He fell in love, as men are in the habit of doing, and pressed his suit with an earnestness and an ardor which left nothing to be desired.
She never knew precisely what to make of it; at that moment it was impossible for her to guess how much of it was jest and what proportion was earnest.
But they were greatly in earnest.
I’m in earnest; I mean what I say.
They played a duet from "Zampa," and at the earnest solicitation of every one present followed it with the overture to "The Poet and the Peasant."
He spoke with an animation and earnestness that gave an exaggerated importance to every syllable he uttered.
Victor had lost all idea of courtesy, or else he thought his hostess was not in earnest, for he laughed and went on: "Ah! si tu savais Ce que tes yeux me disent"— "Oh! you mustn’t! you mustn’t," exclaimed Edna, and pushing back her chair she got up, and going behind him placed her hand over his mouth.
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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.