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Patterns of Diction in Jane Austen's Major Novels


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"How can that be? By whom can you have heard it mentioned?"
"Pray, pray be composed,"
"and do not betray what you feel to every body present. Perhaps he has not observed you yet."
"How can that be done? No, my dearest Marianne, you must wait. This is not the place for explanations. Wait only till tomorrow."
"Marianne, may I ask-?"
"And have you really, Ma'am, talked yourself into a persuasion of my sister's being engaged to Mr. Willoughby? I thought it had been only a joke, but so serious a question seems to imply more; and I must beg, therefore, that you will not deceive yourself any longer. I do assure you that nothing would surprise me more than to hear of their being going to be married."
"Indeed, Ma'am,"
"you are mistaken. Indeed, you are doing a very unkind thing in spreading the report, and you will find that you have though you will not believe me now."
"I only wish,"
"there were any thing I COULD do, which might be of comfort to you."
"Do you call ME happy, Marianne? Ah! if you knew! — And can you believe me to be so, while I see you so wretched!"
"Many, many circumstances,"
"I can have no pleasure while I see you in this state."
"You must not talk so, Marianne. Have you no comforts? no friends? Is your loss such as leaves no opening for consolation? Much as you suffer now, think of what you would have suffered if the discovery of his character had been delayed to a later period — if your engagement had been carried on for months and months, as it might have been, before he chose to put an end to it. Every additional day of unhappy confidence, on your side, would have made the blow more dreadful."
"No engagement!"
"But he told you that he loved you."
"Yet you wrote to him?" —
"I can believe it,"
"but unfortunately he did not feel the same."
"Dearest Marianne, who but himself? By whom can he have been instigated?"
"Whoever may have been so detestably your enemy, let them be cheated of their malignant triumph, my dear sister, by seeing how nobly the consciousness of your own innocence and good intentions supports your spirits. It is a reasonable and laudable pride which resists such malevolence."
"But for my mother's sake and mine — "
"No, Marianne, in no possible way."
"To-morrow, Marianne!"
"It would be impossible to go to-morrow. We owe Mrs. Jennings much more than civility; and civility of the commonest kind must prevent such a hasty removal as that."
"The lady then — Miss Grey I think you called her — is very rich?"
"Do you know what kind of a girl Miss Grey is? Is she said to be amiable?"
"And who are the Ellisons?"
"Dear ma'am, this kindness is quite unnecessary. Marianne, I dare say, will not leave her room again this evening. I shall persuade her if I can to go early to bed, for I am sure she wants rest."
"It would be unnecessary I am sure, for you to caution Mrs. Palmer and Sir John against ever naming Mr. Willoughby, or making the slightest allusion to what has passed, before my sister. Their own good-nature must point out to them the real cruelty of appearing to know any thing about it when she is present; and the less that may ever be said to myself on the subject, the more my feelings will be spared, as you my dear madam will easily believe."
"In this affair it can only do harm; more so perhaps than in many cases of a similar kind, for it has been attended by circumstances which, for the sake of every one concerned in it, make it unfit to become the public conversation. I must do THIS justice to Mr. Willoughby — he has broken no positive engagement with my sister."
"Ay, if we can do THAT, Ma'am,"
"we shall do very well with or without Colonel Brandon."
"I will leave you,"
"if you will go to bed."
"Dear Ma'am,"
"how good you are! But I have just left Marianne in bed, and, I hope, almost asleep; and as I think nothing will be of so much service to her as rest, if you will give me leave, I will drink the wine myself."
"Marianne is not well,"
"She has been indisposed all day, and we have persuaded her to go to bed."
"What did you hear?"
"You mean,"
"Mr. Willoughby's marriage with Miss Grey. Yes, we DO know it all. This seems to have been a day of general elucidation, for this very morning first unfolded it to us. Mr. Willoughby is unfathomable! Where did you hear it?"
"It is. But have you likewise heard that Miss Grey has fifty thousand pounds? In that, if in any thing, we may find an explanation."
"Her sufferings have been very severe. I have only to hope that they may be proportionately short. It has been, it is a most cruel affliction. Till yesterday, I believe, she never doubted his regard; and even now, perhaps — but I am almost convinced that he never was really attached to her. He has been very deceitful! and, in some points, there seems a hardness of heart about him."
"You know her disposition, and may believe how eagerly she would still justify him if she could."
"Who can this be?"
"So early too! I thought we HAD been safe."
"He will not come in, as Mrs. Jennings is from home."
"I understand you,"
"You have something to tell me of Mr. Willoughby, that will open his character farther. Your telling it will be the greatest act of friendship that can be shewn Marianne. MY gratitude will be insured immediately by any information tending to that end, and HERS must be gained by it in time. Pray, pray let me hear it."