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- As a folksinger, she was Hester Eastman—an earnest nobody, a flop.p. 519.9
- Indeed, it was the year the war began in earnest; at least, it was the year when the average unobservant American began to notice that we had a problem in Vietnam.p. 468.1
There are no more uses of "earnest" in A Prayer for Owen Meany.
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