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  • The audience hung upon his words, taking no note of time, rapt in the ghastly fascinations of the tale.   (source)
    rapt = with deep interest and focus
  • We all listened with rapt attention as she described the accident.
    rapt = deep interest and focus
  • 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.   (source)
    rapt = with deep interest and focus
  • There were the guards, crowded around a radio in rapt attention, listening to a small, halting Japanese voice. Something of great importance was being said.   (source)
    rapt = deeply interested
  • For nearly a quarter of an hour he spoke into the rapt silence: He told them about hearing the disembodied voice, how Hermione had finally realized that he was hearing a basilisk in the pipes; how he and Ron had followed the spiders...   (source)
    rapt = showing deep interest and focus
  • Moving deliberately around the display, Billie points out Chris as a toddler astride a hobby horse, Chris as a rapt eight-year-old in a yellow rain slicker on his first backpacking trip, Chris at his high school commencement.   (source)
    rapt = showing deep interest
  • For entertainment, Odysseus told them heroic stories of.... The men were rapt, their faces struck with wonder.   (source)
    rapt = deeply, and pleasurably fascinated
  • In her hands was a crystal ball into which she was gazing raptly.   (source)
    raptly = with deep interest and focus
  • Then I came to the faces in the congregation that Owen must have seen about the same time I saw them; they bore the most rapt expressions of all.   (source)
    rapt = deeply interested and focused
  • Even the Silvers stop to watch in rapt silence.   (source)
    rapt = deep interest and focus
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  • 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.   (source)
    rapt = showing deep interest and focus
  • They'll lie up there—they must, when the sun's too hot—" Ralph gazed bewildered at his rapt face."   (source)
  • Clustered around the radio, they all listen raptly to the BBC.   (source)
    raptly = with deep interest and focus
  • 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.   (source)
    rapt = showing deep interest and focus
  • I stared at it with no less rapt attention than if it had been God Himself in a golden chariot riding overhead.   (source)
    rapt = deep interest and focus
  • ...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.   (source)
    rapt = showing deep interest and focus
  • The boy and his mother study it raptly over MAMA'S shoulders.   (source)
    raptly = with deep interest and focus
  • 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.   (source)
    rapt = deeply interested and focused
  • Scrambling back up, looking bored and deadpan, he told his rapt little brothers, "It's gonna come, and it's gonna go."   (source)
  • The boy watched, his initial doubt replaced with plain delight, then by raptness, then by a dawning mute blankness.   (source)
    raptness = a state of deep interest and focus
  • The voice rose and fell in a rhythmical, dreamlike recital-part enumeration of earthly trials undergone by the congregation, part rapt display of vocal virtuosity, part appeal to God.   (source)
    rapt = filled with pleasure
  • "Go on," replied Abbott quietly, holding his pipe, his expression rapt.   (source)
    rapt = deeply interested
  • When the Warden started booming, she had inconspicuously swallowed half a gramme of soma, with the result that she could now sit, serenely not listening, thinking of nothing at all, but with her large blue eyes fixed on the Warden's face in an expression of rapt attention.   (source)
    rapt = with deep interest
  • When these peasants are excited they have a curious expression, a mixture of cow and yearning god, half stupid and half rapt.   (source)
    rapt = showing deep interest and focus
  • watching Vernon with rapt absorption.   (source)
    rapt = deep interest and focus
  • His eyes had the rapt stare, the wild fear of a man who saw an apparition, yet who doubted his sight.   (source)
  • It left John sitting so silent and rapt that he did not for some time notice the usher tapping him lightly on the shoulder and saying politely, "Will you step this way, please, sir?"   (source)
    rapt = with deep interest and focus
  • "Yes, that's me!" she seemed to say, answering the rapt gaze with which Denisov followed her.   (source)
    rapt = showing deep interest and focus
  • I cannot say, but his face was rapt as he conjured those visions.   (source)
  • Our six hundred faces gazed up at the little man in rapt attention.   (source)
    rapt = deep interest and focus
  • Harris cracked it open and was immediately rapt.   (source)
    rapt = deeply fascinated
  • Mae turned to find Stenton's face rapt, his mouth slightly open.   (source)
    rapt = showing deep interest and focus
  • I filled her in on the progress, watching her rapt expression as she tried to imagine it.   (source)
    rapt = filled with pleasure
  • All I need is luck, Woolf told a rapt audience.   (source)
    rapt = deeply interested and focused
  • The world awaited the race with rapt attention.   (source)
    rapt = deep interest and attention
  • The "pillar of light," following the shepherds and kings, would lead the congregation's rapt attention to our assembly in the stable.   (source)
    rapt = deeply interested and focused
  • Hermione, on the other hand, was listening to Lockhart with rapt attention and gave a start when he mentioned her name.   (source)
    rapt = deep interest and focus
  • When he wasn't with his campers, Louie was happily walking the world, telling his story to rapt audiences in everything from grade school classrooms to stadiums.   (source)
    rapt = deeply fascinated
  • I see in my mind's eye the fatal atmosphere of that jam-packed auditorium: The Founder holds the audience within the gentle palm of his eloquence, rocking it, soothing it, instructing it; and there below, the rapt faces blushed by the glow of the big pot-bellied stove now turned cherry-red with its glowing; yes, the spellbound rows caught in the imperious truth of his message.   (source)
    rapt = deeply interested and focused
  • They are moving now, plaiting with rapt bemusement a fold of her skirt.   (source)
    rapt = focused
  • It would have been hard to say which face was the more rapt, more calm, more convinced.   (source)
  • He was looking straight ahead, with a rapt, calm expression like a monk in a picture.   (source)
  • As the light dawned lingeringly on his new creations, he sat rapt and silent before the vision, or wandered alone over the green campus peering through and beyond the world of men into a world of thought.   (source)
    rapt = with deep interest and focus
  • Jamie stood to one side a little, observing me and taking pleasure in my raptness.   (source)
    raptness = a state of deep interest and focus
  • A bony form strode along the curbstone from the river staring with a rapt gaze into the sunlight through a heavystringed glass.   (source)
    rapt = showing deep interest and focus
  • He peered sideways up and gave a long slow whistle of call, then paused awhile in rapt attention, his even white teeth glistening here and there with gold points.   (source)
    rapt = deep interest and focus
  • And Gerty, rapt in thought, scarce saw or heard her companions or the twins at their boyish gambols or the gentleman off Sandymount green that Cissy Caffrey called the man that was so like himself passing along the strand taking a short walk.   (source)
    rapt = with deep interest and focus
  • The hoi polloi of jarvies or stevedores or whatever they were after a cursory examination turned their eyes apparently dissatisfied, away though one redbearded bibulous individual portion of whose hair was greyish, a sailor probably, still stared for some appreciable time before transferring his rapt attention to the floor.   (source)
    rapt = deep interest and focus
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  • In the painting, the angel is gazing in rapt adoration of baby Jesus.
