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She watched with rapt attention.
  deeply interested and focused upon — often while admiring
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  • She watched with rapt attention.
  • We all listened with rapt attention as she described the accident.
  • ...the audience hung upon his words, taking no note of time, rapt in the ghastly fascinations of the tale.
    Mark Twain  --  Tom Sawyer
  • ...a few of the smaller kids were sitting on the adults’ laps, their faces rapt with attention as they listened to ’Twas the Night Before Christmas.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember

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  • watching Vernon with rapt absorption.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • The boy and his mother study it raptly over MAMA’S shoulders.
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • "An’ we’d keep a few pigeons to go flyin’ around the win’mill like they done when I was a kid." He looked raptly at the wall over Lennie’s head. "An’ it’d be our own, an’ nobody could can us."
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • He looked over at Marybeth as if she didn’t know the story, and Marybeth obliged with her rapt attention.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • She stood beside Luke, watching with rapt attention as he slowly but surely brought the jack-o’-lantern to life, the pattern more intricate than the ones she’d always made as a child.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • When she turned to him after every seemingly mundane part of her job, the screen danced brightly in his eyes, his face rapt—like he’d never seen anything more interesting in his life.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • I would listen, rapt, as he told stories of warring tribes, Pashtun leaders and saints, often through poems that he read in a melodious voice, crying sometimes as he read.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • The animals listened, rapt.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Now the judge leaned in to listen with rapt attention.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Ben sat up straight in his seat and assumed such an aspect of rapt attention that we both broke into grins.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • He was rapt, suddenly unself-conscious.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • The cause of all the commotion sat serenely, his rapt, innocent gaze never straying from the minister’s face, his hand still cupped over the imprisoned fly.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • The guards watched the three girls, rapt for another reason entirely.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • The bug listened with rapt attention to something he alone could hear—the shouts and applause of an enormous crowd, all cheering for him.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • Only one viewer was rapt, leaning forward in her seat, nodding at each trite sentiment, smiling while dabbing at wet eyes.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • In her hands was a crystal ball into which she was gazing raptly.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • He’d stand silhouetted in the grainy light of the bedroom, and though all of us were supposed to be asleep, and pretended to be, we were rapt, awed by his cheer and bravado.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • As the match flared, I saw Du Hai sitting in rapt attention.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • Violins, horns, drums, speeches—a mouth against a microphone in some faraway yet simultaneous evening—the sorcery of it holds him rapt.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • She had a rapt audience as she pressed her ear to Grace’s hot pink T-shirt, listening for a heartbeat that wasn’t there.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • "Das bin ich . and das bin ich," Emmi continued in her childish drone, stabbing at the photographs with her button thumb, the rapt "me me me" uttered again and again in a half-whisper like an incantation.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I was rapt myself, but by my own thoughts, which were tumbling about, forming patterns under the influence of wine, music, and fairy legends.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Glenn Gould at the piano, wild-haired, ebullient, head thrown back, emissary from the realm of angels, rapt and consumed by the sublime!
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Even the Silvers stop to watch in rapt silence.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Harris cracked it open and was imme-diately rapt.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • I watched with rapt attention.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • But the others’ faces were rapt.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • Coffee is served and the husbands drink theirs, but most of the women keep rapt attention on Hilly.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • He was too busy staring at Isabelle, rapt and openmouthed.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • The building stood on the shore of the East River, a structure rapt as raised arms.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • When these peasants are excited they have a curious expression, a mixture of cow and yearning god, half stupid and half rapt.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Hermione, on the other hand, was listening to Lockhart with rapt attention and gave a start when he mentioned her name.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • "Yes, that’s me!" she seemed to say, answering the rapt gaze with which Denisov followed her.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I was filled with a mix of rapt admiration and abject fear.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • After taking off her closefitting jacket she sat down and started studying the bill of fare with a sort of rapt attention.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • Clustered around the radio, they all listen raptly to the BBC.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • In what rapt ether sails the world, of which the weariest will never weary?
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He leant his two elbows on his knees, and his chin on his hands and remained rapt in dumb meditation.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • I was standing, rapt in the peaceful beauty of the scene, when I was aware that something was moving under the shadow of the copper beeches.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • At every House table, Harry could see people either gazing raptly at Dumbledore, or else whispering fervently to their neighbors.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • I stared at it with no less rapt attention than if it had been God Himself in a golden chariot riding overhead.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Of this scene, so chillingly in accordance with the past, Duncan stood for many minutes a rapt observer.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Scott was still boasting to a rapt Cassie and Ashley.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • Look, how our partner’s rapt.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • This spectacle of another’s suffering and sacrifice rapt my thoughts from exclusive meditation on my own.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • He looked rapt and dreamy.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
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