Phrases with "anxious"

Andrew Lang If you are anxious that they should be published, send them to an editor yourself. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

Sir Walter Scott My brother Fergus is anxious that you should join him in his present enterprise. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Nor was he surprised that she should be anxious to hasten his marriage. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

George Gissing Sidney supplied the explanation, but without remarking on the circumstances which made Jane so anxious to discover a possible friend. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Save for one unsatisfactory day she had not been in New York for almost five months, and as the rumors multiplied he became increasingly anxious to see her. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Anthony Trollope But her face was no tell-tale; her gait and demeanour were as dignified as though she had no anxious love within her heart no one grand desire, to disturb the even current of her blood. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells The stress of perpetual worry was upon them, of dwindling funds and the anxious search for work that would not come. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

I am anxious to see that young man nearer. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

When we had ridden on, Lombard observed that he thought that they were anxious to make themselves out to be greater novices and greenhorns than they really were. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

I’m anxious about Sir Archie. He ought to leave London.” “Confound him! He’s going to, as soon as he gets out of hospital, which will probably be this afternoon. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Theodore Dreiser We have a number of witnesses here, and we are all anxious to have them heard. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Still my mind was so excited and anxious that, after remaining one day here to enjoy Grant’s society, I pushed ahead again, taking Bombay with me, and had breakfast at Mchimeka’s. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

I don’t suppose Lavinia Fitch was ever out on the tiles?’ Grant thought of kind, anxious little Miss Fitch, with the bristling pencils in her mop of hair, and smiled. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

James Joyce Mr. Doran was very anxious indeed this Sunday morning. Dubliners by James Joyce

E. F. Benson But if his headaches have ceased, I suppose one need not be anxious any more. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Edith Wharton She has seemed nervous, out of spirits — I have fancied that she might be anxious about your excellency. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Walter Scott I say I have kept the secret of my faith, when I set so light by its symbol?” He paced the floor in anxious agitation. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

George Meredith She was very anxious for her father’s reply; and it was late in coming. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Walter Scott His uncle only said, ‘Gentlemen, I know you are as anxious on Mr. Darsie Latimer’s account as he is upon yours. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

He seemed rather anxious about the case, and just a little puzzled by the symptoms. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Of course, he didn’t tell me so, but for some reason he was particularly anxious I should go to see The Jest of Life at the Haymarket on Saturday night and not be here. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Monsieur Emile, anxious to make himself useful, was requested by Mariette to go to Flore’s domicile and ring her up. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

George Eliot Many days passed in anxious inaction. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Thomas Hardy He thinks a great deal of you, Mr. Smith, or he wouldn’t be so anxious for your return. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

He laughed and joked quite a lot with the girls, and was as pleasant and confidential as ever to his chauffeur; indeed, towards the latter it seemed almost as if he were unusually anxious to be nice. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

John Galsworthy As I was saying, your grandfather was extremely anxious because those houses meant turning the corner of all his difficulties. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Olaf Stapledon The Negro was equally anxious to make amends for his past obsequiousness and for his recent brutality. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Anna Katherine Green He was anxious to get back; anxious to face his enemies if he had any; anxious to see Deborah and explain. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

That is what we have been anxious about, and not simply humanity. An Unpleasant Predicament by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1861]

Anthony Trollope Cicero himself was so anxious for his future fame that he led the way in preparing them for the press. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

George Gissing Another thing there was which caused her anxious debate—a project which had been in her mind for nearly a year. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Ann Radcliffe When madame ceased to speak, a pause of profound silence ensued, and she sat in anxious expectation. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

George Gissing I am often deeply anxious about the poor girl. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

