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  • Hubert Bazin with his copper mask and boyish avidity and his breath like crushed insects.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • But the cursory glance my father had taken of my volume by no means assured me that he was acquainted with its contents, and I continued to read with the greatest avidity.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • It may be judged whether d’Artagnan looked or listened with avidity.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • A little more, St. John — look at the avidity in her eyes.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre

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  • I wish he could have witnessed the horrible avidity with which Oliver tore the bits asunder with all the ferocity of famine.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Madame de Villefort listened with avidity to these appalling maxims and horrible paradoxes, delivered by the count with that ironical simplicity which was peculiar to him.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The man began to eat with avidity.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I was too much exhausted to reflect upon this circumstance, but ate and drank with avidity.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • He was staring at the door with a kind of drugged avidity, and his upper body seemed to twitch and jiggle beneath his flannel shirt.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • She seized on these words with avidity.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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  • Numberless recent massacres were still vivid in their recollections; nor was there any ear in the provinces so deaf as not to have drunk in with avidity the narrative of some fearful tale of midnight murder, in which the natives of the forests were the principal and barbarous actors.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • They wanted high excitement, not from the necessity of stimulating jaded nerves but with the avidity of prize-winning schoolchildren who deserved their vacations.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • He shook his head now, admiring with genuine avidity the spread of fruit before him; strawberries arranged in turned-up cedar flats, heavy and pungent, deeply crimson and firm, a regal abundance of them.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • She had an avidity for the forbidden wordsymbols; an insatiable appetite for the sound of them on his tongue and on her own.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • This familiar that I called out of my own soul, and sent forth alone to do his good pleasure, was a being inherently malign and villainous; his every act and thought centred on self; drinking pleasure with bestial avidity from any degree of torture to another; relentless like a man of stone.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • She went back to eating earth and the whitewash on the walls with the avidity of previous days, and she sucked her finger with so much anxiety that she developed a callus on her thumb.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • She longed to be renowned like others, and read with avidity all the complimentary or critical comments made concerning others high in her profession.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Me the weary booking agent or impresario, watched by them with wrath and avidity, with tics, with dignity by some and booby-hatch glares by others.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • You must know, then, that the above-named gentleman whenever he was at leisure (which was mostly all the year round) gave himself up to reading books of chivalry with such ardour and avidity that he almost entirely neglected the pursuit of his field-sports, and even the management of his property; and to such a pitch did his eagerness and infatuation go that he sold many an acre of tillageland to buy books of chivalry to read, and brought home as many of them as he could get.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • She poured out a cup, and drank it with a frightful avidity, which seemed desirous of draining the last drop in the goblet.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Rest assured that His Majesty will be delighted to know that in a time when his hard tack is not sought for by sailors with such avidity as should be; a time also when some shipmasters privily resent the borrowing from them a tar or two for the service; His Majesty, I say, will be delighted to learn that one shipmaster at least cheerfully surrenders to the King, the flower of his flock, a sailor who with equal loyalty makes no dissent.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Her greeting to her niece did not differ materially from her manner of raising the lid of this receptacle in order to glance at the contents: in neither act was it becoming to make a show of avidity.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Hurry had felt angered at his sufferings, when first liberated, it is true, but that emotion soon disappeared in the habitual love of gold, which he sought with the reckless avidity of a needy spendthrift, rather than with the ceaseless longings of a miser.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • This meal was devoured by my worthy relative with avidity and voracity.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • The life in the great feudal chateaux was so dull that the lords and ladies seized with avidity any amusement which promised to while away an idle hour.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Mercy Warren had written to the Adamses while they were still in London that the current "avidity for pleasure" in America was certain to lead to trouble.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • "Look! father, look!" exclaimed several voices at once, seizing with avidity, an opportunity to interrupt a dialogue which threatened to become more violent.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Some of these prophetic writings were actually serialized in our newspapers and read with as much avidity as the love-stories that had occupied these columns in the piping times of health.