    rapt = deeply moved
  • She was rapt with love.   (source)
    rapt = deeply moved or filled with intense pleasure
  • ...they could see the faces of the lovers, pale, close together, rapt in oblivious forgetfulness, drifting into the unknown.   (source)
    rapt = filled with deep pleasure
  • Kindness always melted her heart utterly, but kindness with such beautiful courtesy added—this was the quality in flower.
    "It doesn't make any differ," she said softly, turning to him a rapt, transfigured face.   (source)
    rapt = deeply moved or filled with intense pleasure
  • He was gazing upward with a rapt expression, a man watching his greatest dream become reality.   (source)
    rapt = filled with pleasure
  • It was only a few months after the pigs had been sold that she noticed one day, with a cold sensation in her stomach, that familiar rapt expression on Dick's face.   (source)
    rapt = full of pleasure
  • "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."   (source)
    raptly = filled with pleasure
  • So he preached to them, as he had always preached: with that rapt fury which they had considered sacrilege and which those from the other churches believed to be out and out insanity.   (source)
    rapt = deeply moved
  • When he thought of that rapt light being quenched in her eyes he had an uncomfortable feeling that he was going to assist at murdering something—much the same feeling that came over him when he had to kill a lamb or calf or any other innocent little creature.   (source)
    rapt = filled with deep interest and pleasure
  • It was strange that the girl did not seem aware of it: that she could lift her rapt face to her dancer's, and drop her hands into his, without appearing to feel the offence of his look and touch.   (source)
    rapt = filled with deep pleasure
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  • The piece of glass broken out at the corner of the window just nipped off the bare heel of the boy standing motionless and looking with rapt eyes into the face of the Christ.   (source)
    rapt = deeply moved or filled with intense pleasure
  • Kells was white and rapt.   (source)
    rapt = filled with pleasure
  • He was wrinkled and black, with scant gray and tufted hair; his voice and hands shook as with palsy; but on his face lay the intense rapt look of the religious fanatic.   (source)
  • He received no answer, all for the moment sitting rapt in admiration of the performance described.   (source)
    rapt = deeply moved
  • Then Sunday he would be again in the pulpit, with his wild hands and his wild rapt eager voice in which like phantoms God and salvation and the galloping horses and his dead grandfather thundered, while below him the elders sat, and the congregation, puzzled and outraged.   (source)
  • "He say he love me," repeated the girl, in a kind of rapt awe.   (source)
    rapt = filled with deep pleasure
  • And Kells began to wear that strange, rapt, weak expression that gambling gave him.   (source)
    rapt = filled with pleasure
  • Anne had no business to look so rapt and radiant.   (source)
    rapt = filled with deep pleasure
  • Alfred met her, and his exclamation, and Florence's rapt eyes shining on her face, and Stillwell's speechlessness made her self-conscious.   (source)
  • The face she saw—white, rapt, strangely glowing, with parted, quivering lips, with great, staring, tragic eyes—this could not be Madeline Hammond's face.   (source)
  • Rapt and radiant Anne continued until they were in the very presence of Mrs. Lynde, who was sitting knitting by her kitchen window.   (source)
  • "You did just splendidly, Anne," puffed Diana, recovering sufficiently to sit up and speak, for Anne, starry eyed and rapt, had not uttered a word.   (source)
  • Still with rapt face she gazed afar into the sunset west, with eyes that saw visions trooping splendidly across that glowing background.   (source)
  • The white and green light strained through apple trees and clustering vines outside fell over the rapt little figure with a half-unearthly radiance.   (source)
  • Anne, forgetting all about herself and her troubles for the time, listened with rapt and shining eyes; but when the recitation ended she suddenly put her hands over her face.   (source)
  • Eustacia floated round and round on Wildeve's arm, her face rapt and statuesque; her soul had passed away from and forgotten her features, which were left empty and quiescent, as they always are when feeling goes beyond their register.   (source)
    rapt = filled with pleasure
  • It varied in expression from the silent rapt countenance or the low murmur and moan to the mad abandon of physical fervor,—the stamping, shrieking, and shouting, the rushing to and fro and wild waving of arms, the weeping and laughing, the vision and the trance.   (source)
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  • As it turned out, once the film was flickering Osip was rapt.†   (source)
  • I was filled with a mix of rapt admiration and abject fear.†   (source)
  • But the others' faces were rapt.†   (source)
  • Now the judge leaned in to listen with rapt attention.†   (source)
  • He held up his hands and flexed the fingers, his expression rapt and exultant.†   (source)
  • He was rapt, suddenly unself-conscious.†   (source)
  • Coffee is served and the husbands drink theirs, but most of the women keep rapt attention on Hilly.†   (source)
  • The guards watched the three girls, rapt for another reason entirely.†   (source)
  • Violins, horns, drums, speeches—a mouth against a microphone in some faraway yet simultaneous evening—the sorcery of it holds him rapt.†   (source)
