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  • phatic talk- polite conversation "Are there many interesting walks in this vicinity, miss Cardew?" society expects them to be polite, even if they don't want to, they have to hide their true feelings. could suggest an awkward/tense atmosphere as this type of speech is used to fill an awkward silence
  • colloqualism- "Five counties! I don't think I should like that, I hate crowds" humour, irony fields aren't crowded places
  • "quite a well kept garden" hidden insult, a good garden but not as good as her…


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