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endeavor
used in Frankenstein

56 uses
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Definition
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
  • I endeavoured to change my course but quickly found that if I again made the attempt the boat would be instantly filled with water.
    Chapter 20 (73% in)
endeavoured = tried
  • But I have one want which I have never yet been able to satisfy, and the absence of the object of which I now feel as a most severe evil, I have no friend, Margaret: when I am glowing with the enthusiasm of success, there will be none to participate my joy; if I am assailed by disappointment, no one will endeavour to sustain me in dejection.
    Introductory Letters (24% in)
  • endeavour = try or attempt
  • It is true that I have thought more and that my daydreams are more extended and magnificent, but they want (as the painters call it) KEEPING; and I greatly need a friend who would have sense enough not to despise me as romantic, and affection enough for me to endeavour to regulate my mind.
    Introductory Letters (29% in)
  • endeavour = attempt
  • But success SHALL crown my endeavours.
    Introductory Letters (50% in)
  • endeavours = attempts
  • Sometimes I have endeavoured to discover what quality it is which he possesses that elevates him so immeasurably above any other person I ever knew.
    Introductory Letters (89% in)
  • endeavoured = tried or attempted
  • He lost no time in endeavouring to seek him out, with the hope of persuading him to begin the world again through his credit and assistance.
    Chapter 1 (14% in)
  • endeavouring = trying or attempting
  • But these are not thoughts befitting me; I will endeavour to resign myself cheerfully to death and will indulge a hope of meeting you in another world.
    Chapter 3 (12% in)
  • endeavour = try or attempt
  • She forgot even her own regret in her endeavours to make us forget.
    Chapter 3 (26% in)
  • endeavours = attempts
  • He had endeavoured to persuade his father to permit him to accompany me and to become my fellow student, but in vain.
    Chapter 3 (27% in)
  • endeavoured = tried or attempted
  • I, who had ever been surrounded by amiable companions, continually engaged in endeavouring to bestow mutual pleasure—I was now alone.
    Chapter 3 (35% in)
  • endeavouring = trying or attempting
  • Not that, like a magic scene, it all opened upon me at once: the information I had obtained was of a nature rather to direct my endeavours so soon as I should point them towards the object of my search than to exhibit that object already accomplished.
    Chapter 4 (42% in)
  • endeavours = attempts
  • How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavoured to form?
    Chapter 5 (5% in)
  • endeavoured = tried or attempted
  • At length lassitude succeeded to the tumult I had before endured, and I threw myself on the bed in my clothes, endeavouring to seek a few moments of forgetfulness.
    Chapter 5 (14% in)
  • endeavouring = trying or attempting
  • I continued walking in this manner for some time, endeavouring by bodily exercise to ease the load that weighed upon my mind.
    Chapter 5 (36% in)
  • endeavouring = trying or attempting
  • She thought her the model of all excellence and endeavoured to imitate her phraseology and manners, so that even now she often reminds me of her.
    Chapter 6 (28% in)
  • endeavoured = tried or attempted
  • Excellent friend! how sincerely you did love me, and endeavour to elevate my mind until it was on a level with your own.
    Chapter 6 (91% in)
  • endeavour = attempt
  • I was undisturbed by thoughts which during the preceding year had pressed upon me, notwithstanding my endeavours to throw them off, with an invincible burden.
    Chapter 6 (95% in)
  • endeavours = attempts
  • During our walk, Clerval endeavoured to say a few words of consolation; he could only express his heartfelt sympathy.
    Chapter 7 (24% in)
  • endeavoured = tried or attempted
  • I saw unhappiness deeply impressed on his countenance, but he endeavoured to welcome me cheerfully; and, after we had exchanged our mournful greeting, would have introduced some other topic than that of our disaster, had not Ernest exclaimed, "Good God, papa!"
    Chapter 7 (86% in)
  • endeavoured = tried or attempted
  • It was dawn, and she quitted her asylum, that she might again endeavour to find my brother.
