Austen Said:

Patterns of Diction in Jane Austen's Major Novels


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"I thank you, ma'am, sincerely thank you,"
"your invitation has insured my gratitude for ever, and it would give me such happiness, yes, almost the greatest happiness I am capable of, to be able to accept it. But my mother, my dearest, kindest mother, — I feel the justice of what Elinor has urged, and if she were to be made less happy, less comfortable by our absence — Oh! no, nothing should tempt me to leave her. It should not, must not be a struggle."
"Though with your usual anxiety for our happiness,"
"you have been obviating every impediment to the present scheme which occurred to you, there is still one objection which, in my opinion, cannot be so easily removed."
"My objection is this; though I think very well of Mrs. Jennings's heart, she is not a woman whose society can afford us pleasure, or whose protection will give us consequence."
"If Elinor is frightened away by her dislike of Mrs. Jennings,"
"at least it need not prevent MY accepting her invitation. I have no such scruples, and I am sure I could put up with every unpleasantness of that kind with very little effort."
"I like Edward Ferrars very much, and shall always be glad to see him; but as to the rest of the family, it is a matter of perfect indifference to me, whether I am ever known to them or not."
"I am writing home, Marianne,"
"had not you better defer your letter for a day or two?"
"I am NOT going to write to my mother,"
"Oh, Elinor, it is Willoughby, indeed it is!"
"Has no letter been left here for me since we went out?"
"Are you quite sure of it?"
"Are you certain that no servant, no porter has left any letter or note?"
"How very odd!"
"How odd, indeed!"
"If she had not known him to be in town she would not have written to him, as she did; she would have written to Combe Magna; and if he is in town, how odd that he should neither come nor write! Oh! my dear mother, you must be wrong in permitting an engagement between a daughter so young, a man so little known, to be carried on in so doubtful, so mysterious a manner! I long to inquire; and how will MY interference be borne."
"That is true,"
"I had not thought of that. This weather will keep many sportsmen in the country."
"It is charming weather for THEM indeed,"
"How much they must enjoy it! But"
"it cannot be expected to last long. At this time of the year, and after such a series of rain, we shall certainly have very little more of it. Frosts will soon set in, and in all probability with severity. In another day or two perhaps; this extreme mildness can hardly last longer — nay, perhaps it may freeze tonight!"
"At any rate,"
"I dare say we shall have Sir John and Lady Middleton in town by the end of next week."
"And now,"
"she will write to Combe by this day's post."
"Don't you find it colder than it was in the morning, Elinor? There seems to me a very decided difference. I can hardly keep my hands warm even in my muff. It was not so yesterday, I think. The clouds seem parting too, the sun will be out in a moment, and we shall have a clear afternoon."
"Good God!"
"he has been here while we were out."
"Depend upon it, he will call again tomorrow."
"For me!"
"It is indeed for Mrs. Jennings; how provoking!"
"You are expecting a letter, then?"
"Yes, a little — not much."
"You have no confidence in me, Marianne."
"Nay, Elinor, this reproach from YOU — you who have confidence in no one!"
"indeed, Marianne, I have nothing to tell."
"Nor I,"
"our situations then are alike. We have neither of us any thing to tell; you, because you do not communicate, and I, because I conceal nothing."
"Did you?"
"I do not know."
"It cannot be generally known,"
"for her own family do not know it."
"How can that be? By whom can you have heard it mentioned?"
"Good heavens!"
"he is there — he is there — Oh! why does he not look at me? why cannot I speak to him?"
"Pray, pray be composed,"