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Patterns of Diction in Jane Austen's Major Novels


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"she could never get acquainted with her: she did not know how it was, but there was such coldness and reserve— such apparent indifference whether she pleased or not —and then, her aunt was such an eternal talker!—and she was made such a fuss with by every body!—and it had been always imagined that they were to be so intimate—because their ages were the same, every body had supposed they must be so fond of each other."
"She certainly is handsome; she is better than handsome!"
"Was he handsome?"—
"Was he agreeable?"—
"Did he appear a sensible young man; a young man of information?"—
"I am happy you approved,"
"but I hope I am not often deficient in what is due to guests at Hartfield."
"Miss Fairfax is reserved."
"You think her diffident. I do not see it."
"Oh! no; I was pleased with my own perseverance in asking questions; and amused to think how little information I obtained."
"She is a sort of elegant creature that one cannot keep one's eyes from. I am always watching her to admire; and I do pity her from my heart."
"My dear papa, I sent the whole hind-quarter. I knew you would wish it. There will be the leg to be salted, you know, which is so very nice, and the loin to be dressed directly in any manner they like."
"News! Oh! yes, I always like news. What is it?—why do you smile so?—where did you hear it?—at Randalls?"
"Mr. Elton going to be married!"
"He will have every body's wishes for his happiness."
"Who shall answer that question?"
"My father would say 'yes,' Mr. Knightley 'no;' and Miss Bates and I that he is just the happy medium. When you have been here a little longer, Miss Fairfax, you will understand that Mr. Elton is the standard of perfection in Highbury, both in person and mind."
"As to who, or what Miss Hawkins is, or how long he has been acquainted with her,"
"nothing I suppose can be known. One feels that it cannot be a very long acquaintance. He has been gone only four weeks."
"You are silent, Miss Fairfax— but I hope you mean to take an interest in this news. You, who have been hearing and seeing so much of late on these subjects, who must have been so deep in the business on Miss Campbell's account —we shall not excuse your being indifferent about Mr. Elton and Miss Hawkins."
"It might be distressing, for the moment,"
"but you seem to have behaved extremely well; and it is over—and may never— can never, as a first meeting, occur again, and therefore you need not think about it."
"This is too bad,"
"And now we shall just miss them; too provoking!—I do not know when I have been so disappointed."
"My dear, dear anxious friend,"—
"always overcareful for every body's comfort but your own; I see you now in all your little fidgets, going again and again into his room, to be sure that all is right."
"'Tis twelve; I shall not forget to think of you four hours hence; and by this time to-morrow, perhaps, or a little later, I may be thinking of the possibility of their all calling here. I am sure they will bring him soon."
"You cannot see too much perfection in Mrs. Weston for my feelings,"
"were you to guess her to be eighteen, I should listen with pleasure; but she would be ready to quarrel with you for using such words. Don't let her imagine that you have spoken of her as a pretty young woman."
"I have heard her speak of the acquaintance,"
"she is a very elegant young woman."
"If you were never particularly struck by her manners before,"
"I think you will to-day. You will see her to advantage; see her and hear her —no, I am afraid you will not hear her at all, for she has an aunt who never holds her tongue."
"And how did you think Miss Fairfax looking?"
"It was certainly never brilliant, but she would not allow it to have a sickly hue in general; and there was a softness and delicacy in her skin which gave peculiar elegance to the character of her face."
"there is no disputing about taste.—At least you admire her except her complexion."
"Did you see her often at Weymouth? Were you often in the same society?"
"Oh! yes, gloves and every thing. I do admire your patriotism. You will be adored in Highbury. You were very popular before you came, because you were Mr. Weston's son—but lay out half a guinea at Ford's, and your popularity will stand upon your own virtues."
"I merely asked, whether you had known much of Miss Fairfax and her party at Weymouth."
"Upon my word! you answer as discreetly as she could do herself. But her account of every thing leaves so much to be guessed, she is so very reserved, so very unwilling to give the least information about any body, that I really think you may say what you like of your acquaintance with her."
"You know Miss Fairfax's situation in life, I conclude; what she is destined to be?"
"I certainly do forget to think of her,"
"as having ever been any thing but my friend and my dearest friend."
"Ever hear her!"
"You forget how much she belongs to Highbury. I have heard her every year of our lives since we both began. She plays charmingly."
"Proof indeed!"
"Mr. Dixon is very musical, is he? We shall know more about them all, in half an hour, from you, than Miss Fairfax would have vouchsafed in half a year."
"Certainly —very strong it was; to own the truth, a great deal stronger than, if I had been Miss Campbell, would have been at all agreeable to me. I could not excuse a man's having more music than love —more ear than eye —a more acute sensibility to fine sounds than to my feelings. How did Miss Campbell appear to like it?"
"Poor comfort!"