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used in Howards End

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characterized by sincere belief


intensely or excessively serious
  • The earnest girl brought forward a scheme of "personal supervision and mutual help," the effect of which was to alter poor people until they became exactly like people who were not so poor.
    Chapter 15 (28% in)
earnest = excessively serious
  • The more earnest members of his family never forgave him, and knew that his children, though scarcely English of the dreadful sort, would never be German to the back-bone.
    Chapter 4 (73% in)
  • Few women had tried more earnestly to pierce the accretions in which body and soul are enwrapped.
    Chapter 12 (21% in)
  • "But that would be pauperising them," said an earnest girl, who liked the Schlegels, but thought them a little unspiritual at times.
    Chapter 15 (15% in)
  • She leant back while the more earnest members of the club began to misconstrue her.
    Chapter 15 (21% in)
  • Helen and Margaret walked with the earnest girl as far as Battersea Bridge Station, arguing copiously all the way.
    Chapter 15 (32% in)
  • The earnest girl's train rumbled away over the bridge, "I say, Helen—"
    Chapter 15 (36% in)
  • But Margaret was thinking how difficult it was to be earnest about furniture on such a day, and the niece was thinking about hats.
    Chapter 33 (37% in)

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