George Gissing He had awoke with an anxious feeling; it seemed to him that he heard Alma’s voice, on the borderland of dream, calling his name. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Wilkie Collins I was, however, either too anxious or too tired to sleep. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Why was someone so anxious to get possession of it? Because it incriminated him. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Charles Dudley Warner I feel something as I suppose you did when your picture met with success, — anxious to do something better, and at a loss what to do. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Mrs. Edmonstone seemed not to know what to say; she had much rather that it had not been proposed; yet it was very kind of Guy, and Charles was so anxious about it that she knew not how to oppose him. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Anthony Trollope She was very anxious to be true to her lover; but she did not like living without some lover to whom she might be true. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Elizabeth Gaskell Moreover, she was anxious about the impression which her second work would produce on the public mind. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

George Gissing To tell you the truth, I’ve been feeling anxious to hear more in detail from you about this Hollingford enterprise. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

The retiring hour of the two ladies had long passed, but they did not like to leave Mrs. Grape to her uncertainty: she was growing more anxious with every minute. The Story of Dorothy Grape by Ellen Wood [1881]

She had been growing tired of Thornleigh for some time when the winter began; and she looked so pale and ill, that my father got anxious about her. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

Wilkie Collins Being anxious for the honour of the family, it distressed me to see my young lady forget herself — even with a police-officer — and I made the best excuse I could, accordingly. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Anthony Trollope She was small, eager, and quick, and appeared quite as anxious to talk as her brother had been to hold his tongue. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing He wished to punish her; he thought she would be anxious about him, and so come to adopt a different demeanour when he returned. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Anthony Trollope De Lescure was daily getting weaker; but still the weaker he got the less he suffered, and the more capable he became of assuming his accustomed benevolent demeanour and anxious care for others. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Anatole France But what no one has told us is that the reason why she was so anxious to reach this apartment was that the Chevalier de la Merlus was awaiting her there. The Seven Wives of Bluebeard by Anatole France [1920]

The latter, after hesitating like somebody who has lost his way, went brusquely into the passage, while Peyrol, avoiding Catherine's anxious stare, made for the back-yard. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

He clears off and is not particularly anxious to be found. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Benjamin Disraeli His presence, always pleasing, was a relief to an anxious family, and who were beginning to get alarmed. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Nellie Bly I was very anxious to see the execution ground, so we were carried there. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

D. H. Lawrence Feeling his way forward, with the tips of his fingers, travelling rapidly, like a blind man, anxious lest Ursula should come upstairs, he found another door. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope When he got to Drumsna, the McKeons were only just rising from breakfast, but Father John saw, on entering the room, from their grave and anxious faces, that they had all heard the news. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Nellie Bly I went ashore with the determination not to buy anything as I was very anxious not to increase my baggage. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Wilkie Collins But I saw one of his feet, softly, quietly, incessantly beating on the carpet under the table, and I felt that he was secretly as anxious as ever. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

D. H. Lawrence But even then, anxious she cannot be. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

James Joyce I am a worker, a tombstone mason, anxious to pleace avery-buries and jully glad when Christmas comes his once ayear. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

From the very first the two maids, Jeanne and Lucille, had been most kind to her and anxious to do anything they could for her. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Ann Radcliffe For a considerable time she sat in a state of anxious expectation not to be described. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

It was, at any rate, notoriously impossible to starve in London, so there was nothing to be anxious about. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Theodore Dreiser He was truly sorry now — anxious to make her feel tender toward him once more. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope But still she was most anxious to break it in the spirit. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

H.P. Lovecraft It was then that he learned how anxious Mr. Aspinwall, here, was to have the estate divided, and how valiantly Mr. de Marigny and Mr. Phillips strove to keep it intact. Through the Gates of the Silver Key by H.P. Lovecraft [1934]

She only lowered her eyelids over the anxious glance she had turned on me. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They might have been refugees arrived so far and anxious to continue their journey. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

He had always given us little trouble, but in one way I was very anxious about him. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Wilkie Collins After anxious consideration, my step-father arrived at a conclusion. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Ann Radcliffe With anxious curiosity they followed him to the chamber. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Jane Austen If he had been anxious for secrecy, he would not have left the paper while I was by; but he rather pushed it towards me than towards you. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Robert Louis Stevenson It was an anxious business this inspection, and left me down-hearted. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