  • As the match flared, I saw Du Hai sitting in rapt attention.†   (source)
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  • Date rapt.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Glenn Gould at the piano, wild-haired, ebullient, head thrown back, emissary from the realm of angels, rapt and consumed by the sublime!†   (source)
  • He looked rapt and dreamy.†   (source)
  • Theodore listened, rapt.†   (source)
  • He was trying to teach the "Hava Nagilia" to a rapt but inept circle of admirers.†   (source)
  • They saw Denver sitting on the steps and beyond her, where the yard met the road, they saw the rapt faces of thirty neighborhood women.†   (source)
  • I watched with rapt attention.†   (source)
  • The volume was kept way down, the girls engaged in a rapt dialogue with their guest.†   (source)
  • He was too busy staring at Isabelle, rapt and openmouthed.†   (source)
  • Ben sat up straight in his seat and assumed such an aspect of rapt attention that we both broke into grins.†   (source)
  • A wet sob rolled out over the audience, everyone rapt.†   (source)
  • I lay, rapt and naked, on Irwin's rough blanket, waiting for the miraculous change to make itself felt.†   (source)
  • The crowd was rapt, and so was Farmer.†   (source)
  • Once again I was listening with rapt terror to the lives of the saints and the martyrs, although that wasn't really what attracted me this time.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • The audience stiffened and leaned forward, their faces rapt; this, apparently, was what they had been waiting for.†   (source)
  • The bug listened with rapt attention to something he alone could hear—the shouts and applause of an enormous crowd, all cheering for him.†   (source)
  • She is rapt.†   (source)
  • Rapt, he'd studied the wands and bulbs of shadowy light that were his toes, his heels.†   (source)
  • Yes, and you too, Fiver—come out of that rapt trance, or whatever you're in.†   (source)
  • Rain-laden mists swept down upon her from the heights, and she walked through them unnoting; the pale light from the eastern sky shone on an aspect introverted, rapt away from knowledge of its surroundings.†   (source)
  • At the end of a cocktail party, a crowd of people would sit rapt at Tomkins's feet.†   (source)
  • "With snatches of Balti, and a lot of gesticulating, Mortenson told the crowd now watching him with rapt attention that he was American, that he'd come to climb K2 (which produced appreciative murmurs from the men), that he had become weak and sick and had walked here to Askole to find a jeep willing to take him on the eight-hour journey down to Skardu, Baltistan's capital.†   (source)
  • Only one viewer was rapt, leaning forward in her seat, nodding at each trite sentiment, smiling while dabbing at wet eyes.†   (source)
  • I was rapt.†   (source)
  • He did not appear rapt.†   (source)
  • Whoever gets to know him first, really know him, will have stories to tell and the rapt attention of others.†   (source)
  • The animals listened, rapt.†   (source)
  • One of the girls, a skinny blonde with Angelina Jolie lips, was rattling on about her crappy vacation in Miami, and Wesley was listening with rapt attention — obviously trying to convince her of his sympathy.†   (source)
  • A rapt Shiva spurs me on and sends silent instructions: Throw it to me.†   (source)
  • One of them has long red hair," he was murmuring to Iggy, who nodded, rapt.†   (source)
  • Rapt, Joe said, "Witnesses to what?"†   (source)
  • Take her to Emily's," Sam shouted toward the other boys, who were watching the conflict with rapt expressions.†   (source)
  • 'It was worth the trip,' said Billy's mother raptly.†   (source)
  • The look of his eyes, held raptly still upon some point in space, was not in answer to her words; it was in answer to a man's voice saying to him, "Do you think that what you're facing is merely a conspiracy to seize your wealth?†   (source)
  • At the piano, Tradd's white fine-boned face was taut with rapt concentration as he read the notes of the score and instantly translated them into sound.†   (source)
  • Tappan, Jocelyn, Baldwin, and Sedgwick stood in the cell's doorway and listened in rapt amazement.†   (source)
  • I remember how Mitt liked to have the same book read to him each night for two or three weeks, how he would sit rapt with the tale and eventually murmur the words along with me, though on the first reading he would hardly listen and climb all over the bed and my shoulders and laugh frantically at the suspenseful moments, which for him began with the first Once, long ago.†   (source)
  • To this they responded with rapt attention.†   (source)
  • Arya made faces across the table when no one was looking; Sansa listened raptly while the king's high harper sang songs of chivalry, and Rickon kept asking why Jon wasn't with them.†   (source)
  • Rapt, willing to do the hard stuff.†   (source)
  • "Aaah!" he said again raptly, drawing in his breath, and then half whispered to her, "Quick!†   (source)
  • He glanced at Adam and saw that he was looking raptly at his wife.†   (source)
  • When the actors appeared, gigantic in their makeup, ankle bells jangling as their feet beat the ground, there was no applause, only rapt attention.†   (source)
  • He had the rapt look of someone about to burst with a secret.†   (source)
  • She pauses, staring before her with unnaturally bright, dreamy eyes, and a rapt, tender, girlish smile.†   (source)
  • His rapt ears still listened to the human silence there.†   (source)
  • In rapt silence, the legal division studied the scene and jotted notes while the androids reproduced the actions of the fatal Beaumont party.†   (source)
