as I generally do every year, and intend to close it with a call at the Parsonage. Are you going much farther?”
“Yes — if Darcy does not put it off again. But I am at his disposal. He arranges the business just as he pleases.”
“He likes to have his own way very well,”
“But so we all do. It is only that he has better means of having it than many others, because he is rich, and many others are poor. I speak feelingly. A younger son, you know, must be inured to self-denial and dependence.”
“These are home questions — and perhaps I cannot say that I have experienced many hardships of that nature. But in matters of greater weight, I may suffer from the want of money. Younger sons cannot marry where they like.”
“Our habits of expense make us too dependent, and there are not many in my rank of life who can afford to marry without some attention to money.”
“that is an advantage which he must divide with me. I am joined with him in the guardianship of Miss Darcy.”
“I know them a little. Their brother is a pleasant gentlemanlike man — he is a great friend of Darcy's.”
“Care of him! Yes, I really believe Darcy does take care of him in those points where he most wants care. From something that he told me in our journey hither, I have reason to think Bingley very much indebted to him. But I ought to beg his pardon, for I have no right to suppose that Bingley was the person meant. It was all conjecture.”
“It is a circumstance which Darcy of course could not wish to be generally known, because if it were to get round to the lady's family, it would be an unpleasant thing.”
“And remember that I have not much reason for supposing it to be Bingley. What he told me was merely this: that he congratulated himself on having lately saved a friend from the inconveniences of a most imprudent marriage, but without mentioning names or any other particulars, and I only suspected it to be Bingley from believing him the kind of young man to get into a scrape of that sort, and from knowing them to have been together the whole of last summer.”
“I understood that there were some very strong objections against the lady.”
“He did not talk to me of his own arts,”
“He only told me what I have now told you.”
“You are rather disposed to call his interference officious?”
“That is not an unnatural surmise,”
“but it is a lessening of the honour of my cousin's triumph very sadly.”