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ardent
used in Middlemarch

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showing or feeling intense emotion — typically strong positive feelings such as enthusiasm or love
  • "I should be all the happier, uncle, the more room there was for me to help him," said Dorothea, ardently.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (31% in)
  • With dim lights and tangled circumstance they tried to shape their thought and deed in noble agreement; but after all, to common eyes their struggles seemed mere inconsistency and formlessness; for these later-born Theresas were helped by no coherent social faith and order which could perform the function of knowledge for the ardently willing soul.
    Prelude (63% in)
  • She was open, ardent, and not in the least self-admiring; indeed, it was pretty to see how her imagination adorned her sister Celia with attractions altogether superior to her own, and if any gentleman appeared to come to the Grange from some other motive than that of seeing Mr. Brooke, she concluded that he must be in love with Celia: Sir James Chettam, for example, whom she constantly considered from Celia's point of view, inwardly debating whether it would be good for Celia to...
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (3% in)
  • Signs are small measurable things, but interpretations are illimitable, and in girls of sweet, ardent nature, every sign is apt to conjure up wonder, hope, belief, vast as a sky, and colored by a diffused thimbleful of matter in the shape of knowledge.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (16% in)
  • The intensity of her religious disposition, the coercion it exercised over her life, was but one aspect of a nature altogether ardent, theoretic, and intellectually consequent: and with such a nature struggling in the bands of a narrow teaching, hemmed in by a social life which seemed nothing but a labyrinth of petty courses, a walled-in maze of small paths that led no whither, the outcome was sure to strike others as at once exaggeration and inconsistency.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (19% in)
  • The great charm of your sex is its capability of an ardent self-sacrificing affection, and herein we see its fitness to round and complete the existence of our own.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (38% in)
  • Nevertheless, he observed with pleasure that Miss Brooke showed an ardent submissive affection which promised to fulfil his most agreeable previsions of marriage.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (49% in)
  • But something she yearned for by which her life might be filled with action at once rational and ardent; and since the time was gone by for guiding visions and spiritual directors, since prayer heightened yearning but not instruction, what lamp was there but knowledge?
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (70% in)
  • He was an ardent fellow, but at present his ardor was absorbed in love of his work and in the ambition of making his life recognized as a factor in the better life of mankind—like other heroes of science who had nothing but an obscure country practice to begin with.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (42% in)
  • ...broken revelations of that Imperial and Papal city thrust abruptly on the notions of a girl who had been brought up in English and Swiss Puritanism, fed on meagre Protestant histories and on art chiefly of the hand-screen sort; a girl whose ardent nature turned all her small allowance of knowledge into principles, fusing her actions into their mould, and whose quick emotions gave the most abstract things the quality of a pleasure or a pain; a girl who had lately become a wife, and from...
    Book 2 — Old and Young (69% in)
  • There is hardly any contact more depressing to a young ardent creature than that of a mind in which years full of knowledge seem to have issued in a blank absence of interest or sympathy.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (73% in)
  • Will burst in here and there with ardent words of praise, marking out particular merits in his friend's work; and Dorothea felt that she was getting quite new notions as to the significance of Madonnas seated under inexplicable canopied thrones with the simple country as a background, and of saints with architectural models in their hands, or knives accidentally wedged in their skulls.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (89% in)
  • He was rather impatient under that open ardent good-will, reach he saw was her usual state of feeling.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (93% in)
  • If it were as you say, what could be sadder than so much ardent labor all in vain?
    Book 2 — Old and Young (97% in)
  • His words were quite abrupt and awkward; but the tone made them sound like an ardent, appealing avowal.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (80% in)
  • "Why should we defer it?" he said, with ardent insistence.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (27% in)
  • Dorothea had little vanity, but she had the ardent woman's need to rule beneficently by making the joy of another soul.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (37% in)
  • Young ladies are a little ardent, you know—a little one-sided, my dear.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (63% in)
  • "God bless you for telling me!" said Will, ardently, and rather wondering at himself.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (66% in)
  • ...against Will Ladislaw's existence, his defiant stay in the neighborhood of Lowick, and his flippant state of mind with regard to the possessors of authentic, well-stamped erudition: against Dorothea's nature, always taking on some new shape of ardent activity, and even in submission and silence covering fervid reasons which it was an irritation to think of: against certain notions and likings which had taken possession of her mind in relation to subjects that he could not possibly...
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (90% in)
  • What he was jealous of was her opinion, the sway that might be given to her ardent mind in its judgments, and the future possibilities to which these might lead her.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (91% in)
  • —and he studied the political situation with as ardent an interest as he had ever given to poetic metres or mediaevalism.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (30% in)
  • Every leaf was at rest in the sunshine, the familiar scene was changeless, and seemed to represent the prospect of her life, full of motiveless ease—motiveless, if her own energy could not seek out reasons for ardent action.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (6% in)
  • "And that will make it all the more honorable," said Dorothea, ardently.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (7% in)
  • Ardent souls, ready to construct their coming lives, are apt to commit themselves to the fulfilment of their own visions.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (12% in)
  • Which would turn out to have the more foresight in it—her rationality or Caleb's ardent generosity?
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (30% in)
  • Then in her ardent way, wanting to plead with him, she moved from her chair and went in front of him to her old place in the window, saying, "Do you suppose that I ever disbelieved in you?"
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (95% in)
  • He was not an ill-tempered man; his intellectual activity, the ardent kindness of his heart, as well as his strong frame, would always, under tolerably easy conditions, have kept him above the petty uncontrolled susceptibilities which make bad temper.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (9% in)
  • She disliked this cautious weighing of consequences, instead of an ardent faith in efforts of justice and mercy, which would conquer by their emotional force.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (1% in)
  • On the whole, one might say that an ardent charity was at work setting the virtuous mind to make a neighbor unhappy for her good.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (9% in)
  • The presence of a noble nature, generous in its wishes, ardent in its charity, changes the lights for us: we begin to see things again in their larger, quieter masses, and to believe that we too can be seen and judged in the wholeness of our character.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (31% in)
  • Dorothea's nature was of that kind: her own passionate faults lay along the easily counted open channels of her ardent character; and while she was full of pity for the visible mistakes of others, she had not yet any material within her experience for subtle constructions and suspicions of hidden wrong.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (41% in)
  • And she would carry out the purpose with which she had started in the morning, of going to Freshitt and Tipton to tell Sir James and her uncle all that she wished them to know about Lydgate, whose married loneliness under his trial now presented itself to her with new significance, and made her more ardent in readiness to be his champion.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (46% in)
  • For the fragment of a life, however typical, is not the sample of an even web: promises may not be kept, and an ardent outset may be followed by declension; latent powers may find their long-waited opportunity; a past error may urge a grand retrieval.
    Finale (2% in)
  • Will became an ardent public man, working well in those times when reforms were begun with a young hopefulness of immediate good which has been much checked in our days, and getting at last returned to Parliament by a constituency who paid his expenses.
    Finale (61% in)
  • A new Theresa will hardly have the opportunity of reforming a conventual life, any more than a new Antigone will spend her heroic piety in daring all for the sake of a brother's burial: the medium in which their ardent deeds took shape is forever gone.
    Finale (95% in)

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