  • Harry couldn't see where this story was going, but he was listening raptly all the same.†   (source)
  • They were rapt as they looked up at his father.†   (source)
  • Jessica looked up at the ceiling in rapt concentration.†   (source)
  • Scott was still boasting to a rapt Cassie and Ashley.†   (source)
  • Now he rolled off his huge wife, whose rapt expression did not change when he departed.†   (source)
  • The rapt air, the rhythmic utterance, the intent listeners—what was it they recalled?†   (source)
  • Harry could tell that the portraits all around them were awake and listening raptly to Dumbledore's explanation; he could hear the occasional rustle of robes, the slight clearing of a throat.†   (source)
  • "It matters not!" shrieked Voldemort, who had followed every word with rapt attention, but now let out a cackle of mad laughter.†   (source)
  • Harry opened his eyes a fraction and squinted up to where they stood; Dumbledore's back was to him, but he could see Percy's face, rapt with attention, and Snape's profile, which looked angry.†   (source)
  • With rapt attention he watched the likes of This Gun for Hire, Shadow of a Doubt, and Double Indemnity.†   (source)
  • He looked over at Marybeth as if she didn't know the story, and Marybeth obliged with her rapt attention.†   (source)
  • "See ya, Snivellus!" a voice called, as the compartment door slammed… And the scene dissolved once more… Harry was standing right behind Snape as they faced the candlelit House tables, lined with rapt faces.†   (source)
  • They couldn't hear what Hagrid was saying, but he was talking to Madame Maxime with a rapt, misty-eyed expression Harry had only ever seen him wear once before — when he had been looking at the baby dragon, Norbert.†   (source)
  • I looked round me at all the rows of rapt little heads with the same silver glow on them at the front and the same black shadow on them at the back, and they looked like nothing more or less than a lot of stupid moonbrains.†   (source)
  • Just ahead, at the edge of the stream, Denver could see her silhouette, standing barefoot in the water, liking her black skirts up above her calves, the beautiful head lowered in rapt attention.†   (source)
  • At every House table, Harry could see people either gazing raptly at Dumbledore, or else whispering fervently to their neighbors.†   (source)
  • Sometimes he had Abdullah and Pari sit raptly before him, as Parwana banged pots in the kitchen, and told them stories his grandmother had passed on to him when he had been a boy, sending them off to lands populated by sultans and jinns and malevolent divs and wise dervishes.†   (source)
  • Victor's conviction made Thibault feel like he was ten years old again, listening raptly as Victor told the story with a flashlight propped beneath his chin.†   (source)
  • They strummed golden harps and called riddles to Glaedr below and, now and then, pointed a finger at the sky, whereupon a burst of colored embers would appear in various shapes before fading away…… He remembered sitting in a dell, propped against Saphira, and watching the same elf-maid sway before a rapt audience while she sang: Away, away, you shall fly away, O'er the peaks and vales To the lands beyond.†   (source)
  • Recapping the final four days they spent together, she left very little out as Deanna listened with rapt attention.†   (source)
  • The telling took some time, butboth Nasuada and Eragon—who was standing by her right hand—listened with rapt and sometimes horrified attention while Roran spoke.†   (source)
  • The young queen listened raptly.†   (source)
  • Kenny's brother slid between the slats, lifted the pig's head toward the moon-the glazing eyes regarded the crescent with rapt blankness-and slashed.†   (source)
  • He was in a state of rapt elation, that pure surrender he undertakes, able to lose himself in the eye and mind of the movie, totally drawn and charmed—charmed at some level even when he doesn't like what he's watching.†   (source)
  • He mentioned some of the injuries he'd suffered over the years and described the nerves he felt when riding in the PBR World Championships—once, he'd been in the running for the championship until the final ride, only to finish third overall—and through it all, Sophia listened raptly, interrupting him only occasionally to ask questions.†   (source)
  • And then on this vast and desolate landscape of night, where I was standing alone and where Babette was only an illusion, I saw suddenly a possibility that I'd never considered before, a possibility from which I'd fled, rapt as I was with the world, fallen into the senses of the vampire, in love with color and shape and sound and singing and softness and infinite variation.†   (source)
  • It was the forgotten delight of being held in rapt attention by the reins of the ingenious, the unexpected, the logical, the purposeful, the new-and of seeing it embodied in a performance of superlative artistry by a woman playing a character whose beauty of spirit matched her own physical perfection.†   (source)
  • And then Cedric preached about the magic of the divine word, as the audience sat rapt and wept and professional preachers from the stage knew they'd been bested.†   (source)
  • The train was now picking up speed, moving across the bridge over which Alessandro had only half an hour before passed in rapt seriousness.†   (source)
  • She looks over as he listens raptly to Long, even though he told her on the way back from the restaurant that his enthusiasm for church and the unquestioned power of faith is slowly ebbing.†   (source)
