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earnest
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
  • "Indeed, I believe that," said Dorothea, earnestly.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (63% in)
  • He came much oftener than Mr. Casaubon, and Dorothea ceased to find him disagreeable since he showed himself so entirely in earnest; for he had already entered with much practical ability into Lovegood's estimates, and was charmingly docile.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (24% in)
  • "She is a good creature—that fine girl—but a little too earnest," he thought.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (76% in)
  • Mr. Casaubon, seeing Dorothea look earnestly towards him, could not but ask her if she would be interested in such visits: he was now at her service during the whole day; and it was agreed that Will should come on the morrow and drive with them.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (88% in)
  • "Oh, stay till Mr. Casaubon comes," said Dorothea, earnestly.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (97% in)
  • "Then it is really true?" said Mrs. Bulstrode, looking very earnestly at her niece.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (75% in)
  • "Oh, more than that!" said Rosamond, earnestly.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (28% in)
  • "How can you think of that?" said Dorothea, in a tone of earnest remonstrance.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (40% in)
  • She did not answer at once, but after looking down ruminatingly she said, with some earnestness, "Mr.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (41% in)
  • "Indeed, no!" said Dorothea, earnestly.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (50% in)
  • "Exactly," said Sir James, with earnestness.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (53% in)
  • "No, he couldn't," said Lydgate, going on too earnestly to take much notice of her answer.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (27% in)
  • "Thank you, Mr. Farebrother," said Mary, earnestly.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (84% in)
  • That silent colloquy was perhaps only the more earnest because underneath and through it all there was always the deep longing which had really determined her to come to Lowick.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (4% in)
  • To have a reason for going home the next day was a relief, for Mary earnestly desired to be always clear that she loved Fred best.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (43% in)
  • Still it was on the whole more satisfactory to his feeling to take the directest means of seeing Dorothea, than to use any device which might give an air of chance to a meeting of which he wished her to understand that it was what he earnestly sought.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (90% in)
  • She only said earnestly, recurring to his last word— "I am sure no safeguard was ever needed against you."
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (96% in)
  • "Oh yes," said Lydgate, falling backward in his chair, with ill-repressed impatience under the banker's pale earnest eyes and intense preoccupation with himself.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (46% in)
  • It seemed to him a sort of earnest that Providence intended his rescue from worse consequences; the way being thus left open for the hope of secrecy.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (63% in)
  • Mr. Farebrother was silent for a moment, and then said earnestly, "My dear fellow, let me ask you one question.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (81% in)
  • "Tell me, pray," said Dorothea, with simple earnestness; "then we can consult together.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (31% in)
  • The childlike grave-eyed earnestness with which Dorothea said all this was irresistible—blent into an adorable whole with her ready understanding of high experience.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (34% in)
  • Her immediate consciousness was one of immense sympathy without cheek; she cared for Rosamond without struggle now, and responded earnestly to her last words— "No, he cannot reproach you any more."
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (68% in)
  • She put out her hand to Rosamond, and they said an earnest, quiet good-by without kiss or other show of effusion: there had been between them too much serious emotion for them to use the signs of it superficially.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (69% in)
  • Dorothea set earnestly to work, bending close to her map, and uttering the names in an audible, subdued tone, which often got into a chime.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (76% in)

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