He spoke lightly, but it was evident that he was very much in earnest.
The woman’s words came with an intense earnestness which carried conviction with them.
I am sorry to intrude, but you heard how earnestly Holmes insisted that I should not leave you, and especially that you should not go alone upon the moor.
He spoke with a sudden passion of earnestness.
And what deep and earnest purpose can he have which calls for such a trial!
Know then that in the time of the Great Rebellion (the history of which by the learned Lord Clarendon I most earnestly commend to your attention) this Manor of Baskerville was held by Hugo of that name, nor can it be gainsaid that he was a most wild, profane, and godless man.
Then on the top of these more or less vague impressions there had come the definite and distinct warning of Miss Stapleton, delivered with such intense earnestness that I could not doubt that some grave and deep reason lay behind it.
They were walking slowly along in deep conversation, and I saw her making quick little movements of her hands as if she were very earnest in what she was saying, while he listened intently, and once or twice shook his head in strong dissent.
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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.