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Her greeting to her niece did not differ materially from her manner of raising the lid of this receptacle in order to glance at the contents: in neither act was it becoming to make a show of avidity.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Restless, discontented, visionary, without personal ambitions, but with a certain avidity of imagination, she was, as I have said before, eminently incomplete.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • He could detect no trace of emotion in himself, and the final effect of a staggering event was that, unnoticed and apart from the noisy crowd of boys, he exulted with fresh certitude in his avidity for adventure, and in a sense of many-sided courage.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • Their refusal would be too plausible a pretext to the complaining States to withhold their contributions, not to be embraced with avidity; and the non-compliance of these States with their engagements would be a ground of bitter discussion and altercation.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • …The Maintenance Of The Democratic Republic In The United States The Union has no neighbors—No metropolis—The Americans have had the chances of birth in their favor—America an empty country—How this circumstance contributes powerfully to the maintenance of the democratic republic in America—How the American wilds are peopled—Avidity of the Anglo-Americans in taking possession of the solitudes of the New World—Influence of physical prosperity upon the political opinions of the Americans.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Tom Tristram complained of his wife’s avidity, and declared that he could never have a clear five minutes with his friend.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • And as she still stood reflecting, and looking at him with an eye which, in spite of her desire to treat this avidity of patronage as a very old story, betrayed an almost touching incredulity, he was afraid he had offended her.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • Close beside him stood Charlotte, opening oysters from a barrel: which Mr. Claypole condescended to swallow, with remarkable avidity.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Forgetting, in an instant, every thing but the glory of being the first to give this jewel to the catalogues of science, he sprang upward at the prize with the avidity with which the sparrow darts upon the butterfly.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • The pupils one day succeeded in getting possession of this book, and set to reading it with avidity, a reading which was often interrupted by the fear of being caught, which caused them to close the volume precipitately.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • But the mild voice of reason, pleading the cause of an enlarged and permanent interest, is but too often drowned, before public bodies as well as individuals, by the clamors of an impatient avidity for immediate and immoderate gain.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • In point of justice, therefore, to the multitudes who will, I trust, devour this book with avidity, I have so far explained our ancient manners in modern language, and so far detailed the characters and sentiments of my persons, that the modern reader will not find himself, I should hope, much trammelled by the repulsive dryness of mere antiquity.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • The subtle element seized with avidity upon its new fuel, and in a moment forked flames were gliding among the grass, as the tongues of ruminating animals are seen rolling among their food, apparently in quest of its sweetest portions.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • It required, indeed, an insatiable avidity for censure to invent exceptions to the parts which have been excepted to.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • This time the scout seized the rifle with avidity; nor had Magua, though he watched the movements of the marksman with jealous eyes, any further cause for apprehension.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Her education, as the reader will have perceived, was far superior to her situation in life, and her eye glanced over page after page of the letters with a readiness that her schooling supplied, and with an avidity that found its origin in her feelings.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • It had not occurred to her that she was arousing something more than fraternal affection in Aureliano until she pricked her finger trying to open a can of peaches and he dashed over to suck the blood out with an avidity and a devotion that sent a chill up her spine.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • At twelve o’clock the mourning-coaches rolled into the paved court, and the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore was filled with a crowd of idlers, equally pleased to witness the festivities or the mourning of the rich, and who rush with the same avidity to a funeral procession as to the marriage of a duchess.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Father Fauchelevent was an old man who had been an egoist all his life, and who, towards the end of his days, halt, infirm, with no interest left to him in the world, found it sweet to be grateful, and perceiving a generous action to be performed, flung himself upon it like a man, who at the moment when he is dying, should find close to his hand a glass of good wine which he had never tasted, and should swallow it with avidity.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • …acquisitive ardor surpasses the ordinary limits of human cupidity: he is tormented by the desire of wealth, and he boldly enters upon every path which fortune opens to him; he becomes a sailor, a pioneer, an artisan, or a laborer with the same indifference, and he supports, with equal constancy, the fatigues and the dangers incidental to these various professions; the resources of his intelligence are astonishing, and his avidity in the pursuit of gain amounts to a species of heroism.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • It was much the same attitude — the coyness about fiscal exchange, the pretence that it hadn’t really taken place, the underlying avidity — that characterized the better class of French whore, although the whores were less gauche about it.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
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