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Patterns of Diction in Jane Austen's Major Novels


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“I should like to know how he behaves among strangers.”
“I can answer your question,”
“without applying to him. It is because he will not give himself the trouble.”
“I have been making the tour of the park,”
“as I generally do every year, and intend to close it with a call at the Parsonage. Are you going much farther?”
“Yes — if Darcy does not put it off again. But I am at his disposal. He arranges the business just as he pleases.”
“He likes to have his own way very well,”
“But so we all do. It is only that he has better means of having it than many others, because he is rich, and many others are poor. I speak feelingly. A younger son, you know, must be inured to self-denial and dependence.”
“These are home questions — and perhaps I cannot say that I have experienced many hardships of that nature. But in matters of greater weight, I may suffer from the want of money. Younger sons cannot marry where they like.”
“Our habits of expense make us too dependent, and there are not many in my rank of life who can afford to marry without some attention to money.”
“that is an advantage which he must divide with me. I am joined with him in the guardianship of Miss Darcy.”
why she supposed Miss Darcy likely to give them any uneasiness,
“I know them a little. Their brother is a pleasant gentlemanlike man — he is a great friend of Darcy's.”
“Care of him! Yes, I really believe Darcy does take care of him in those points where he most wants care. From something that he told me in our journey hither, I have reason to think Bingley very much indebted to him. But I ought to beg his pardon, for I have no right to suppose that Bingley was the person meant. It was all conjecture.”
“It is a circumstance which Darcy of course could not wish to be generally known, because if it were to get round to the lady's family, it would be an unpleasant thing.”
“And remember that I have not much reason for supposing it to be Bingley. What he told me was merely this: that he congratulated himself on having lately saved a friend from the inconveniences of a most imprudent marriage, but without mentioning names or any other particulars, and I only suspected it to be Bingley from believing him the kind of young man to get into a scrape of that sort, and from knowing them to have been together the whole of last summer.”
“I understood that there were some very strong objections against the lady.”
“He did not talk to me of his own arts,”
“He only told me what I have now told you.”
“You are rather disposed to call his interference officious?”
“That is not an unnatural surmise,”
“but it is a lessening of the honour of my cousin's triumph very sadly.”
“Good gracious!”
“it seems but a day or two since we first came! and yet how many things have happened!”
“It is above eight months. We have not met since the 26th of November, when we were all dancing together at Netherfield.”
whether all her sisters were at Longbourn.
great pleasure in the certainty of seeing Elizabeth again, having still a great deal to say to her, and many inquiries to make after all their Hertfordshire friends.
“Pray, Miss Eliza, are not the ——shire Militia removed from Meryton? They must be a great loss to your family.”
“How very ill Miss Eliza Bennet looks this morning, Mr. Darcy,”
“I never in my life saw anyone so much altered as she is since the winter. She is grown so brown and coarse! Louisa and I were agreeing that we should not have known her again.”
“For my own part,”
“I must confess that I never could see any beauty in her. Her face is too thin; her complexion has no brilliancy; and her features are not at all handsome. Her nose wants character — there is nothing marked in its lines. Her teeth are tolerable, but not out of the common way; and as for her eyes, which have sometimes been called so fine, I could never see anything extraordinary in them. They have a sharp, shrewish look, which I do not like at all; and in her air altogether there is a self-sufficiency without fashion, which is intolerable.”
“I remember, when we first knew her in Hertfordshire, how amazed we all were to find that she was a reputed beauty; and I particularly recollect your saying one night, after they had been dining at Netherfield, 'She a beauty! — I should as soon call her mother a wit.' But afterwards she seemed to improve on you, and I believe you thought her rather pretty at one time.”
“I saw you look at me to-day, Lizzy, when my aunt told us of the present report; and I know I appeared distressed. But don't imagine it was from any silly cause. I was only confused for the moment, because I felt that I should be looked at. I do assure you that the news does not affect me either with pleasure or pain. I am glad of one thing, that he comes alone; because we shall see the less of him. Not that I am afraid of myself, but I dread other people's remarks.”
he did,
A few weeks,
as handsome as she had been last year; as good natured, and as unaffected, though not quite so chatty.
something of his concern
at having been prevented by business.
“The men shan't come and part us, I am determined. We want none of them; do we?”
“It has been a very agreeable day,”
“The party seemed so well selected, so suitable one with the other. I hope we may often meet again.”
engaged elsewhere.
He should be particularly happy at any time, etc. etc.; and if she would give him leave, would take an early opportunity of waiting on them.
Yes, he had no engagement at all for to-morrow;
“Where is your sister?”
the good wishes and affection of a sister.
to avoid the confinement of such an intrusion, and walk away with him into the shrubbery.
“Mrs. Bennet, have you no more lanes hereabouts in which Lizzy may lose her way again to-day?”