Austen Said:

Patterns of Diction in Jane Austen's Major Novels


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"I suppose you know, ma'am, that Mr. Ferrars is married."
"I see Mr. Ferrars myself, ma'am, this morning in Exeter, and his lady too, Miss Steele as was. They was stopping in a chaise at the door of the New London Inn, as I went there with a message from Sally at the Park to her brother, who is one of the post-boys. I happened to look up as I went by the chaise, and so I see directly it was the youngest Miss Steele; so I took off my hat, and she knew me and called to me, and inquired after you, ma'am, and the young ladies, especially Miss Marianne, and
bid me
"Yes, ma'am. She smiled, and
She was always a very affable and free-spoken young lady, and very civil behaved. So, I made free to wish her joy."
"Yes, ma'am, I just see him leaning back in it, but he did not look up; — he never was a gentleman much for talking."
"No, ma'am, only they two."
as Miss Lucy — Mrs. Ferrars told me."
"Yes, ma'am — but not to bide long. They will soon be back again, and then they'd be sure and call here."
"No, ma'am — the horses were just coming out, but I could not bide any longer; I was afraid of being late."
"Yes, ma'am,
she said how
and to my mind she was always a very handsome young lady — and she seemed vastly contented."
"master nor mistress was at home;"
they had both been out some time;
they were gone to Hartfield.
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
"Miss Fairfax was not well enough to write;"
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.