  • Three times a week, Rossini and Verdi marshaled sufficient force and beauty to shut the students up and bring them to the kind of rapt attention that the singers of La Scala thought the natural state of mankind.†   (source)
  • "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.†   (source)
  • 'Look, Rhoda,' said Louis, 'they have become nocturnal, rapt.†   (source)
  • He was so rapt that nothing else interested him.†   (source)
  • The building stood on the shore of the East River, a structure rapt as raised arms.†   (source)
  • "It was awful," she whispered, not at me, but raptly, to herself.†   (source)
  • Raptly, he turned them over and over as though they had a lustre and shape of their own.†   (source)
  • Horse Hines looked raptly at the cold strange face.†   (source)
  • Then Be looks at Vernon again in that posture of rapt alertness.†   (source)
  • All is rapt, all is nocturnal, and the parrots go screaming through the branches.†   (source)
  • Below, benched in rapt servility, they waited for his first husky word.†   (source)
  • He was completely absorbed in himself, and for about ten minutes so happily lost and rapt in pleasant dreams that I paid more attention to him than to the music.†   (source)
  • …think 'This print was his save for this obliterating rake, that even despite the rake it is still there and hers beside it in that slow and mutual rhythm wherein the heart, the mind, does not need to watch the docile (ay, the willing) feet; would think 'What suspiration of the twinning souls have the murmurous myriad ears of this secluded vine or shrub listened to? what vow, what promise, what rapt biding fire has the lilac rain of this wistaria, this heavy rose's dissolution, crowned?†   (source)
  • When we came home and she took off her breeches and sat in her out-of-doors shirt with bare legs, she might take up a piece of costume jewelry to fix the clasp and sit like a girl of ten, in a rapt way, her neck bent and knees up, her fingers kind of clumsy.†   (source)
  • "It's where my family live"; and even then, rapt in the vision, I felt, momentarily, an ominous chill at the words he used—not, "that is my house," but "it's where my family live."†   (source)
  • They never tired: the child with rapt, wide, half dread and half delight, and the old woman with musing and savage sorrow and pride.†   (source)
  • But the lad had lived among the soldiers when they were there and he had listened to their tales of war and plunder and battle, and he listened rapt to it all, saying nothing.†   (source)
  • And then his father came up beside him where he stood before a tattered last year's circus poster on the other side of the store, gazing rapt and quiet at the scarlet horses, the incredible poisings and convolutions of tulle and tights and the painted leer of comedians, and said, "It's time to eat."†   (source)
  • After taking off her closefitting jacket she sat down and started studying the bill of fare with a sort of rapt attention.†   (source)
  • LAURA [raptly]: So-beautifully!†   (source)
  • The canvas or sacking screens of their perches moved heavily in a breath of wind, like banners in a chapel, and the rapt nobility of the air kept their knight's vigil in knightly patience.†   (source)
  • The twenty-fourth of March was known as the Day of Blood: the high priest drew blood from his arms, which he presented as an offering; the lesser clergy whirled in a dervish-dance, to the sound of drums, horns, flutes, and cymbals, until, rapt in ecstasy, they gashed their bodies with knives to bespatter the altar and tree with their blood; and the novices, in imitation of the god whose death and resurrection they were celebrating, castrated themselves and swooned.†   (source)
  • While the floor of her language poured over him, his head would rock massively but almost imperceptibly from side to side and his eyes would follow her every motion, at first drowsily, then raptly, until he would heave himself up, the big veins in his temples pumping and his right fist raised.†   (source)
  • He proved to a rapt audience, at bull sessions lasting till dawn, that religion bred selfishness; because, he stated, religion overemphasized the importance of the individual spirit; religion preached nothing but a single concern—the salvation of one's own soul.†   (source)
  • Standing now in the fringe of bushes he watches the engine approach and pass him, laboring, crawling, with the rapt and boylike absorption (and perhaps yearning) of his country raising.†   (source)
  • "Make believe w'at I had a nickel," another rapt voice announced, "so I'll go to Kaplan's on Evenyuh C and I'll buy a tousan' rubbuh ben's an' make a bounceh-a real high bounceh-"†   (source)
  • He was mounted on an enormous white horse that stood as rapt as its master, and he carried in his right hand, with its butt resting on the stirrup, a high, smooth jousting lance, which stood up among the tree stumps, higher and higher, till it was outlined against the velvet sky.†   (source)
  • Her voice is strong, young, tremulous and clear, rapt with its own timbre and volume, the fan still moving steadily up and down, whispering the useless air.†   (source)
  • Cash works on, half turned into the feeble light, one thigh and one pole-thin arm braced, his face sloped into the light with a rapt, dynamic immobility above his tireless elbow.†   (source)
  • And always her tone had the same rapt, insistent note, and she hung on his every word with such a feverish hungered gaze that several times a curious shudder ran through him, a chill, as if the floor for a second had opened beneath him and he were plunging down a void.†   (source)
