Phrases with "anxious"

Dr. Berwick, who was tired, having been up all night over an anxious case, stared with anger, as well as amazement, at his as yet unknown colleague. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Arthur Conan Doyle Mr. McCarthy was very anxious that there should be a marriage between us. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

She was most anxious to spare her husband, at present eighty-three years of age, the grief he must feel if informed of the full extent of the disaster. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

I went back to my seat and waited fifteen minutes longer, fifteen having passed already; then I presented my anxious face, now somewhat indignant, to the first clerk again. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Wilkie Collins Madonna had looked ill and anxiousthough she would not own to having anything the matter with her — for some days past. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

A moment’s anxious pause, and then another musket shot, followed by a woman’s shrill scream, explained all. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Anthony Trollope He had read but little of the workings of Lady Laura’s heart towards himself, and had no idea of the assistance she was anxious to give him. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But behind that, or together with it, was an anxious longing to remain near Tretton and “see it out,” as he called it, when his father should die. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

He was not anxious because the surface of the road was shockingly uneven and bad, but he was troubled because he was riding without a light. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

She was stooping to caress the brown setter, who had been sniffing at her dress, and seemed anxious to inaugurate a friendship with her. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

I was anxious to end this scene on grounds of decency, just as one is anxious to cut short some unprovoked and abominable confidence. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

George Gissing Mary’s anxious pleading to be allowed to send for aid drove him to angry resistance. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Andrew Lang The emperor, anxious to prove how much he owed to the Satin Surgeon, opened his door himself, and great was everyone’s surprise and joy at seeing him in such perfect health. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope The girls were so anxious to hear all the detailsparticularly Maria! The details of the life of a drunken sot are not pleasant tidings to be poured into a mother’s ear, or a sister’s. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing On his reaching home at eleven o’clock, Pennyloaf met him with the news that Jack Bartley had looked in twice and seemed very anxious to see him. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Wilkie Collins I strongly suspect you, indeed, of being downright anxious to have a little literary stimulant provided in the shape of a villain. Mr Wray’s Cash Box by Wilkie Collins [1852]

These were the only occasions when he did go to her, her maternal solicitude and anxious care of him boring him exceedingly. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Anthony Trollope Indeed, I do not doubt him in the least—nor yet Mr Rubb.” “I can assure you that it is a very bad way of doing business,” said the anxious lover. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

When Jennings arrived here he felt inclined to turn off to the right and explore the other passage, but he was also anxious to see the factory and assure himself of the value of his discovery. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

George Eliot Of late, Esther’s anxious observation had been drawn to a change in Mrs Transome, shown in many small ways which only women notice. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Wilkie Collins I will tell you why I am so anxious about it when we leave the theatre. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

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

Wilkie Collins Am I losing my senses already? The very names that I was most anxious to keep out of my memory stare me in the face in the lines that I have just written. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Anne was within, looking somewhat anxious and pale. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Willa Cather He wasn’t anxious to leave it. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Arthur Morrison There’s other things, an’——” She turned away with a sigh that was near a sob, and her momentary indignation lapsed once more into anxious grief. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

George Meredith Rich and a nobleman is too tempting for an anxious father; and Livia’s influence is paramount. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Arthur Conan Doyle There, on his tongue, was the little wad of wet paper which he had been so anxious to swallow. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim That is why I am so anxious to examine some of this so-called information. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

The savage murders his enemy, and when he returns home is not the less devoted to his friend or the less anxious for his children. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

His going through college won’t hurt him — he’ll soon slough all that off — and his bringing up won’t; don’t be anxious about it. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

H. G. Wells Fowler is clever — but some day surgery will know its duty better and not be so anxious just to save something . The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Wilkie Collins You have no idea how kindly she speaks of you, and how anxious she is to help us to be married. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Madame Deberle walked round like a hostess who is anxious to satisfy the various tastes of her guests. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

George Meredith If you regard them attentively, you will observe that they have an anxious air. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Bram Stoker Mrs. Westenra was naturally anxious concerning Lucy, and has consulted me professionally about her. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Your father, anxious for my reputation, since I was united to him, agreed with me, as our marriage was private, and its date uncertain, that you should be announced as our legitimate offspring. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Mark Twain Every body was anxious to get ashore and visit these classic localities as quickly as possible. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Anthony Trollope But the people about her would know, and he was foolishly anxious that the people about her should think that he was worthy of her. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Do you know that she has been working her fingers to the bone making an old dress of mine presentable because she is so anxious that I shall look nice at your little supper party. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

George Gissing Naturally so; success is before you, and the anxious toil of your years of poverty is at an end. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Elizabeth Gaskell The morning succeeding the day on which Sylvia had engaged herself to Kinraid, the Fosters seemed unusually anxious to obtain their letters. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Cortes, anxious to retrieve the disgrace of the morning, ordered an assault on the larger, and, as it seemed, more practicable eminence. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