Rudyard Kipling Now, will you be good enough to go — if there is nothing more in my room that you are anxious to pry into? MRS. G. (Putting out her hands. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Anthony Trollope Even an American conductor, with brains all over him, and an anxious desire to accommodate, as is the case with all these men, cannot remember. North America by Anthony Trollope

Florence Dixie We followed her course with anxious eyes and beating hearts, not daring to go after her, lest it should aggravate her fears. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

John Polidori At last, no longer capable of bearing stillness and solitude, he left his house, roamed from street to street, anxious to fly that image which haunted him. The Vampyre by John Polidori

William Makepeace Thackeray The winners have the most anxious faces; or the poor shabby fellows who have got systems, and are pricking down the alternations of red and black on cards, and don’t seem to be playing at all. The Kickleburys on the Rhine by William Makepeace Thackeray [1851]

She stood in the doorway of the cottage, withdrawn into the shade, and, I fancied, anxious to escape observation. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope He feels himself to be in the wrong place, and is anxious to get out of it. North America by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling We didn’t know; we wanted to hear; and the Captains’ wives were as anxious as we. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Anthony Trollope The rebels, we were told, would certainly seize the ladies, and carry them off into Secessia. On hearing which, the ladies were of course doubly anxious to be landed. North America by Anthony Trollope

Sir Walter Scott To save this good and brave man became the instant object of his most anxious exertions. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

It was my plan always to efface myself when he came over, and never to give him the very slightest reason to believe I was quite as anxious as to the future as he was. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He left his chair and paced the room, his hands behind his back, an anxious frown upon his forehead. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

As I have tried to show you, there is nothing I would not do to prove how anxious I am to be worthy of your trust. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

In this stillness twelve o’clock struck, and the first hour of my anxious vigil was at an end. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

Wilkie Collins She looked paler and more anxious at each succeeding visit, and always had long conferences in private with my aunt. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Accordingly he had Carthew aft, explained what was to be done with anxious patience, and visited along with him the various sheets and braces. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Laura was very anxious to arrive at a right understanding of her cousin’s opinion of Guy. ‘I am sure there is much to like in him,’ she said. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Anthony Trollope How could I help it, when you have been so anxious to deposit poor papa in that horrid place?” “He was equally anxious a few years since. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Theodore Dreiser Some of them were making money, but they were, as he quickly saw, like a lot of gulls or stormy petrels, hanging on the lee of the wind, hungry and anxious to snap up any unwary fish. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Edith Wharton Vance was alarmed by his appearance; but he noticed that it did not affect Miss Spear. She continued to fix her anxious gaze upon himself. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Anthony Trollope He had thought, some four or five weeks back, that he was not personally very anxious for this match. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins Many a sad and anxious hour did I pass by my poor friend’s bedside. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Charles Stur They had however succeeded in their mission, and as I was very anxious to get them to better water, our lagoon being all but dry, I determined on moving northward on the 7th. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Anthony Trollope My belief is that there isn’t a man in London so anxious to be married as Llwddythlw.” “I am glad of that. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

George Gissing Does it strike you that she is at all like what she used to be when—when you felt so anxious about her?” He met the girl’s eyes, and saw them expand in alarm. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Arthur Conan Doyle Now, gentlemen, will you please step into my study, for there are one or two very urgent things which I am anxious to say to you. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

H. G. Wells He was very anxious to keep that, but also he wanted more. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Anthony Trollope He is always very anxious for his friend’s letters, depending on them for news and for amusement. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Robert Louis Stevenson Nearer hand, a bird out of the deep covert uttered broken and anxious notes. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope The idolator is anxious to get, but he is anxious also to spend. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He must have some pursuit; and that is more within my reach than any other: otherwise I am not very anxious for success. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

