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  • The earnestness of my manner, and the tears in my eyes, alarmed her.
  • I am glad to dwell upon the earnestness and love with which she lifted up her face to mine, and did so.
  • She was very earnestly and humbly entreating Miss Murdstone’s pardon, which that lady granted, and a perfect reconciliation took place.
  • I looked at her earnestly.
  • CHAPTER 7 MY ’FIRST HALF’ AT SALEM HOUSE School began in earnest next day.
  • I trembled without distinctly knowing why, and still looked at her earnestly, making no attempt to answer.
  • ’Times are altering now, and I suppose I shall be in a terrible state of earnestness one day or other.
  • Ham was quite as earnest as he.
  • 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.
  • ’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?’
  • Accordingly, I went to work very hard, both in play and in earnest, and gained great commendation.
  • 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.’
  • ’Why, you have always been in earnest!’ said Agnes, laughing again.
  • My wonder is, that you are not in earnest yourself, by this time, Agnes.’
  • 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.
  • ’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.’
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Earnestness is what that Somebody must look for, to sustain him and improve him, Trot.
  • Deep, downright, faithful earnestness.’
  • ’If you only knew the earnestness of Dora, aunt!’
  • Em’ly, with her arms around her neck, kneeled by her, looking up most earnestly into her face.
  • She waved her hand to me to go away, so earnestly, that, all confounded as I was, I turned from them at once.
  • ’Trust me, I will indeed,’ said I, shaking hands with Ham earnestly.
  • ’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?’
  • He stopped, and, looking in my face, said, ’Daisy, I believe you are in earnest, and are good.
  • It was always earnest; but when it was very earnest, as it was now, there was a thrill in it that quite subdued me.
  • It was always earnest; but when it was very earnest, as it was now, there was a thrill in it that quite subdued me.
  • Her mild but earnest eyes met mine with their own beautiful frankness, and there was no change in her gentle face.
  • ’I think I am earnest and persevering?’
  • I only knew that I was fervently in earnest, when I felt the rest and peace of having Agnes near me.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ’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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • ’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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ’ 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ’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?
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • She stood quite still, before the Doctor, and spoke with an earnestness that thrilled me.
  • ’It has never been attributed to you,’ I returned, earnestly responding to her earnestness.
  • That I truly devoted myself to it with my strongest earnestness, and bestowed upon it every energy of my soul, I have already said.
  • I told her so, earnestly.
  • ’It has never been attributed to you,’ I returned, earnestly responding to her earnestness.
  • 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.
  • ’Yes!’ she cried, earnestly.
  • Her letter was hopeful, earnest, and cheerful.
  • Her tone was so very earnest that I raised my eyes in surprise.
  • For I was in earnest, Trot, if ever a woman was.’
  • But her earnest cordiality, and her quiet beauty, shone with the gentler lustre for it.
  • ’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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ’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.
  • 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.’
  • ’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.
  • 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 —’
  • ’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!
  • 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!’
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.

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