What will you do with’t, that you have been so earnest To have me filch it?
O thou dull Moor! that handkerchief thou speak’st of I found by fortune and did give my husband; For often with a solemn earnestness,— More than, indeed, belong’d to such a trifle,— He begg’d of me to steal it.
…still the house affairs would draw her thence; Which ever as she could with haste despatch, She’d come again, and with a greedy ear Devour up my discourse; which I observing, Took once a pliant hour; and found good means To draw from her a prayer of earnest heart That I would all my pilgrimage dilate, Whereof by parcels she had something heard, But not intentively; I did consent; And often did beguile her of her tears, When I did speak of some distressful stroke That my youth suffer’d.
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Both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate.
She has a casual, go-with-the-flow personality and doesn’t appreciate his earnestness.