Austen Said:

Patterns of Diction in Jane Austen's Major Novels


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“I am sure I cannot guess at all.”
“And I am sure,”
“I know so little of such things that I cannot judge whether it was cheap or dear.”
“That was very good-natured of you,”
“Yes, very; I have hardly ever an opportunity of being in one; but I am particularly fond of it.”
“Thank you,”
“Thank you; but will not your horse want rest?”
“Shall you indeed!”
“That will be forty miles a day.”
“Have you ever read Udolpho, Mr. Thorpe?”
“I think you must like Udolpho, if you were to read it; it is so very interesting.”
“Udolpho was written by Mrs. Radcliffe,”
“I suppose you mean Camilla?”
“I have never read it.”
“I like him very much; he seems very agreeable.”
“Very, very much indeed: Isabella particularly.”
“Indeed I am,”
“I love her exceedingly, and am delighted to find that you like her too. You hardly mentioned anything of her when you wrote to me after your visit there.”
“Yes, very much indeed, I fancy;
Mr. Allen thinks her
“Yes, very kind; I never was so happy before; and now you are come it will be more delightful than ever; how good it is of you to come so far on purpose to see me.”
“I am very happy to see you again, sir, indeed; I was afraid you had left Bath.”
“Well, sir, and I dare say you are not sorry to be back again, for it is just the place for young people — and indeed for everybody else too. I tell Mr. Allen, when he talks of being sick of it, that I am sure he should not complain, for it is so very agreeable a place, that it is much better to be here than at home at this dull time of year. I tell him he is quite in luck to be sent here for his health.”
“Thank you, sir. I have no doubt that he will. A neighbour of ours, Dr. Skinner, was here for his health last winter, and came away quite stout.”
“Yes, sir — and Dr. Skinner and his family were here three months; so I tell Mr. Allen he must not be in a hurry to get away.”
“My dear Isabella, how was it possible for me to get at you? I could not even see where you were.”
“Look at that young lady with the white beads round her head,”
“It is Mr. Tilney’s sister.”
“No, not at all; but if you think it wrong, you had much better change.”
“Very agreeable, madam.”
“No, where is he?”
“Where can he be?”
“Oh, no; I am much obliged to you, our two dances are over; and, besides, I am tired, and do not mean to dance any more.”
“What do you mean?”
“Where are you all going to?”
“Something was said about it, I remember,”
“but really I did not expect you.”
“Well, ma’am, what do you say to it? Can you spare me for an hour or two? Shall I go?”
“Oh! Mr. Allen, you mean. Yes, I believe, he is very rich.”
“No — not any.”
“My godfather! No.”
“Yes, very much.”
“His bottle a day! No. Why should you think of such a thing? He is a very temperate man, and you could not fancy him in liquor last night?”
“I cannot believe it.”
“And yet I have heard that there is a great deal of wine drunk in Oxford.”
“Yes, it does give a notion,”
“and that is, that you all drink a great deal more wine than I thought you did. However, I am sure James does not drink so much.”
“You do not really think, Mr. Thorpe,”
“that James’s gig will break down?”
“Good heavens!”