  • She revealed the terrible and impersonal curiosity of a child about forbidden subjects and objects; that rapt and tireless and detached interest of a surgeon in the physical body and its possibilities.†   (source)
  • His rapt dreaming intensity set the face usually in an expression of almost sullen contemplation; he smiled, oftener than he laughed, inwardly, at some extravagant invention, or some recollection of the absurd, now fully appreciated for the first time.†   (source)
  • And from among them rise one or two distinct figures, birds who sang with the rapt egotism of youth by the window; broke their snails on stones, dipped their beaks in sticky, viscous matter; hard, avid, remorseless; Jinny, Susan, Rhoda.†   (source)
  • She returned his greeting elegantly, with a shade of refined hauteur, then looked out the window again, grimacing eloquently at her parents who gazed at her raptly from the platform.†   (source)
  • They stand there, motionless: the woman as though she had reached the end of a long journey and now among strange faces and surroundings waits, quiet, glacierlike, like something made of stone and painted, and the calm, rapt yet latently furious and dirty old man.†   (source)
  • But he sees at once that the man is in something like coma, as though oblivious and utterly indifferent to his whereabouts, and yet withal a quality latent and explosive, paradoxically rapt and alert at the same time.†   (source)
  • So they moiled and clotted, believing that the flames, the blood, the body that had died three years ago and had just now begun to live again, cried out for vengeance, not believing that the rapt infury of the flames and the immobility of the body were both affirmations of an attained bourne beyond the hurt and harm of man.†   (source)
  • They now had a profound and bleak gravity as they stood where crowds milled, grave, austere, detached, looking with. blank, bleak eyes at the slow throngs who, feeling, sensing without knowing, drifted before them, slowing, staring, so that they would be ringed with faces rapt and empty and immobile as the faces of cows, approaching and drifting on, to be replaced.†   (source)
  • Through it all they were silent, rapt in a kind of trance.†   (source)
  • Amid the bustle of operations he began to picture the rapt quietude of the laboratory.†   (source)
  • "You little Indian devil!" exclaimed the rustler, in a rapt admiration.†   (source)
  • Again the strange, rapt glow suffused her body.†   (source)
  • Paul was talking with the rapt eagerness of a man who is telling his troubles.†   (source)
  • One moment Tom gazed, rapt, thrilling, then his blood gushed hot.†   (source)
  • [Their rapt attention to his eloquence makes him nervous] Perhaps I don't make myself clear.†   (source)
  • While the horses walked on with the buffalo streaming down that slope Milly gazed in rapt attention.†   (source)
  • In what rapt ether sails the world, of which the weariest will never weary?†   (source)
  • After his departure Georgiana became rapt in musings.†   (source)
  • 'I saw no smoke'—Kim's voice shifted to the rapt sing-song of the wayside fortune-teller.†   (source)
  • O would that I, before that spirit-power, Ravished and rapt from life, had sunken!†   (source)
  • He became suddenly alive to the warm, throbbing contact of her bosom, to her strong arms clinging round his neck, to her closed eyes, to the rapt whiteness of her face.†   (source)
  • Shaw's aloof clarity and brilliant consistency and the gloriously intoxicated efforts of H. G. Wells to fit the key of romantic symmetry into the elusive lock of truth, alone won his rapt attention.†   (source)
  • The shining eyes of venturesome mice and rats peered out at the old man from cracks and coverts, but he went on with his work, rapt, absorbed, and noted none of these things.†   (source)
  • Mrs. Trenor fixed a rapt eye upon her.†   (source)
  • The lore which he was believed to pass his days brooding upon so that it had rapt him from the companionship of youth was only a garner of slender sentences from Aristotle's poetics and psychology and a SYNOPSIS PHILOSOPHIAE SCHOLASTICAE AD MENTEM DIVI THOMAE.†   (source)
  • Tom began—hesitatingly at first, but as he warmed to his subject his words flowed more and more easily; in a little while every sound ceased but his own voice; every eye fixed itself upon him; with parted lips and bated breath the audience hung upon his words, taking no note of time, rapt in the ghastly fascinations of the tale.†   (source)
  • Yet, after some time, he wearied of them, and would sit in his box at the Opera, either alone or with Lord Henry, listening in rapt pleasure to "Tannhaeuser," and seeing in the prelude to that great work of art a presentation of the tragedy of his own soul.†   (source)
  • Las Vegas put the bridle of his horse over his arm, and seemed to be following in a trance, with his dazed, rapt face held high.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • "Through every long and lonely hour"—Jose sang it very beautifully; Hans Castorp often played this record by itself, removing it from its familiar context, and always listened in rapt sympathy.†   (source)
  • Piute approved, for he said "damn" whenever his intelligence grasped a meaning, and the peon twisted his lips and fixed his diamond eyes upon Hare in rapt gaze.†   (source)
  • Then in the white, rapt face, in the unfathomable eyes, Venters saw Jane Withersteen in a supreme moment.†   (source)
  • Five rapt minutes Martin spent in the laboratory which was to be his—smallish but efficient, the bench exactly the right height, a proper sink with pedal taps.†   (source)
