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industrious
used in Middlemarch

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characterized by a habit of hard work
  • He had gathered, as an industrious man always at his post, a chief share in administering the town charities, and his private charities were both minute and abundant.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (31% in)
  • Is it due to excess of poetry or of stupidity that we are never weary of describing what King James called a woman's "makdom and her fairnesse," never weary of listening to the twanging of the old Troubadour strings, and are comparatively uninterested in that other kind of "makdom and fairnesse" which must be wooed with industrious thought and patient renunciation of small desires?
    Book 2 — Old and Young (21% in)
  • For Rosamond, though she would never do anything that was disagreeable to her, was industrious; and now more than ever she was active in sketching her landscapes and market-carts and portraits of friends, in practising her music, and in being from morning till night her own standard of a perfect lady, having always an audience in her own consciousness, with sometimes the not unwelcome addition of a more variable external audience in the numerous visitors of the house.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (43% in)
  • They found Naumann painting industriously, but no model was present; his pictures were advantageously arranged, and his own plain vivacious person set off by a dove-colored blouse and a maroon velvet cap, so that everything was as fortunate as if he had expected the beautiful young English lady exactly at that time.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (89% in)
  • As for Rosamond, she was in the water-lily's expanding wonderment at its own fuller life, and she too was spinning industriously at the mutual web.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (23% in)
  • And it would be as pretty a turn of things as could be that he should hold the place in a good industrious way after all—by his taking to business.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (56% in)

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