    Chapter 8 (26% in)
  • endeavour = attempt
  • I had before experienced sensations of horror, and I have endeavoured to bestow upon them adequate expressions, but words cannot convey an idea of the heart-sickening despair that I then endured.
    Chapter 8 (52% in)
  • endeavoured = tried or attempted
  • My father observed with pain the alteration perceptible in my disposition and habits and endeavoured by arguments deduced from the feelings of his serene conscience and guiltless life to inspire me with fortitude and awaken in me the courage to dispel the dark cloud which brooded over me.
    Chapter 9 (12% in)
  • endeavoured = tried or attempted
  • Now I could only answer my father with a look of despair and endeavour to hide myself from his view.
    Chapter 9 (19% in)
  • endeavour = attempt
  • I feel as if I were walking on the edge of a precipice, towards which thousands are crowding and endeavouring to plunge me into the abyss.
    Chapter 9 (55% in)
  • endeavouring = trying or attempting
  • I remembered too well the treatment I had suffered the night before from the barbarous villagers, and resolved, whatever course of conduct I might hereafter think it right to pursue, that for the present I would remain quietly in my hovel, watching and endeavouring to discover the motives which influenced their actions.
    Chapter 12 (4% in)
  • endeavouring = trying or attempting
  • The old man, I could perceive, often endeavoured to encourage his children, as sometimes I found that he called them, to cast off their melancholy.
    Chapter 12 (47% in)
  • endeavoured = tried or attempted
  • Agatha listened with respect, her eyes sometimes filled with tears, which she endeavoured to wipe away unperceived; but I generally found that her countenance and tone were more cheerful after having listened to the exhortations of her father.
    Chapter 12 (49% in)
  • endeavoured = tried or attempted
  • I improved, however, sensibly in this science, but not sufficiently to follow up any kind of conversation, although I applied my whole mind to the endeavour, for I easily perceived that, although I eagerly longed to discover myself to the cottagers, I ought not to make the attempt until I had first become master of their language, which knowledge might enable me to make them overlook the deformity of my figure, for with this also the contrast perpetually presented to my eyes had made...
    Chapter 12 (65% in)
  • endeavour = attempt
  • Presently I found, by the frequent recurrence of some sound which the stranger repeated after them, that she was endeavouring to learn their language; and the idea instantly occurred to me that I should make use of the same instructions to the same end.
    Chapter 13 (29% in)
  • endeavouring = trying or attempting
  • The old man appeared enraptured and said some words which Agatha endeavoured to explain to Safie, and by which he appeared to wish to express that she bestowed on him the greatest delight by her music.
    Chapter 13 (41% in)
  • endeavoured = tried or attempted
  • The Turk, amazed and delighted, endeavoured to kindle the zeal of his deliverer by promises of reward and wealth.
    Chapter 14 (19% in)
  • endeavoured = tried or attempted
  • The Turk quickly perceived the impression that his daughter had made on the heart of Felix and endeavoured to secure him more entirely in his interests by the promise of her hand in marriage so soon as he should be conveyed to a place of safety.
    Chapter 14 (24% in)
  • endeavoured = tried or attempted
  • I endeavoured to crush these fears and to fortify myself for the trial which in a few months I resolved to undergo; and sometimes I allowed my thoughts, unchecked by reason, to ramble in the fields of Paradise, and dared to fancy amiable and lovely creatures sympathizing with my feelings and cheering my gloom; their angelic countenances breathed smiles of consolation.
    Chapter 15 (49% in)
  • endeavoured = tried or attempted
  • She was senseless, and I endeavoured by every means in my power to restore animation, when I was suddenly interrupted by the approach of a rustic, who was probably the person from whom she had playfully fled.
    Chapter 16 (62% in)
  • endeavoured = tried or attempted
  • For some weeks I led a miserable life in the woods, endeavouring to cure the wound which I had received.
    Chapter 16 (68% in)
  • endeavouring = trying or attempting
  • I revolved rapidly in my mind a multitude of thoughts and endeavoured to arrive at some conclusion.
    Chapter 18 (27% in)
  • endeavoured = tried or attempted
  • We passed a considerable period at Oxford, rambling among its environs and endeavouring to identify every spot which might relate to the most animating epoch of English history.
