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Patterns of Diction in Jane Austen's Major Novels


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“I admire the activity of your benevolence,”
“but every impulse of feeling should be guided by reason; and, in my opinion, exertion should always be in proportion to what is required.”
“If we make haste,”
“perhaps we may see something of Captain Carter before he goes.”
Jane was by no means better.
“Certainly not.”
“Not at all,”
“they were brightened by the exercise.”
“But it must very materially lessen their chance of marrying men of any consideration in the world,”
she would amuse herself for the short time she could stay below, with a book.
“I deserve neither such praise nor such censure,”
“I am not a great reader, and I have pleasure in many things.”
she could suit herself perfectly with those in the room.
“It ought to be good,”
“it has been the work of many generations.”
“I cannot comprehend the neglect of a family library in such days as these.”
“I wish it may.”
“I think she will. She is now about Miss Elizabeth Bennet's height, or rather taller.”
“Your list of the common extent of accomplishments,”
“has too much truth. The word is applied to many a woman who deserves it no otherwise than by netting a purse or covering a screen. But I am very far from agreeing with you in your estimation of ladies in general. I cannot boast of knowing more than half-a-dozen, in the whole range of my acquaintance, that are really accomplished.”
“you must comprehend a great deal in your idea of an accomplished woman.”
“Yes, I do comprehend a great deal in it.”
“All this she must possess,”
“and to all this she must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading.”
“I am no longer surprised at your knowing only six accomplished women. I rather wonder now at your knowing any.”
“Are you so severe upon your own sex as to doubt the possibility of all this?”
“I never saw such a woman. I never saw such capacity, and taste, and application, and elegance, as you describe united.”
“there is a meanness in all the arts which ladies sometimes condescend to employ for captivation. Whatever bears affinity to cunning is despicable.”
her sister was worse, and that she could not leave her.
to have a note sent to Longbourn, desiring her mother to visit Jane, and form her own judgement of her situation.
“Indeed I have, sir,”
“I am sure,”
“That is exactly what I should have supposed of you,”
“Oh! yes — I understand you perfectly.”
“That is as it happens. It does not necessarily follow that a deep, intricate character is more or less estimable than such a one as yours.”
“Yes, but intricate characters are the most amusing. They have at least that advantage.”
“The country,”
“can in general supply but a few subjects for such a study. In a country neighbourhood you move in a very confined and unvarying society.”
“But people themselves alter so much, that there is something new to be observed in them for ever.”
“Yes, indeed,”
“I cannot see that London has any great advantage over the country, for my part, except the shops and public places. The country is a vast deal pleasanter, is it not, Mr. Bingley?”
“Aye — that is because you have the right disposition. But that gentleman,”
“Indeed, Mamma, you are mistaken,”
“You quite mistook Mr. Darcy. He only meant that there was not such a variety of people to be met with in the country as in the town, which you must acknowledge to be true.”
“Certainly, my dear, nobody said there were; but as to not meeting with many people in this neighbourhood, I believe there are few neighbourhoods larger. I know we dine with four-and-twenty families.”
if Charlotte Lucas had been at Longbourn since her coming away.
“Yes, she called yesterday with her father. What an agreeable man Sir William is, Mr. Bingley, is not he? So much the man of fashion! So genteel and so easy! He has always something to say to everybody .— That is my idea of good breeding; and those persons who fancy themselves very important, and never open their mouths, quite mistake the matter.”