Kate Allan

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Monday, June 20, 2005

Negligence (n.)

Messing about with this wonderful tool which allows you to search the text of all of Jane Austen's novels. I may have mentioned it before but it's great resource to check usage of words in Regency times.

I wanted today to check the word negligence. Sounds kind of legal to me, and possibly modern, so I wondered if it was in everyday usage in Dear Jane's time. Answer: Yes.

So seldom that any negligence or blunder appears! - Emma
brought up in the midst of negligence and error - Mansfield Park
by the negligence of a servant - Northanger Abbey
detected the housemaid in negligence - Pride & Prejudice
negligence of my own health - Sense & Sensibility
I hear dreadful complaints of my negligence wherever I go - The Watsons

Edits progress:
Up to page 80


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