Austen Said:

Patterns of Diction in Jane Austen's Major Novels


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"master nor mistress was at home;"
they had both been out some time;
they were gone to Hartfield.
she thought the kitchen chimney wanted sweeping.
it was all the apples of that sort his master had; he had brought them all—and now his master had not one left to bake or boil.
  • Novel: Emma
  • Character: Miss Bates speaking as Miss Patty speaking as Mr William Larkins
  • Link to text in chapter 27
  • Text ID: 02522
"The ladies were all at home."
she would be pleased to wait a moment, and then ushered her in too soon. The aunt and niece seemed both escaping into the adjoining room. Jane she had a distinct glimpse of, looking extremely ill; and, before the door had shut them out, she heard Miss Bates saying,
"Miss Fairfax was not well enough to write;"
their being at home, to wait in the passage, and send up her name.—
I should not find his master at home,
He did not know what was come to his master lately,
but he could hardly ever get the speech of him.