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characterized by sincere belief


intensely or excessively serious
  • The earnestness of my manner, and the tears in my eyes, alarmed her.
    Chapters 55-57 (50% in)
earnestness = excessive seriousness
  • I am glad to dwell upon the earnestness and love with which she lifted up her face to mine, and did so.
    Chapters 1-3 (62% in)
  • She was very earnestly and humbly entreating Miss Murdstone's pardon, which that lady granted, and a perfect reconciliation took place.
    Chapters 4-6 (17% in)
  • Then Peggotty fitted her mouth close to the keyhole, and delivered these words through it with as much feeling and earnestness as a keyhole has ever been the medium of communicating, I will venture to assert: shooting in each broken little sentence in a convulsive little burst of its own.
    Chapters 4-6 (39% in)
  • Whether Mr. Creakle was in earnest, or whether he only did it to frighten me, I don't know, but he made a burst out of his chair, before which I precipitately retreated, without waiting for the escort Of the man with the wooden leg, and never once stopped until I reached my own bedroom, where, finding I was not pursued, I went to bed, as it was time, and lay quaking, for a couple of hours.
    Chapters 4-6 (89% in)
  • CHAPTER 7 MY 'FIRST HALF' AT SALEM HOUSE School began in earnest next day.
    Chapters 7-9 (0% in)
  • What ravages I committed on my favourite authors in the course of my interpretation of them, I am not in a condition to say, and should be very unwilling to know; but I had a profound faith in them, and I had, to the best of my belief, a simple, earnest manner of narrating what I did narrate; and these qualities went a long way.
    Chapters 7-9 (10% in)
  • His strong loose hands clench themselves, in his earnestness; and he emphasizes what he says with a right arm that shows, in my pigmy view, like a sledge-hammer.
    Chapters 7-9 (35% in)
  • Ham was quite as earnest as he.
    Chapters 7-9 (35% in)
  • I looked at her earnestly.
    Chapters 7-9 (77% in)
  • I trembled without distinctly knowing why, and still looked at her earnestly, making no attempt to answer.
    Chapters 7-9 (77% in)
  • She looked so extraordinarily earnest and pretty, that I stopped in a sort of wonder; and they all observed her at the same time, for as I stopped, they laughed and looked at her.
    Chapters 10-12 (20% in)
  • 'Do you recollect the date,' said Mr. Dick, looking earnestly at me, and taking up his pen to note it down, 'when King Charles the First had his head cut off?'
    Chapters 13-15 (50% in)
  • In the morning he was downhearted again, and would have sustained himself by giving me all the money he had in his possession, gold and silver too, if my aunt had not interposed, and limited the gift to five shillings, which, at his earnest petition, were afterwards increased to ten.
    Chapters 13-15 (83% in)
  • Accordingly, I went to work very hard, both in play and in earnest, and gained great commendation.
    Chapters 16-18 (24% in)
  • Whenever I fall into trouble, or fall in love, I shall always tell you, if you'll let me — even when I come to fall in love in earnest.'
    Chapters 19-21 (8% in)
  • 'Why, you have always been in earnest!' said Agnes, laughing again.
    Chapters 19-21 (8% in)
  • 'Times are altering now, and I suppose I shall be in a terrible state of earnestness one day or other.
    Chapters 19-21 (8% in)
  • My wonder is, that you are not in earnest yourself, by this time, Agnes.'
    Chapters 19-21 (8% in)
  • We had gone on, so far, in a mixture of confidential jest and earnest, that had long grown naturally out of our familiar relations, begun as mere children.
    Chapters 19-21 (9% in)
  • 'My first master will succeed me — I am in earnest at last — so you'll soon have to arrange our contracts, and to bind us firmly to them, like a couple of knaves.'
    Chapters 19-21 (12% in)
  • For example, when Mrs. Steerforth observed, more in jest than earnest, that she feared her son led but a wild life at college, Miss Dartle put in thus: 'Oh, really?
    Chapters 19-21 (43% in)
  • ' Mr. Peggotty, in simple earnestness, waved his right arm, as if he were waving it at the town-lights for the last time, and then, exchanging a nod with Ham, whose eye he caught, proceeded as before.
    Chapters 19-21 (91% in)
  • He stopped, and, looking in my face, said, 'Daisy, I believe you are in earnest, and are good.
    Chapters 19-21 (**% in)
  • At length I begged him, with all the earnestness I felt, to tell me what had occurred to cross him so unusually, and to let me sympathize with him, if I could not hope to advise him.
