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Patterns of Diction in Jane Austen's Major Novels


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“That is not very likely; our authority was too good.”
“And this is always the way with him,”
“Whatever can give his sister any pleasure is sure to be done in a moment. There is nothing he would not do for her.”
only of returning to the carriage as quickly as possible.
“for your housekeeper,”
“informed us that you would certainly not be here till to-morrow; and indeed, before we left Bakewell, we understood that you were not immediately expected in the country.”
“There is something a little stately in him, to be sure,”
“but it is confined to his air, and is not unbecoming. I can now say with the housekeeper, that though some people may call him proud, I have seen nothing of it.”
“To be sure, Lizzy,”
“he is not so handsome as Wickham; or, rather, he has not Wickham's countenance, for his features are perfectly good. But how came you to tell me that he was so disagreeable?”
“From what we have seen of him,”
“I really should not have thought that he could have behaved in so cruel a way by anybody, as he has done by poor Wickham. He has not an ill-natured look. On the contrary, there is something pleasing about his mouth when he speaks. And there is something of dignity in his countenance that would not give one an unfavourable idea of his heart. But, to be sure, the good lady who showed us his house did give him a most flaming character! I could hardly help laughing aloud sometimes. But he is a liberal master, I suppose, and that in the eye of a servant comprehends every virtue.”
“But what is to be done about Pemberley?”
“John told us Mr. Darcy was here when you sent for us; was it so?”
“What is all settled?”
“And are they upon such terms as for her to disclose the real truth? Oh, that I knew how it was!”
“Upon my word,”
“I begin to be of your uncle's opinion. It is really too great a violation of decency, honour, and interest, for him to be guilty of it. I cannot think so very ill of Wickham. Can you yourself, Lizzy, so wholly give him up, as to believe him capable of it?”
“But you see that Jane,”
“does not think so very ill of Wickham as to believe him capable of the attempt.”
“And do you really know all this?”
“But does Lydia know nothing of this? can she be ignorant of what you and Jane seem so well to understand?”
“When they all removed to Brighton, therefore, you had no reason, I suppose, to believe them fond of each other?”
nothing, therefore, could be fairly conjectured from that,
“Gracechurch street, Sept. 6.
“My dear niece,
“I have just received your letter, and shall devote this whole morning to answering it, as I foresee that alittle writing will not comprise what I have to tell you. I must confess myself surprised by your application; I did not expect it from you. Don't think me angry, however, for I only mean to let you know that I had not imagined such inquiries to be necessary on your side. If you do not choose to understand me, forgive my impertinence. Your uncle is as much surprised as I am — and nothing but the belief of your being a party concerned would have allowed him to act as he has done. But if you are really innocent and ignorant, I must be more explicit. "On the very day of my coming home from Longbourn, your uncle had a most unexpected visitor. Mr. Darcy called, and was shut up with him several hours. It was all over before I arrived; so my curiosity was not so dreadfully racked as yours seems to have been.
He came to tell Mr. Gardiner that
and that
From what I can collect,
The motive professed was his conviction of
He generously imputed
and confessed that
He called it, therefore,
If he had another motive, I am sure it would never disgrace him.
it seems,
though he did not say what.
he knew,
I suppose,
At length, however, our kind friend procured the wished-for direction.
he acknowledged,
Since such were her feelings, it only remained,
he thought,
to secure and expedite a marriage, which, in his very first conversation with Wickham,
he easily learnt
had never beenhis design.
He confessed
and scrupled not to lay all the ill-consequences of Lydia's flight on her own folly alone.
"Mr. Darcy asked him