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Far from the Madding Crowd
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earnest
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Far from the Madding Crowd
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  • Can you jest when I am so wretchedly in earnest?
  • "Never," said Mr Oak, so earnestly that he seemed to be coming, by the force of his words, straight through the bush and into her arms.
  • She hesitated, somewhat disconcerted at Oak’s old-fashioned earnest conclusion to a dialogue lightly carried on.
  • "Yes—I will give you any time," he said earnestly and gratefully.
  • "The question was perfectly fair," he returned—and there was something incongruous in the serious earnestness with which he applied himself to an argument on a valentine.
  • Though elastic in nature she was less daring than Bathsheba, and occasionally showed some earnestness, which consisted half of genuine feeling, and half of mannerliness superadded by way of duty.
  • In every point of view, ranging from politic to passionate, it was desirable that she, a lonely girl, should marry, and marry this earnest, well-to-do, and respected man.
  • All earnestly expressed by their features that their minds did not wander to Holland for a moment on account of this statement, but were deploring the difference which gave rise to the figure; and Mark Clark cried "Hear, hear; just what I should ha’ said."
  • He saw no absurd sides to the follies of life, and thus, though not quite companionable in the eyes of merry men and scoffers, and those to whom all things show life as a jest, he was not intolerable to the earnest and those acquainted with grief.
  • "But I do pity you—deeply—O, so deeply!" she earnestly said.
  • I took for earnest what you insist was jest, and now this that I pray to be jest you say is awful, wretched earnest.
  • I took for earnest what you insist was jest, and now this that I pray to be jest you say is awful, wretched earnest.
  • Where are your pleasant words all gone—your earnest hope to be able to love me?
  • The rain came on in earnest, and Oak soon felt the water to be tracking cold and clammy routes down his back.
  • "Well, you need not think more of that: perhaps you did not mean to be rude to me by speaking out your mind: indeed, I believe you did not," said the shrewd woman, in painfully innocent earnest.
  • Her beauty, which, whilst it had been quiescent, he had praised in jest, had in its animated phases moved him to earnest; and though his seriousness was less than she imagined, it was probably more than he imagined himself.
  • So earnest and yet so wrong-headed was this young dog (he had no name in particular, and answered with perfect readiness to any pleasant interjection), that if sent behind the flock to help them on, he did it so thoroughly that he would have chased them across the whole county with the greatest pleasure if not called off or reminded when to stop by the example of old George.
  • The woman—for it was a woman—approached with her face askance, as if looking earnestly on all sides of her.
  • The two men then approached each other and seemed to engage in earnest conversation.
  • He nourished it fearfully, and almost shunned the contemplation of it in earnest, lest facts should reveal the wildness of the dream.
  • "My heart died within me, that time; but I kneeled down and said the Lord’s Prayer, and then the Belief right through, and then the Ten Commandments, in earnest prayer.
  • At length she said, in a sort of hopeless whisper— "Very well, then, I will to-night, if you wish it so earnestly.
  • "Now," said Coggan, appealing in an earnest voice to the public at large as it stood clustered about his shoulder-blades, "did ye ever hear such onreasonable woman as that?

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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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