    Chapters 22-24 (8% in)
  • His face was always full of expression, but I never saw it express such a dark kind of earnestness as when he said these words, with his glance bent on the fire.
    Chapters 22-24 (9% in)
  • Em'ly couldn't speak to her theer, for her loving uncle was come home, and he wouldn't — no, Mas'r Davy,' said Ham, with great earnestness, 'he couldn't, kind-natur'd, tender-hearted as he is, see them two together, side by side, for all the treasures that's wrecked in the sea.'
    Chapters 22-24 (41% in)
  • Em'ly, with her arms around her neck, kneeled by her, looking up most earnestly into her face.
    Chapters 22-24 (47% in)
  • She waved her hand to me to go away, so earnestly, that, all confounded as I was, I turned from them at once.
    Chapters 22-24 (66% in)
  • I suppose I expressed it, somehow; for after she had looked at me attentively for a little while, she appeared to understand, and replied in a low tone: 'I know you will do as I ask you, if I tell you I am very earnest in it.
    Chapters 22-24 (98% in)
  • It was always earnest; but when it was very earnest, as it was now, there was a thrill in it that quite subdued me.
    Chapters 25-27 (6% in)
  • It was always earnest; but when it was very earnest, as it was now, there was a thrill in it that quite subdued me.
    Chapters 25-27 (6% in)
  • 'We are not likely to remain alone much longer,' said Agnes, 'and while I have an opportunity, let me earnestly entreat you, Trotwood, to be friendly to Uriah.
    Chapters 25-27 (13% in)
  • There's a babby fur you, in the form of a great Sea Porkypine!' said Mr. Peggotty, relieving his earnestness with a roar of laughter.
    Chapters 31-33 (10% in)
  • But her face, as she turned it up to mine, was so earnest; and when I relieved her of the umbrella (which would have been an inconvenient one for the Irish Giant), she wrung her little hands in such an afflicted manner; that I rather inclined towards her.
    Chapters 31-33 (34% in)
  • 'If I had shown myself a sensitive dwarf to your false friend,' pursued the little woman, shaking her head at me, with reproachful earnestness, 'how much of his help or good will do you think I should ever have had?
    Chapters 31-33 (36% in)
  • 'Trust me, I will indeed,' said I, shaking hands with Ham earnestly.
    Chapters 31-33 (45% in)
  • 'Then why, my love,' said my aunt, looking earnestly at me, 'why do you think I prefer to sit upon this property of mine tonight?'
    Chapters 34-36 (17% in)
  • He assented to this in the most earnest manner; and implored me, if I should see him wandering an inch out of the right course, to recall him by some of those superior methods which were always at my command.
    Chapters 34-36 (21% in)
  • 'Someone that I know, Trot,' my aunt pursued, after a pause, 'though of a very pliant disposition, has an earnestness of affection in him that reminds me of poor Baby.
    Chapters 34-36 (28% in)
  • Earnestness is what that Somebody must look for, to sustain him and improve him, Trot.
    Chapters 34-36 (28% in)
  • Deep, downright, faithful earnestness.'
    Chapters 34-36 (28% in)
  • 'If you only knew the earnestness of Dora, aunt!'
    Chapters 34-36 (28% in)
  • Her mild but earnest eyes met mine with their own beautiful frankness, and there was no change in her gentle face.
    Chapters 34-36 (44% in)
  • I was encouraged by this closing admission on the part of Miss Mills to ask her, whether, for Dora's sake, if she had any opportunity of luring her attention to such preparations for an earnest life, she would avail herself of it?
    Chapters 37-39 (15% in)
  • 'I think I am earnest and persevering?'
    Chapters 37-39 (69% in)
  • I only knew that I was fervently in earnest, when I felt the rest and peace of having Agnes near me.
    Chapters 37-39 (71% in)
  • You might have been in earnest in striving to get on in the world, without being so very sudden with a timid, loving, inexperienced girl.
    Chapters 37-39 (72% in)
  • This gave me courage to protest most vehemently that I loved Dora better than I could tell, or anyone believe; that all my friends knew how I loved her; that my aunt, Agnes, Traddles, everyone who knew me, knew how I loved her, and how earnest my love had made me.
    Chapters 40-42 (38% in)
  • Her letter was hopeful, earnest, and cheerful.
    Chapters 40-42 (48% in)
  • My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest.
    Chapters 40-42 (57% in)
  • Some happy talent, and some fortunate opportunity, may form the two sides of the ladder on which some men mount, but the rounds of that ladder must be made of stuff to stand wear and tear; and there is no substitute for thorough-going, ardent, and sincere earnestness.
