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Patterns of Diction in Jane Austen's Major Novels


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There was no longer anything to disturb them in their darling project,
jealous weakness to which they attributed the change,
Edmund might still look grave, and say he did not like the scheme in general, and must disapprove the play in particular; their point was gained: he was to act, and he was driven to it by the force of selfish inclinations only. Edmund had descended from that moral elevation which he had maintained before,