  • It has the twenty-ninth and thirtieth stories of the McGurk Building, and the roof is devoted to its animal house and to tiled walks along which (above a world of stenographers and bookkeepers and earnest gentlemen who desire to sell Better-bilt Garments to the golden dons of the Argentine) saunter rapt scientists dreaming of osmosis in Spirogyra.†   (source)
  • He seemed so rapt all in a moment and looked so curiously at us that Richard said, "Why, you appear to trouble yourself a good deal about the causes before your noble and learned brother, the other Chancellor!"†   (source)
  • This spectacle of another's suffering and sacrifice rapt my thoughts from exclusive meditation on my own.†   (source)
  • The old oak, quite transfigured, spreading out a canopy of sappy dark-green foliage, stood rapt and slightly trembling in the rays of the evening sun.†   (source)
  • " "Never!" exclaimed the young hunter, with a vehemence that destroyed the rapt attention with which the divine and his daughter were listening to the Indian.†   (source)
  • Black eyes you have left, you say, Blue eyes fail to draw you; Yet you seem more rapt to-day, Than of old we saw you.†   (source)
  • One day when he was standing at the landing-place, having crept down from the upper regions, attracted by the sound of his mother's voice, who was singing to Lord Steyne, the drawing room door opening suddenly, discovered the little spy, who but a moment before had been rapt in delight, and listening to the music.†   (source)
  • He leant his two elbows on his knees, and his chin on his hands and remained rapt in dumb meditation.†   (source)
  • I think, if we should be rapt away into all that we dream of heaven, and should converse with Gabriel[473] and Uriel,[474] the upper sky would be all that would remain of our furniture.†   (source)
  • Ishmael struck the breach of his rifle violently on the earth, and shouted in a voice that might easily have been heard by Ellen, had not her attention still continued rapt on the object which so unaccountably attracted her eyes in the distance.†   (source)
  • Of this scene, so chillingly in accordance with the past, Duncan stood for many minutes a rapt observer.†   (source)
  • Sometimes, in a summer morning, having taken my accustomed bath, I sat in my sunny doorway from sunrise till noon, rapt in a revery, amidst the pines and hickories and sumachs, in undisturbed solitude and stillness, while the birds sing around or flitted noiseless through the house, until by the sun falling in at my west window, or the noise of some traveller's wagon on the distant highway, I was reminded of the lapse of time.†   (source)
  • The sun was setting now; and the red light in the evening sky touched every face there, and caused it to be distinctly seen in all its rapt suspense.†   (source)
  • That office consists in mincing the horse-pieces of blubber for the pots; an operation which is conducted at a curious wooden horse, planted endwise against the bulwarks, and with a capacious tub beneath it, into which the minced pieces drop, fast as the sheets from a rapt orator's desk.†   (source)
  • He squatted in a corner of the clanging waiting-room, rapt from all other thoughts; hands folded in lap, and pupils contracted to pin-points.†   (source)
  • Kissing her cheek, he murmured, — 'I am going to her; and you, darling child, shall come to us!' and never stirred or spoke again; but continued that rapt, radiant gaze, till his pulse imperceptibly stopped and his soul departed.†   (source)
  • In open-mouthed wonder the lama turned to this and that, and finally checked in rapt attention before a large alto-relief representing a coronation or apotheosis of the Lord Buddha.†   (source)
  • On this the dream withdrew into the night, and left the man to envision, rapt, all that was not to be, thinking that day to conquer Priam's town.†   (source)
  • A very short visit to Mrs. Allen, in which Henry talked at random, without sense or connection, and Catherine, rapt in the contemplation of her own unutterable happiness, scarcely opened her lips, dismissed them to the ecstasies of another tete-a-tete; and before it was suffered to close, she was enabled to judge how far he was sanctioned by parental authority in his present application.†   (source)
  • so now I marvel at you, my lady: rapt, enthralled,†   (source)
  • Dougal's two teenaged daughters were listening raptly, mouths slightly agape.†   (source)
  • …world.
    That was the song the famous harper sang
    but Odysseus, clutching his flaring sea-blue cape
    in both powerful hands, drew it over his head
    and buried his handsome face,
    ashamed his hosts might see him shedding tears.
    Whenever the rapt bard would pause in the song,
    he'd lift the cape from his head, wipe off his tears
    and hoisting his double-handled cup, pour it out to the gods.
    But soon as the bard would start again, impelled to sing
    by Phaeacia's lords, who reveled in…†   (source)
  • Tonight, though, it was my turn, and I held Jenny and Ian rapt as I told them about Mrs. MacNab and the Redcoats.†   (source)
  • I was rapt myself, but by my own thoughts, which were tumbling about, forming patterns under the influence of wine, music, and fairy legends.†   (source)
  • Just as I stood there gazing, rapt, for hours ….
    no shaft like that had ever risen up from the earth—
    so now I marvel at you, my lady: rapt, enthralled,
    too struck with awe to grasp you by the knees
    though pain has ground me down.
    Only yesterday,
    the twentieth day, did I escape the wine-dark sea.