    Chapters 40-42 (57% in)
  • But when she saw her looking at once so cheerful and so earnest, and so thoughtful, and so good, she gave a faint little cry of pleased surprise, and just put her affectionate arms round Agnes's neck, and laid her innocent cheek against her face.
    Chapters 40-42 (65% in)
  • I told her so, earnestly.
    Chapters 40-42 (72% in)
  • He walked across the room, and came back to the same place; holding the chair with a grasp that trembled, like his subdued voice, in its earnestness.
    Chapters 40-42 (83% in)
  • I could not see him for the tears which his earnestness and goodness, so adorned by, and so adorning, the perfect simplicity of his manner, brought into my eyes.
    Chapters 40-42 (86% in)
  • Her tone was so very earnest that I raised my eyes in surprise.
    Chapters 43-45 (32% in)
  • The gentleness of the Doctor's manner and surprise, the dignity that mingled with the supplicating attitude of his wife, the amiable concern of Mr. Dick, and the earnestness with which my aunt said to herself, 'That man mad!'
    Chapters 43-45 (81% in)
  • Strong,' I said, 'there is something within my knowledge, which I have been earnestly entreated by Doctor Strong to conceal, and have concealed until tonight.
    Chapters 43-45 (83% in)
  • Thus earnestly besought, I made no reference to the Doctor for his permission, but, without any other compromise of the truth than a little softening of the coarseness of Uriah Heep, related plainly what had passed in that same room that night.
    Chapters 43-45 (84% in)
  • She stood quite still, before the Doctor, and spoke with an earnestness that thrilled me.
    Chapters 43-45 (92% in)
  • 'It has never been attributed to you,' I returned, earnestly responding to her earnestness.
    Chapters 46-48 (48% in)
  • 'It has never been attributed to you,' I returned, earnestly responding to her earnestness.
    Chapters 46-48 (48% in)
  • For I was in earnest, Trot, if ever a woman was.'
    Chapters 46-48 (68% in)
  • She was truly fond of me, and proud of me; and when Agnes wrote a few earnest words in her letters to Dora, of the pride and interest with which my old friends heard of my growing reputation, and read my book as if they heard me speaking its contents, Dora read them out to me with tears of joy in her bright eyes, and said I was a dear old clever, famous boy.
    Chapters 46-48 (92% in)
  • It passed before him, as he spoke, so vividly, that, in the intensity of his earnestness, he presented what he described to me, with greater distinctness than I can express.
    Chapters 49-51 (61% in)
  • But her earnest cordiality, and her quiet beauty, shone with the gentler lustre for it.
    Chapters 52-54 (14% in)
  • 'Oh, my dear, you never deserved it, and I loved you far too well to say a reproachful word to you, in earnest — it was all the merit I had, except being pretty — or you thought me so.
    Chapters 52-54 (63% in)
  • 'I am happy to say, Miss Wickfield,' pursued Traddles, at once with great delicacy and with great earnestness, 'that in your absence Mr. Wickfield has considerably improved.
    Chapters 52-54 (80% in)
  • The little parlour-maid came out, with the key in her hand; and looking earnestly at me as she unlocked the gate, said: 'I beg your pardon, sir.
    Chapters 55-57 (46% in)
  • I also pointed out, that my most earnest desire was, to be useful to the family; and that if I got on in the world, and anything should happen to him — I refer to the Reverend Horace —'
    Chapters 58-60 (45% in)
  • 'Indeed they must,' said I. 'You will find her,' pursued my aunt, 'as good, as beautiful, as earnest, as disinterested, as she has always been.
    Chapters 58-60 (77% in)
  • 'If she trains the young girls whom she has about her, to be like herself,' said my aunt, earnest even to the filling of her eyes with tears, 'Heaven knows, her life will be well employed!
    Chapters 58-60 (78% in)
  • That I truly devoted myself to it with my strongest earnestness, and bestowed upon it every energy of my soul, I have already said.
    Chapters 61-62 (1% in)
  • When I read to Agnes what I wrote; when I saw her listening face; moved her to smiles or tears; and heard her cordial voice so earnest on the shadowy events of that imaginative world in which I lived; I thought what a fate mine might have been — but only thought so, as I had thought after I was married to Dora, what I could have wished my wife to be.
    Chapters 61-62 (63% in)
  • 'Yes!' she cried, earnestly.
    Chapters 61-62 (87% in)

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