    Chapter 19 (39% in)
  • endeavouring = trying or attempting
  • In a few minutes after, I heard the creaking of my door, as if some one endeavoured to open it softly.
    Chapter 20 (21% in)
  • endeavoured = tried or attempted
  • I trembled from head to foot; I felt a presentiment of who it was and wished to rouse one of the peasants who dwelt in a cottage not far from mine; but I was overcome by the sensation of helplessness, so often felt in frightful dreams, when you in vain endeavour to fly from an impending danger, and was rooted to the spot.
    Chapter 20 (22% in)
  • endeavour = attempt
  • They instantly carried it to the cottage of an old woman near the spot and endeavoured, but in vain, to restore it to life.
    Chapter 21 (7% in)
  • endeavoured = tried or attempted
  • My father calmed me with assurances of their welfare and endeavoured, by dwelling on these subjects so interesting to my heart, to raise my desponding spirits; but he soon felt that a prison cannot be the abode of cheerfulness.
    Chapter 21 (65% in)
  • endeavoured = tried or attempted
  • At these moments I often endeavoured to put an end to the existence I loathed, and it required unceasing attendance and vigilance to restrain me from committing some dreadful act of violence.
    Chapter 21 (84% in)
  • endeavoured = tried or attempted
  • Sometimes he thought that I felt deeply the degradation of being obliged to answer a charge of murder, and he endeavoured to prove to me the futility of pride.
    Chapter 22 (6% in)
  • endeavoured = tried or attempted
  • The conclusion of this speech convinced my father that my ideas were deranged, and he instantly changed the subject of our conversation and endeavoured to alter the course of my thoughts.
    Chapter 22 (17% in)
  • endeavoured = tried or attempted
  • Chase away your idle fears; to you alone do I consecrate my life and my endeavours for contentment.
    Chapter 22 (53% in)
  • endeavours = attempts
  • When reason returned, she would remonstrate and endeavour to inspire me with resignation.
    Chapter 22 (61% in)
  • endeavour = attempt
  • ...we enjoyed the beauty of the scene, sometimes on one side of the lake, where we saw Mont Saleve, the pleasant banks of Montalegre, and at a distance, surmounting all, the beautiful Mont Blanc and the assemblage of snowy mountains that in vain endeavour to emulate her;
    Chapter 22 (88% in)
  • endeavour = attempt
  • If you knew what I have suffered and what I may yet endure, you would endeavour to let me taste the quiet and freedom from despair that this one day at least permits me to enjoy.
    Chapter 22 (90% in)
  • endeavour = try or attempt
  • Thus Elizabeth endeavoured to divert her thoughts and mine from all reflection upon melancholy subjects.
    Chapter 22 (94% in)
  • endeavoured = tried or attempted
  • He endeavoured to soothe me as a nurse does a child and reverted to my tale as the effects of delirium.
    Chapter 23 (98% in)
  • endeavoured = tried or attempted
  • Sometimes I endeavoured to gain from Frankenstein the particulars of his creature's formation, but on this point he was impenetrable.
    Chapter 24 (38% in)
  • endeavoured = tried or attempted
  • His eloquence is forcible and touching; nor can I hear him, when he relates a pathetic incident or endeavours to move the passions of pity or love, without tears.
    Chapter 24 (43% in)
  • endeavours = attempts
  • He endeavours to fill me with hope and talks as if life were a possession which he valued.
    Chapter 24 (53% in)
  • endeavours = attempts
  • But I will endeavour to detail these bitter circumstances to you, my dear sister; and while I am wafted towards England and towards you, I will not despond.
    Chapter 24 (65% in)
  • endeavour = try or attempt
  • Saying this, he endeavoured to spring from the bed, but the exertion was too great for him; he fell back and fainted.
    Chapter 24 (68% in)
  • endeavoured = tried or attempted
  • I shut my eyes involuntarily and endeavoured to recollect what were my duties with regard to this destroyer.
    Chapter 24 (78% in)
endeavoured = tried or attempted
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