    Till then the waves and the rushing gales had swept me on
    from the island of Ogygia.†   (source)
  • With my life hanging in the balance, and my future entirely dependent on the eloquence of this skinny little man, I should have hung rapt on his every word.†   (source)
  • Others in the lull had stories to tell, and Gwyllyn rested on his stool to sip wine as one gave place to another by the fireside, telling stories that held the hall rapt.†   (source)
  • His glance flickered back and down, then back to the soldier, so fast that the soldier would assume him to have been listening with rapt attention all the time.†   (source)
  • 20 O my rapt verse, my call, mock me not!†   (source)
  • O I mourn and yet exult, I am rapt with love for all, Pioneers!†   (source)
  • All great ideas, the races' aspirations, All heroisms, deeds of rapt enthusiasts, Be ye my Gods.†   (source)
  • Exalte, rapt, ecstatic, The visible but their womb of birth, Of orbic tendencies to shape and shape and shape, The mighty earth-eidolon.†   (source)
  • And the charm of the carol rapt me, As I held as if by their hands my comrades in the night, And the voice of my spirit tallied the song of the bird.†   (source)
  • Libertad and the divine average, freedom to every slave on the face of the earth, The rapt promises and lumine of seers, the spiritual world, these centuries-lasting songs, And our visions, the visions of poets, the most solid announcements of any.†   (source)
  • 2 Consolator most mild, the promis'd one advancing, With gentle hand extended, the mightier God am I, Foretold by prophets and poets in their most rapt prophecies and poems, From this side, lo! the Lord Christ gazes—lo!†   (source)
  • The Originatress comes, The nest of languages, the bequeather of poems, the race of eld, Florid with blood, pensive, rapt with musings, hot with passion, Sultry with perfume, with ample and flowing garments, With sunburnt visage, with intense soul and glittering eyes, The race of Brahma comes.†   (source)
  • Nor do I forget you Departed, Nor in winter or summer my lost ones, But most in the open air as now when my soul is rapt and at peace, like pleasing phantoms, Your memories rising glide silently by me.†   (source)
  • 6 Then I woke softly, And pausing, questioning awhile the music of my dream, And questioning all those reminiscences, the tempest in its fury, And all the songs of sopranos and tenors, And those rapt oriental dances of religious fervor, And the sweet varied instruments, and the diapason of organs, And all the artless plaints of love and grief and death, I said to my silent curious soul out of the bed of the slumber-chamber, Come, for I have found the clew I sought so long, Let us go…†   (source)
  • The perfect singing voice—deepest of all to me the lesson—trial and test of all:) How through those strains distill'd—how the rapt ears, the soul of me, absorbing Fernando's heart, Manrico's passionate call, Ernani's, sweet Gennaro's, I fold thenceforth, or seek to fold, within my chants transmuting, Freedom's and Love's and Faith's unloos'd cantabile, (As perfume's, color's, sunlight's correlation:) From these, for these, with these, a hurried line, dead tenor, A wafted autumn leaf,…†   (source)
  • …honoring the gods, saluting the sun, Making a fetich of the first rock or stump, powowing with sticks in the circle of obis, Helping the llama or brahmin as he trims the lamps of the idols, Dancing yet through the streets in a phallic procession, rapt and austere in the woods a gymnosophist, Drinking mead from the skull-cap, to Shastas and Vedas admirant, minding the Koran, Walking the teokallis, spotted with gore from the stone and knife, beating the serpent-skin drum, Accepting the…†   (source)
  • …new, I hear the sound of the Hebrew lyre, I see the crusaders marching bearing the cross on high, to the martial clang of cymbals, I hear dervishes monotonously chanting, interspers'd with frantic shouts, as they spin around turning always towards Mecca, I see the rapt religious dances of the Persians and the Arabs, Again, at Eleusis, home of Ceres, I see the modern Greeks dancing, I hear them clapping their hands as they bend their bodies, I hear the metrical shuffling of their feet.†   (source)
  • …or carrying my knapsack and gun, or a miner in California, Or rude in my home in Dakota's woods, my diet meat, my drink from the spring, Or withdrawn to muse and meditate in some deep recess, Far from the clank of crowds intervals passing rapt and happy, Aware of the fresh free giver the flowing Missouri, aware of mighty Niagara, Aware of the buffalo herds grazing the plains, the hirsute and strong-breasted bull, Of earth, rocks, Fifth-month flowers experienced, stars, rain, snow,…†   (source)
  • Among these the ladies choose their gallants: but the vexation is, that they act with too much ease and security; for the husband is always so rapt in speculation, that the mistress and lover may proceed to the greatest familiarities before his face, if he be but provided with paper and implements, and without his flapper at his side.†   (source)
  • —he, whom next thyself, Of all the world I lov'd, and to him put The manage of my state; as at that time Through all the signories it was the first, And Prospero the prime duke, being so reputed In dignity, and for the liberal arts, Without a parallel: those being all my study, The government I cast upon my brother, And to my state grew stranger, being transported And rapt in secret studies.†   (source)
  • LADY P: There was but one sole man in all the world, With whom I e'er could sympathise; and he Would lie you, often, three, four hours together To hear me speak; and be sometimes so rapt, As he would answer me quite from the purpose, Like you, and you are like him, just.†   (source)
  • Each stair mysteriously was meant, nor stood There always, but drawn up to Heaven sometimes Viewless; and underneath a bright sea flowed Of jasper, or of liquid pearl, whereon Who after came from earth, failing arrived Wafted by Angels, or flew o'er the lake Rapt in a chariot drawn by fiery steeds.†   (source)
  • Look, how our partner's rapt.†   (source)
  • Whiles I stood rapt in the wonder of it, came missives from the king, who all-hailed me, 'Thane of Cawdor'; by which title, before, these weird sisters saluted me, and referred me to the coming on of time, with 'Hail, king that shalt be!'†   (source)
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