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Patterns of Diction in Jane Austen's Major Novels


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“Lizzy, you must not do so. You must not suspect me. It mortifies me. I assure you that I have now learnt to enjoy his conversation as an agreeable and sensible young man, without having a wish beyond it. I am perfectly satisfied, from what his manners now are, that he never had any design of engaging my affection. It is only that he is blessed with greater sweetness of address, and a stronger desire of generally pleasing, than any other man.”
“You are very cruel,”
“you will not let me smile, and are provoking me to it every moment.”
“How hard it is in some cases to be believed!"
"And how impossible in others!”
“But why should you wish to persuade me that I feel more than I acknowledge?”
“That is a question which I hardly know how to answer. We all love to instruct, though we can teach only what is not worth knowing. Forgive me; and if you persist in indifference, do not make me your confidante.”
“We will be down as soon as we can,”
“but I dare say Kitty is forwarder than either of us, for she went up stairs half an hour ago.”
to go down without one of her sisters.
she would not give in to it.
all must speedily be concluded, unless Mr. Darcy returned within the stated time.
all this must have taken place with that gentleman's concurrence.
there was reason to fear that her mother had been too ingenious for her.
Their situation was awkward enough; but hers
was still worse.
she was the happiest creature in the world.
“'Tis too much!”
“by far too much. I do not deserve it. Oh! why is not everybody as happy?"
“I must go instantly to my mother;”
“I would not on any account trifle with her affectionate solicitude; or allow her to hear it from anyone but myself. He is gone to my father already. Oh! Lizzy, to know that what I have to relate will give such pleasure to all my dear family! how shall I bear so much happiness!”
the rapidity and ease with which an affair was finally settled, that had given them so many previous months of suspense and vexation.
“And this,”
“is the end of all his friend's anxious circumspection! of all his sister's falsehood and contrivance! the happiest, wisest, most reasonable end!”
“With my mother up stairs. She will be down in a moment, I dare say.”
all his expectations of felicity to be rationally founded, because they had for basis the excellent understanding, and super-excellent disposition of Jane, and a general similarity of feeling and taste between her and himself.
“I hope not so. Imprudence or thoughtlessness in money matters would be unpardonable in me.”
“He has made me so happy,”
“by telling me that he was totally ignorant of my being in town last spring! I had not believed it possible.”
“I suspected as much,”
“But how did he account for it?”
“It must have been his sister's doing. They were certainly no friends to his acquaintance with me, which I cannot wonder at, since he might have chosen so much more advantageously in many respects. But when they see, as I trust they will, that their brother is happy with me, they will learn to be contented, and we shall be on good terms again; though we can never be what we once were to each other.”
“That is the most unforgiving speech,”
“that I ever heard you utter. Good girl! It would vex me, indeed, to see you again the dupe of Miss Bingley's pretended regard.”
“Would you believe it, Lizzy, that when he went to town last November, he really loved me, and nothing but a persuasion of my being indifferent would have prevented his coming down again!”
“He made a little mistake to be sure; but it is to the credit of his modesty.”
on his diffidence, and the little value he put on his own good qualities.
he had not betrayed the interference of his friend, for, though Jane had the most generous and forgiving heart in the world,
it was a circumstance which must prejudice her against him.
“I am certainly the most fortunate creature that ever existed!”
“Oh! Lizzy, why am I thus singled from my family, and blessed above them all! If I could but see you as happy! If there were but such another man for you!”
“If you were to give me forty such men, I never could be so happy as you. Till I have your disposition, your goodness, I never can have your happiness. No, no, let me shift for myself; and, perhaps, if I have very good luck, I may meet with another Mr. Collins in time.”
she was.
“How could I ever think her like her nephew?”
“Indeed, you are mistaken, Madam. I have not been at all able to account for the honour of seeing you here.”
“If you believed it impossible to be true,”
“I wonder you took the trouble of coming so far. What could your ladyship propose by it?”
“Your coming to Longbourn, to see me and my family,”
“I never heard that it was.”
“I do not pretend to possess equal frankness with your ladyship. You may ask questions which I shall not choose to answer.”