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Patterns of Diction in Jane Austen's Major Novels


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besides, it was such a pity that Lydia should be taken from a regiment where she was acquainted with everybody, and had so many favourites.
her brother, Captain Wentworth, is just returned to England, or paid off, or something, and is coming to see them almost directly;
  • Novel: Persuasion
  • Character: Louisa Musgrove speaking as Mrs. Croft and Admiral Croft
  • Link to text in chapter 6
  • Text ID: 00557
the Crofts are going to Bath almost immediately; they think the Admiral gouty.
on the strength of his present income, with almost a certainty of something more permanent long before the term in question, the two families had consented to the young people's wishes,
she had been unjust, inattentive, nay, almost unkind, to her Elinor;
— that Marianne's affliction, because more acknowledged, more immediately before her, had too much engrossed her tenderness, and led her away to forget that in Elinor she might have a daughter suffering almost as much, certainly with less self-provocation, and greater fortitude.
now he wrote with the greatest confidence of being often with them, almost as often as he could even wish.
They had gone, in short —and very great had been the evident distress and confusion of the lady. She had hardly been able to speak a word, and every look and action had shewn how deeply she was suffering from consciousness. The quiet, heart-felt satisfaction of the old lady, and the rapturous delight of her daughter—who proved even too joyous to talk as usual, had been a gratifying, yet almost an affecting, scene. They were both so truly respectable in their happiness, so disinterested in every sensation; thought so much of Jane; so much of every body, and so little of themselves, that every kindly feeling was at work for them. Miss Fairfax's recent illness had offered a fair plea for Mrs. Weston to invite her to an airing; she had drawn back and declined at first, but, on being pressed had yielded; and, in the course of their drive, Mrs. Weston had, by gentle encouragement, overcome so much of her embarrassment, as to bring her to converse on the important subject. Apologies for her seemingly ungracious silence in their first reception, and the warmest expressions of the gratitude she was always feeling towards herself and Mr. Weston, must necessarily open the cause; but when these effusions were put by, they had talked a good deal of the present and of the future state of the engagement. Mrs. Weston was convinced that such conversation must be the greatest relief to her companion, pent up within her own mind as every thing had so long been, and was very much pleased with all that she had said on the subject.
She believed she had been foolish, but it had alarmed her, and she had been within half a minute of sending for Mr. Perry. Perhaps she ought to be ashamed, but Mr. Weston had been almost as uneasy as herself.—In ten minutes, however, the child had been perfectly well again.
Some one was talking there in a very loud accent; he did not know the voice —more than talking— almost hallooing.
the necessity of making his own wife and sister-in-law acquainted with the business without delay; though, on Fanny's account, he almost dreaded the effect of the communication to Mrs. Norris as much as Fanny herself. He deprecated her mistaken but well-meaning zeal.