She did not mind discussing her husband’s dreadful end and was anxious to give all the help she could. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Even from a distance she appeared to be a shy, wild creature, and Heyst, anxious not to try her primitive nerves unduly, scrupulously avoided that side of the clearing in his strolls. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Elizabeth Gaskell That night Mr. Gibson insisted on passing by the bedside of a poor girl whose parents were worn-out by many wakeful anxious nights succeeding to hard working days. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Robert Louis Stevenson At length, from years of anxious toil, Bold Robin seeks his native soil; Wisely arranges his affairs, And to his native dale repairs. Moral Emblems by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope Cicero, who is anxious on his behalf, laughs at him and bids him take the good things that come in his way. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Anthony Trollope How is one to carpe diem with one’s heart full of troubles?” And it was the less possible because this man whom she had rejected was so anxious to do everything for her happiness. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne Yes, swiftly! Nicholas no longer thought of being so careful of his horse, and was as anxious to arrive at his journey’s end as Michael himself. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was an anxious moment though, for if they had taken my offer, the whole murder would have been out. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

D. H. Lawrence Elizabeth sat watching her, anxious and vexed. The Odour of Chrysanthemums by D. H. Lawrence

Panawe gave him a friendly, anxious look, and without further delay led the way down a little track, which traversed the side of the mountain and terminated in the mouth of a cave. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

In reply to her aunt’s anxious inquiry, Patience said sadly: ‘Very, very, ill. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

She doesn’t know what or why, but she’s anxious about me, and so is Beatrice.” She sighed deeply. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He suddenly felt cold, and the buoyant elation of mind in which he had started homewards vanished, leaving him anxious and heavy, perhaps just a little afraid. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

But in practice when the emergency came I seldom fired my rifle; I was too frightened of the beastly thing jamming and too anxious to reserve at any rate one round that would go off. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

I am so anxious that he should marry — and marry wisely. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

Henry James Mr. Bantling was very anxious that she should take up the subject of England again, and he thought she might get on better with it now; England had changed a good deal within two or three years. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Virginia Woolf She was extremely anxious to be informed whether the steps she had taken in the matter of getting engaged to Shelmerdine and marrying him met with its approval. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Don’t be anxious about me, sweetheart. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

D.H. Lawrence He is only an anxious villager. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Thomas Love Peacock He paused some time on the brink, measuring the practicability and the danger, and casting every now and then an anxious glance to his sleeping beauty. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

D’Artagnan and Porthos walked straight up to the episcopal palace, which was surrounded by a numerous crowd anxious to see the prelate return. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

D. H. Lawrence His mother was anxious for him. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

From the fact that Don Miguel continued to sleep as quietly as at the moment when Nikola had hypnotised him, it was neither as difficult nor as anxious as before. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

I went to let out the big polar bear, too, but on my approaching his cage he was most anxious at once to commence operations on me. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

I speired if I could do anything for her, and when she got my meaning she was terrible anxious to ken if I had seen a man—a big man, she said, wi’ a yellow beard. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

By the way he behaved, I should think some other police forces must be anxious to catch up with him. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

Anthony Trollope Harry was very anxious to commence a conversation about Lady Ongar, but he did not know how at first to introduce her name. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope When that deadlock had come, politicians who were really anxious for the country had been forced to look about for a Premier — and in the search the old Duke had been the foremost. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Kitty, however, did not in the least mind being left to her own devices, for being an extremely pretty girl she soon had plenty of young men round her anxious to be introduced. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

George Gissing They take their rationalism as they do a fashion in dress, anxious only that it shall be “good form”. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Wilkie Collins But he sees plenty of afflicted ladies, without looking worried and anxious after they leave him. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It makes one anxious to get out of doors here to see what all the noise is about. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Leon Trotsky I still remember the intonation of his voice when he said that Germany was sincerely anxious to restore friendly relations with its powerful eastern neighbor. My Life by Leon Trotsky

F. Scott Fitzgerald Benjamin, glancing in the mirror, decided that his hair needed a new application of its brown dye, but an anxious inspection of his bureau drawer disclosed that the dye bottle was not there. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

