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earnest
used in Atlas Shrugged

39 uses
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Definition
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
  • His face had the quiet, earnest look of a man staring at a question.
    1.4 Part 1 Chapter 4 — The Immovable Movers (19% in)
  • He said slowly, very earnestly, "Dagny, you're wonderful.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (33% in)
  • He was looking straight at her, he was not smiling, his face was earnest.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (83% in)
  • Again, she saw the look of earnestness and again knew with certainty that it was genuine, when he said, "Yes.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (83% in)
  • His lips held the hint of a smile, but his eyes were still, earnest and, for an instant, disturbingly perceptive.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (99% in)
  • "But which concepts are not ugly or mean, Professor?" asked an earnest matron whose husband owned an automobile factory.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (16% in)
  • "We were just discussing a most interesting subject," said the earnest matron.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (43% in)
  • "Just what did Hugh Akston teach?" asked the earnest matron.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (44% in)
  • He had followed them and he stood looking at them with the insolence of exaggerated earnestness.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (79% in)
  • When he turned to her, he said earnestly, "Dagny, I wouldn't, if I were you.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (71% in)
  • Her voice sounded earnest, but, dangerously, a bit too earnest.
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (45% in)
  • Her voice sounded earnest, but, dangerously, a bit too earnest.
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (45% in)
  • You're worn out, Mr. Taggart," she said earnestly.
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (16% in)
  • She considered it earnestly.
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (17% in)
  • She glanced up at him once more, as if it were perhaps for the last time, then said earnestly, her voice low, "Mr.
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (37% in)
  • She answered, her voice earnest, "Desperately."
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (62% in)
  • "Dagny," he asked suddenly; his tone had changed, there was some hidden, earnest note in his voice, "why didn't you want to see me in public?"
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (65% in)
  • The man weighed the problem earnestly for some moments.
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (84% in)
  • She saw the stillness of his face, the sudden earnestness of the eyes, a strange earnestness that seemed eager and almost pleading, then she heard his voice come gravely, as if from under the pressure of some emotion that made it sound simple and humble: "What is your problem, Miss Taggart?"
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (41% in)
  • She saw the stillness of his face, the sudden earnestness of the eyes, a strange earnestness that seemed eager and almost pleading, then she heard his voice come gravely, as if from under the pressure of some emotion that made it sound simple and humble: "What is your problem, Miss Taggart?"
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (41% in)
  • "I don't think I'm afraid," she said, looking intently straight before her, the radiance of her smile melting the earnestness of her glance.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (31% in)
  • His face suddenly earnest, Francisco answered gravely, almost solemnly, "Yes-what I think is going to be my best and greatest."
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (86% in)
  • He talked earnestly, but in a casual manner, as if they both understood that this was not the main subject of their interview; yet, oddly, he spoke not in the tone of a foreword, but in the tone of a postscript, as if the main subject had been settled long ago.
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (25% in)
  • Boyle did not catch the tone of mockery, and answered earnestly, "It destroys the blight of monopoly.
    2.6 Part 2 Chapter 6 — Miracle Metal (36% in)
  • "Now why do you want to do that?" asked Rearden, smiling, but his smile vanished when he heard the boy answer earnestly: "Because I want, for once, to do something moral."
    2.6 Part 2 Chapter 6 — Miracle Metal (68% in)
  • He was reciting it in full earnestness, with the honesty of a conscientious student: "I know that everything is relative and that nobody can know anything and that reason is an illusion and that there isn't any reality.
    2.6 Part 2 Chapter 6 — Miracle Metal (69% in)
  • He glanced straight at her, his eyes drawn narrow by such an intensity of earnestness that the glance was almost a threat, and she knew that whatever the years had meant to him, "amusement" was the one word she had no right to utter.
    2.8 Part 2 Chapter 8 — By Our Love (32% in)
  • He looked as if all masks were down, he looked direct, tightly disciplined, intent upon a purpose, he looked like a man able to know the earnestness of action, as she had once expected him to look-he had never seemed so attractive as he did in this moment-and she noted, in astonishment, her sudden feeling that he was not a man who had deserted her, but a man whom she had deserted.
    2.9 Part 2 Chapter 9 — The Face Without Pain or Fear or Guilt (7% in)
  • His voice seemed earnest, but the glint of the metal-green eyes was a smile: "Actually-no. Temporarily-yes.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (4% in)
  • "Dagny," he said earnestly, pointing at his tank, "one gallon of it is worth more than a trainful back there in hell-because this is mine, all of it, every single drop of it, to be spent on nothing but myself."
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (38% in)
  • They were sitting together on the floor, bending over the sheets of paper he spread before her, studying the intricate sections of the smelter-with the same joyous earnestness they had once brought to the study of scraps in a junk yard.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (31% in)
  • He smiled, then his face slipped slowly into earnestness, as under the tide of some unspoken contemplation of his own.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (48% in)
  • She watched the prairies, the rivers, the towns slipping past at an untouchable distance below-and she noted that the sense of detachment one feels when looking at the earth from a plane was the same sense she felt when looking at people: only her distance from people seemed longer, The passengers were listening to some radio broadcast, which appeared to be important, judging by their earnest attentiveness.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (37% in)
  • As she handed him. a tip, he said quietly, with too earnest, too solemn an emphasis for a mere acknowledgment of the corns, "Thank you, ma'am," She turned swiftly and hurried into the building, not to let him see the emotion which was suddenly more than she could bear.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (82% in)
  • When she faced him at the table, when she saw the earnest, questioning directness of his eyes and the severely literal simplicity of his words, she dropped all attempts at casual prodding, she told him what she wanted to know and why, briefly, impersonally, not appealing for help or for pity, only for truth.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (37% in)
  • She answered, the unsmiling earnestness of her voice like a hand extended in support, knowing that a smile would upset some precarious balance, "But it does make up for it, and I do want to hear it."
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (54% in)
  • His features dropped into sudden earnestness.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (71% in)
  • But he saw the desperate earnestness of the boy's face and stopped, his smile vanishing.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (47% in)
  • Francisco drew himself up a little, as if for a solemn task, his face earnest, the smile remaining only in his eyes.
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (99% in)

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