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Patterns of Diction in Jane Austen's Major Novels


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she was the happiest creature in the world.
the rapidity and ease with which an affair was finally settled, that had given them so many previous months of suspense and vexation.
the good wishes and affection of a sister.
all his expectations of felicity to be rationally founded, because they had for basis the excellent understanding, and super-excellent disposition of Jane, and a general similarity of feeling and taste between her and himself.
on his diffidence, and the little value he put on his own good qualities.
he had not betrayed the interference of his friend, for, though Jane had the most generous and forgiving heart in the world,
it was a circumstance which must prejudice her against him.
to avoid the confinement of such an intrusion, and walk away with him into the shrubbery.
she was.
“How could I ever think her like her nephew?”
Lady Catherine, it appeared, had actually taken the trouble of this journey from Rosings, for the sole purpose of breaking off her supposed engagement with Mr. Darcy.
It was a rational scheme, to be sure!
his being the intimate friend of Bingley, and her being the sister of Jane, was enough, at a time when the expectation of one wedding made everybody eager for another, to supply the idea.
the marriage of her sister must bring them more frequently together.
And her neighbours at Lucas Lodge, therefore (for through their communication with the Collinses, the report, she concluded, had reached Lady Catherine), had only set that down as almost certain and immediate, which she had looked forward to as possible at some future time.
as to the possible consequence of her persisting in this interference.
she must meditate an application to her nephew; and how he might take a similar representation of the evils attached to a connection with her,
the exact degree of his affection for his aunt, or his dependence on her judgment,
he thought much higher of her ladyship than she could do; and it was certain that, in enumerating the miseries of a marriage with one, whose immediate connections were so unequal to his own, his aunt would address him on his weakest side. With his notions of dignity, he would probably feel that the arguments, which
had appeared weak and ridiculous, contained much good sense and solid reasoning.
If he had been wavering before as to what he should do, which had often seemed likely, the advice and entreaty of so near a relation might settle every doubt, and determine him at once to be as happy as dignity unblemished could make him.
In that case he would return no more.
Lady Catherine might see him in her way through town; and his engagement to Bingley of coming again to Netherfield must give way.
it might be from Lady Catherine;
whether most to be pleased that he explained himself at all, or offended that his letter was not rather addressed to herself;
such a want of penetration,
instead of his seeing too little, she might have fancied too much.
he might be doing the same.
Now was the moment for her resolution to be executed,
her sentiments had undergone so material a change, since the period to which he alluded, as to make her receive with gratitude and pleasure his present assurances.
The happiness which this reply produced, was such as he had
never felt before;
as sensibly and as warmly as a man violently in love can be supposed to do.
they were indebted for their present good understanding to the efforts of his aunt, who did call on him in her return through London, and there relate her journey to Longbourn, its motive, and the substance of her conversation with Elizabeth; dwelling emphatically on every expression of the latter which, in her ladyship's apprehension, peculiarly denoted her perverseness and assurance; in the belief that such a relation must assist her endeavours to obtain that promise from her nephew which she had refused to give.
what its effect on her had been, and how gradually all her former prejudices had been removed.
of Georgiana's delight in her acquaintance, and of her disappointment at its sudden interruption; which naturally leading to the cause of that interruption,
his resolution of following her from Derbyshire in quest of her sister had been formed before he quitted the inn,
his gravity and thoughtfulness there had arisen from no other struggles than what such a purpose must comprehend.
with their engagement; his friend had given him the earliest information of it.
Mr. Bingley had been a most delightful friend; so easily guided that his worth was invaluable;
he had yet to learn to be laughed at, and it was rather too early to begin.
they had wandered about,
would be felt in the family when her situation became known;
no one liked him but Jane;
with the others it was a dislike which not all his fortune and consequence might do away.
she would be serious,
She had been unwilling to mention Bingley; and the unsettled state of her own feelings had made her equally avoid the name of his friend. But now she would no longer conceal from her his share in Lydia's marriage.
at so convenient a proposal;
her mother should be always giving him such an epithet.
she had rather stay at home.