D. H. Lawrence The nurse hovered in the doorway with an anxious face. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope Not only was there no fox at Grantingham Wood, but none even at the Spinnies. And at two, Fowler, with an anxious face, held a consultation with his more anxious master. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Theodore Dreiser She was troubled at times about her various relations, anxious to put herself straight with Cowperwood or with any one whom she truly liked. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

I was most anxious to visit it. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

George Gissing Suicide it might have been, yet that was scarcely probable; he was too anxious on his daughter’s account to abandon her in this way, for certainly his death could be nothing to her profit. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Gertrude Stein A branch case is exactly so anxious and avoided and even then is it in place of blunders, is it in the piece that makes hesitation clear. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

I was most anxious to be of the number — I was even resolved, by some slight deviation, to tempt this punishment, which would have been to me the highest gratification. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Edith Wharton She was bending over him with the look she had when one of the children fell and scraped a knee, and Boyne could not help smiling up into her anxious eyes. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Theodore Dreiser Other people were anxious to get this soap at this price. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Wilkie Collins He was, in truth, too sincerely anxious and distressed to be capable of commanding his customary resources of ready-made sentiment and fluently-pious philosophy. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Robert Louis Stevenson He was even an anxious father; perhaps that is the part where optimism is hardest tested. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

He was dreadfully anxious about Jack. She went straight to her house near New Brighton, Jack with her, and a substantial sum in her pocket from the Rector to pay for Jack’s keep. Aunt Dean by Ellen Wood [1872]

As our friend Michaeloff was so anxious to prevent us getting hold of him, it’s pretty obvious the Baltic Embassy lot are quite aware what he’s been doing and how successful he’s been. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

But above all, she was anxious not to rouse suspicion. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Every one was anxious to know something of this dreadful and secret brotherhood. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

I must admit that I was getting anxious about Robinson and the state of things at the camp. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Sigmund Freud In one of de Sanctis's cases an intensively moving dream was accompanied by slight hysterical attacks, which, in their turn, were followed by an anxious melancholic state. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Anthony Trollope She could not show the reverse picture:— that she being a star was anxious to dispose of herself after the fashion of poor human rushlights. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Leon Trotsky A few weeks after the congress, Lenin was assured that I was as anxious as he to do away with the temporary factions, which no longer had any basis in principle. My Life by Leon Trotsky

I was very anxious that nothing should stop his projected mission of courier to headquarters. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Anthony Trollope Now you know it all — why I was angry at the bridge, why I was hardly civil to you at your father’s house; and, to tell the truth, why I have been so anxious to be alone with you for half an hour. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mildred was naturally anxious to introduce him to her friends, and several people whom he knew by sight had noticed him dining with them. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

I am so anxious about you that I can’t keep away from these infernal scoundrels. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Thomas Hardy The clock had struck one before Fitzpiers entered the house, and he came to his room softly, as if anxious not to disturb her. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

I would be for ever anxious while he is away if I were not—what is it?—a fatalist. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Plans to meet him at Palm Beach. Foiled by anxious uncle. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Henry James Now, too, it appeared that she was not especially anxious to defy,—she was disposed rather to manage, to cultivate opportunities and reap the fruits of a waiting game. Georgina’s reasons by Henry James [1884]

Anthony Trollope Lord Chiltern had in fact acknowledged that though he had been anxious to blow out our hero’s brains, he was aware all the time that our hero was a good sort of fellow. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Thus half-contented, anxious in his mind, The distant cries come driving in the wind, Shouts from the walls, but shouts in murmurs drown’d; A jarring mixture, and a boding sound. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Benjamin Disraeli Lady St. Jerome looked at him with an anxious glance. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

