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Patterns of Diction in Jane Austen's Major Novels


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Elizabeth could hardly help laughing
was really vexed that
As soon as they entered, Bingley looked at her so expressively, and shook hands with such warmth, as left no doubt of his good information; and he soon afterwards said aloud,
said Mrs. Bennet,
replied Mr. Bingley;
Kitty owned that
Darcy professed
and Elizabeth silently consented. As she went up stairs to get ready, Mrs. Bennet followed her, saying:
During their walk,
it was resolved that
Elizabeth reserved to herself the application for her mother's.
She could not determine
sometimes doubting
she could no more bear that
In the evening, soon after Mr. Bennet withdrew to the library, she saw Mr. Darcy rise also and follow him, and her agitation on seeing it was extreme. She did not fear her father's opposition,
was a wretched reflection,
and she sat in misery till Mr. Darcy appeared again, when, looking at him, she was a little relieved by his smile. In a few minutes he approached the table where she was sitting with Kitty; and, while pretending to admire her work said in a whisper,
She was gone directly.
Her father was walking about the room, looking grave and anxious.
said he,
How earnestly did she then wish that
It would have spared her from explanations and professions which it was exceedingly awkward to give; but they were now necessary, and she assured him, with some confusion, of her attachment to Mr. Darcy.
said Elizabeth,
she replied, with tears in her eyes,
said her father,
still more affected, was earnest and solemn in her reply; and at length,
by repeated assurances that
by explaining
and enumerating with energy all his good qualities, she did conquer her father's incredulity, and reconcile him to the match.
said he, when she ceased speaking,
To complete the favourable impression,
she then told him
He heard her with astonishment.
He then recollected her embarrassment a few days before, on his reading Mr. Collins's letter; and after laughing at her some time, allowed her at last to go — saying, as she quitted the room,
Elizabeth's mind was now relieved from a very heavy weight; and, after half an hour's quiet reflection in her own room, she was able to join the others with tolerable composure.
but the evening passed tranquilly away;
When her mother went up to her dressing-room at night, she followed her, and made the important communication. Its effect was most extraordinary; for on first hearing it, Mrs. Bennet sat quite still, and unable to utter a syllable. Nor was it under many, many minutes that she could comprehend what she heard; though not in general backward to credit what was for the advantage of her family, or that came in the shape of a lover to any of them. She began at length to recover, to fidget about in her chair, get up, sit down again, wonder, and bless herself.
This was enough to prove that her approbation need not be doubted: and
Elizabeth, rejoicing that
soon went away. But before she had been three minutes in her own room, her mother followed her.
she cried,
This was a sad omen of what her mother's behaviour to the gentleman himself might be; and
Elizabeth found that,
But the morrow passed off much better than she expected; for Mrs. Bennet luckily stood in such awe of her intended son-in-law that she ventured not to speak to him, unless it was in her power to offer him any attention, or mark her deference for his opinion.
Elizabeth had the satisfaction of seeing her father taking pains to get acquainted with him; and
Mr. Bennet soon assured her that