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Patterns of Diction in Jane Austen's Major Novels


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"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."
"I have NOT forgotten it."
"Good heavens!"
"could it be — could Willoughby!" —
"This is beyond every thing!"
"I have been more pained,"
"by her endeavors to acquit him than by all the rest; for it irritates her mind more than the most perfect conviction of his unworthiness can do. Now, though at first she will suffer much, I am sure she will soon become easier. Have you,"
"ever seen Mr. Willoughby since you left him at Barton?"
"What? have you met him to — "
"Is she still in town?"
though their longer stay would therefore militate against her own happiness, it would be better for Marianne than an immediate return into Devonshire.
he was married.
"No, I do not think we shall."
"You are very good. My sister will be equally sorry to miss the pleasure of seeing you; but she has been very much plagued lately with nervous head-aches, which make her unfit for company or conversation."
"Excellent indeed. Their attention to our comfort, their friendliness in every particular, is more than I can express."
"Yes; he has very good property in Dorsetshire."
"Me, brother! what do you mean?"
"I believe about two thousand a year."
"Indeed I believe you,"
"but I am very sure that Colonel Brandon has not the smallest wish of marrying ME."
"Is Mr. Edward Ferrars,"
"going to be married?"
"Your expenses both in town and country must certainly be considerable; but your income is a large one."
"More than you think it really and intrinsically worth."
"and assisted by her liberality, I hope you may yet live to be in easy circumstances."
"Where is the green-house to be?"
"Nothing at all, I should rather suppose; for she has only her jointure, which will descend to her children."
"And do you not think it more likely that she should leave it to her daughters, than to us?"
"But she raises none in those most concerned. Indeed, brother, your anxiety for our welfare and prosperity carries you too far."
"She is not well, she has had a nervous complaint on her for several weeks."
Edward who lived with his mother, must be asked as his mother was, to a party given by his sister; and to see him for the first time, after all that passed, in the company of Lucy! —
she hardly knew how she could bear it!
she did pity her —
the graciousness of both mother and daughter towards the very person —
whom of all others, had they known as much as she did, they would have been most anxious to mortify;
"This is admiration of a very particular kind! — what is Miss Morton to us? — who knows, or who cares, for her? — it is Elinor of whom WE think and speak."
"Dear, dear Elinor, don't mind them. Don't let them make YOU unhappy."
She had found in her every thing that could tend to make a farther connection between the families undesirable. —
she had seen almost enough to be thankful for her OWN sake, that one greater obstacle preserved her from suffering under any other of Mrs. Ferrars's creation, preserved her from all dependence upon her caprice, or any solicitude for her good opinion.
had Lucy been more amiable, she OUGHT to have rejoiced.
Lucy's spirits could be so very much elevated by the civility of Mrs. Ferrars; — that her interest and her vanity should so very much blind her as to make the attention which seemed only paid her because she was NOT ELINOR, appear a compliment to herself — or to allow her to derive encouragement from a preference only given her, because her real situation was unknown.
"She was certainly very civil to you."
"Undoubtedly, if they had known your engagement,"
"nothing could be more flattering than their treatment of you; — but as that was not the case" —
"I never was in better health."
she was happy to see him,
she had very much regretted being from home, when he called before in Berkeley Street.