We part friends, don’t we?’ “She was always anxious to part friends. Because of the Dollars by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Anthony Trollope But he was at the present ill and weak, and was anxious to have some one near to him who should be more like a silk purse than his butler, Matthew. “Suppose you was to send for him, sir. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope His tone would gradually become less cynical and harsh; his words would come out more freely; and he would appear somewhat less anxious to wound the amour propre of his companion. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Thomas Hughes The Doctor and some of his family are there looking on, and seem as anxious as any boy for the success of the School-house. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

George Borrow I looked round, and lo! a tall figure stood close to me and gazed in my face with anxious inquiring eyes. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Arthur Conan Doyle After his departure, John Girdlestone spent an hour in anxious thought, arranging the details of the scheme which he had just submitted to his son. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Wilkie Collins Naomi cast an anxious glance at me as he sat down. The Dead Alive by Wilkie Collins [1874]

George Elio When she reached home she found Mrs. Pettifer there, anxious for her return. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

At any rate, whatever she was, she seemed anxious to show me the utmost attention. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Arthur Conan Doyle The light beat upon the eager, anxious face of the speaker, a little woman in black with a baby in her arms. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Anthony Trollope Both she and her husband were painfully anxious that Harry might succeed. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Leslie Stephen Swift is anxious beyond all things to mortify and humiliate an antagonist. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

But the king was pricked in his conscience by the cruelties of Vitry, and was anxious to make the only reparation which the religion of that day considered sufficient. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

George Gissing I write hurriedly, anxious to let you hear as soon as possible. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing The Pomfrets, whom he went to see at very long intervals, supposed him to have some sort of office employment, and saw nothing in his demeanour to make them anxious about him. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

George Gissing He was now anxious to leave the old house as soon as possible. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

When next I spoke I scarcely recognised my own voice, so anxious was it. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

George Gissing Forth they streamed from factories and workrooms, anxious to make the most of the few hours during which they might live for themselves. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

What makes you so anxious this morning?” “Never mind that, Miss Georgy. You get another doctor, that’s all; get another doctor at once. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Andrew Lang The girls became anxious but went steadily on, expecting that the wood would soon end, and that they would see the smoke from the chimneys of their home. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D.H. Lawrence I gathered a handful of primroses, then I climbed suddenly, quickly out of the deep watercourse, anxious to get back to the sunshine before the evening fell. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Wilkie Collins Although he has not to reproach himself, as I have, with being the miserable cause of the sacrifice that you have made, he is quite as wretched and quite as anxious about you as I am. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

He was, we repeat, handsome, young, and bold; he spoke of love like a man who did love and was anxious to be loved in return. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

It would be the first tight place I had ever got him out of, and I was quite anxious for him to get into it, so sure was I of every move. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

In another moment Gortsby was scudding along the dusk-shrouded path in anxious quest for a youthful figure in a light overcoat. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Thomas Carlyle The large Presbyterian party, apprehensive now of the Independents, were most anxious to do so; anxious indeed as for their own existence; but it could not be. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

The shrewd solicitor sometimes felt something like angry contempt for the foolish, selfish, talkative men and women who buzzed round the young widow during these, to him, anxious and tiring days. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Jules Verne But Nadia had guessed his thoughts, although she could not understand why her companion should be so anxious to reach Irkutsk, now that the Imperial letter was gone. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Communications between Tangier and Morocco require at least forty days, a system shrewdly laid down by the Sultan, who is anxious to be as remote as possible from the consuls and their influence. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Frances Hodgson Burnett Mary was so anxious that she got up from her stool and came to him and caught hold of both his hands. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Anthony Trollope He was very anxious that she herself should superintend the accounts of their own private expenditure, and had taken some trouble to teach her an excellent mode of book-keeping. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope They had too long been accustomed to his rule to shake it off so soon, and in this particular case they had none of them a wish to abet the man whom he was so anxious to put down. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells I suddenly turned away and thrust myself violently, possibly even frantically, through the bushes, anxious to get a clear space about me again. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Certainly, from the anxious look upon his face, it may have been an urgent one for him,” and he proceeded to tell them to whom the telegram was sent and what it contained. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]