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Patterns of Diction in Jane Austen's Major Novels


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"Oh, Elinor!"
"I have such a secret to tell you about Marianne. I am sure she will be married to Mr. Willoughby very soon."
"But indeed this is quite another thing. I am sure they will be married very soon, for he has got a lock of her hair."
"But, indeed, Elinor, it is Marianne's. I am almost sure it is, for I saw him cut it off. Last night after tea, when you and mama went out of the room, they were whispering and talking together as fast as could be, and he seemed to be begging something of her, and presently he took up her scissors and cut off a long lock of her hair, for it was all tumbled down her back; and he kissed it, and folded it up in a piece of white paper; and put it into his pocket-book."
"I must not tell, may I, Elinor?"
"I never had any conjectures about it,"
"it was you who told me of it yourself."
"I must not tell, ma'am. But I know very well what it is; and I know where he is too."
"No, THAT he is not. He is of no profession at all."
"Well, then, he is lately dead, Marianne, for I am sure there was such a man once, and his name begins with an F."
"I wish,"
"that somebody would give us all a large fortune apiece!"
"Oh dear!"
"how happy I should be! I wonder what I should do with it!"