Austen Said:

Patterns of Diction in Jane Austen's Major Novels


Your search returned 1123 results



marriage status

class status


mode of speech

“though it had not occurred to me before. His debts to be discharged, and something still to remain! Oh! it must be my uncle's doings! Generous, good man, I am afraid he has distressed himself. A small sum could not do all this.”
“Ten thousand pounds! Heaven forbid! How is half such a sum to be repaid?”
“And they are really to be married!”
“How strange this is! And for this we are to be thankful. That they should marry, small as is their chance of happiness, and wretched as is his character, we are forced to rejoice. Oh, Lydia!”
“I comfort myself with thinking,”
“that he certainly would not marry Lydia if he had not a real regard for her. Though our kind uncle has done something towards clearing him, I cannot believe that ten thousand pounds, or anything like it, has been advanced. He has children of his own, and may have more. How could he spare half ten thousand pounds?”
“If he were ever able to learn what Wickham's debts have been,”
“and how much is settled on his side on our sister, we shall exactly know what Mr. Gardiner has done for them, because Wickham has not sixpence of his own. The kindness of my uncle and aunt can never be requited. Their taking her home, and affording her their personal protection and countenance, is such a sacrifice to her advantage as years of gratitude cannot enough acknowledge. By this time she is actually with them! If such goodness does not make her miserable now, she will never deserve to be happy! What a meeting for her, when she first sees my aunt!”
“We must endeavour to forget all that has passed on either side,”
“I hope and trust they will yet be happy. His consenting to marry her is a proof, I will believe, that he is come to a right way of thinking. Their mutual affection will steady them; and I flatter myself they will settle so quietly, and live in so rational a manner, as may in time make their past imprudence forgotten.”
“Their conduct has been such,”
“as neither you, nor I, nor anybody, can ever forget. It is useless to talk of it.”
“May we take my uncle's letter to read to her?”
her thoughts to the obligations which Mr. Gardiner's behaviour laid them all under.
“For we must attribute this happy conclusion,”
“in a great measure to his kindness. We are persuaded that he has pledged himself to assist Mr. Wickham with money.”
to wait till her father was at leisure to be consulted.
One day's delay,
would be of small importance;
she might think with freedom.
Poor Lydia's situation must, at best, be bad enough; but that it was no worse, she had need to be thankful.
and though, in looking forward, neither rational happiness nor worldly prosperity could be justly expected for her sister, in looking back to what they had feared, only two hours ago, she felt all the advantages of what they had gained.
for, at any rate, there seemed a gulf impassable between them. Had Lydia's marriage been concluded on the most honourable terms, it was not to be supposed that Mr. Darcy would connect himself with a family where, to every other objection would now be added an alliance and relationship of the nearest kind with a man whom he so justly scorned.
The wish of procuring her regard,
could not in rational expectation survive such a blow as this.
What a triumph for him,
could he know that the proposals which she had proudly spurned only four months ago, would now have been most gladly and gratefully received! He was as generous, she doubted not, as the most generous of his sex; but while he was mortal, there must be a triumph.
he was exactly the man who, in disposition and talents, would most suit her. His understanding and temper, though unlike her own, would have answered all her wishes. It was an union that must have been to the advantage of both; by her ease and liveliness, his mind might have been softened, his manners improved; and from his judgement, information, and knowledge of the world, she must have received benefit of greater importance.
But no such happy marriage could now teach the admiring multitude what connubial felicity really was. An union of a different tendency, and precluding the possibility of the other, was soon to be formed in their family.
How Wickham and Lydia were to be supported in tolerable independence,
But how little of permanent happiness could belong to a couple who were only brought together because their passions were stronger than their virtue,
to draw no limits in future to the impudence of an impudent man.
very unable to equal in her replies.
They seemed each of them to have the happiest memories in the world.
“I thank you for my share of the favour,”
“but I do not particularly like your way of getting husbands.”
Wickham's affection for Lydia
not equal to Lydia's for him.
from the reason of things, that their elopement had been brought on by the strength of her love, rather than by his;
without violently caring for her, he chose to elope with her at all,
his flight was rendered necessary by distress of circumstances; and if that were the case, he was not the young man to resist an opportunity of having a companion.
“No really,”
“I think there cannot be too little said on the subject.”
“Mr. Darcy!”
“If it was to be secret,”
“say not another word on the subject. You may depend upon my seeking no further.”
“Oh! certainly,”
“we will ask you no questions.”
But to live in ignorance on such a point was impossible; or at least it was impossible not to try for information.
Mr. Darcy had been at her sister's wedding. It was exactly a scene, and exactly among people, where he had apparently least to do, and least temptation to go.