George Gissing In my life; the life, that is, which had to be supported by anxious toil; the life which was not lived for living’s sake, as all life should be, but under the goad of fear. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Caroline Lamb We were removed last night from St. Alvin’s to Colwood Bay, where we await in anxious hope of being admitted into the Duke of Altamonte’s presence. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

I think when the mind is so anxious the body has no capability of feeling fatigue. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Jules Verne Hobson well understood the significance of what had occurred, and waited in anxious suspense. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Anthony Trollope Frank was so anxious to hear of her well-doing. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

We were desperately anxious to get these gentlemen, and the very best talent of the Commonwealth was arrayed against them. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Scarborough had questions to ask about Mr. Prosper, and was anxious to know how his son had succeeded in his mission. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Charles Dickens If he appeared to be in his customary state of mind, Mr. Lorry would then cautiously proceed to seek direction and guidance from the opinion he had been, in his anxiety, so anxious to obtain. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

About two years ago, some questions that were pending between me and the bishop having been settled, I went down to my parish in Warwickshire, anxious to find occupation in my profession. Green Tea by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Maria Edgeworth By the countenance of Cornelius O’Shane, they all three augured that he had something of importance to say, and they stood in anxious expectation. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Thomas Hardy I am anxious to know what my mother said to you when she last saw you. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

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]

William Henry Hudson After listening for awhile in the shadow of the portico I went in, and, anxious to avoid disturbing the singers, stole away into a dusky corner, where I sat down by myself. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

Julian Hawthorne Meanwhile I glanced up at my pictured ancestor, and was struck with the expression of anxious interest which appeared to have come over his features. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

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]

Anthony Trollope He had already written much, but had written as one who had been anxious to fill up vacant spaces of time as they came in his way. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Anthony Trollope When the question of the house was first debated, Lady Amelia had been anxious that St. John’s Wood should be selected as the site, but to this Crosbie had positively objected. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He knows that I am anxious for his father’s name, and, therefore, he would disgrace me in any way that was possible. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Why was he so anxious to have the bird in his hand? Was it just the canniness of his Scots ancestry coming out, or was there a presentiment that — that what? He didn’t know. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

Dervish Sefer, who was anxious to get to the wine and pleasures of the capital, continued his journey. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Madame Sampiero was well aware that this would be her god-daughter’s real introduction to the neighbourhood, and she was most anxious that the first impression should be wholly favourable. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

E. F. Benson Once more she was extremely anxious that her sex as author should not be suspected by reviewers or by the public. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Anthony Trollope The poor girl is anxious that you should be at her wedding. Doctor Thorne 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]

Guy de Maupassan He went back slowly, anxious and disturbed. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

Anthony Trollope One would have supposed that they were not lambs or doves, capable of being thrust here or there without anger on their part; and they, too, were all anxious to descend and approach the altar. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Louisa May Alcott And anxious thoughts may be swept away, As we bravely wield a broom. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

George Gissing The man is just looking round, anxious to be amiable without making a fool of himself. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

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

D. H. Lawrence Rico looked with contemplative, anxious eyes at other women. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

William Henry Hudson What can you do in return for the garments you are anxious to possess? And here, let me remark, I approve highly of your wish to escape, with the least possible delay, from your present covering. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

Henry James It’s the last folly ever to care, in an anxious way, the least particle more than one is absolutely forced. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Besides, I’m overdue at Pau, and I’m anxious to get there. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

I cursed angrily at him for coming into the town to meet me, and then, anxious not to be seen in his company, led him quickly into a side street. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Edgar Allan Poe Here again he made an anxious examination of the paper; turning it in all directions. The Gold-Bug by Edgar Allan Poe

Jack London They were alert and active, anxious that the work should go well, and fiercely irritable with whatever, by delay or confusion, retarded that work. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

She was really anxious about her husband, but she had been accustomed all her life to accept the opinion of other people in preference to her own. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Elizabeth Gaskell I would not tell her no more than I would you, Mary; so she says, ‘Well, dear, you must mind this, when you’re going to fret and be low about anything — An anxious mind is never a holy mind. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Elizabeth Gaskell As she ran out, her eye caught Lois’s anxious gaze, although the noise of the heavy wheels drowned the sound of her words of inquiry as to the nature of the hurt the child had received. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

I have taken every conceivable precaution for their safety, but do you think”— he looked most worried and anxious —“that any miscreants would dare to make use of explosives, to break in here. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

It might very well be asked here why I was so anxious to convince myself as to the man’s identity. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

I saw the eye of Idris wander from me to her children, with an anxious appeal to my judgment. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

For a long time his quiet contentment in this pleasant, simple, easy-going life had been clouded by anxious thoughts about Marian’s future. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Isabella Bird At the foot of these was a narrow, bright-green savannah, with fine trees growing upon it, as though planted by some one anxious to produce a park-like effect. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

George Gissing Would that make any difference? Was it “good enough”? So her thoughts phrased the anxious question. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Kate Chopin He whispered an anxious inquiry of the lady in black, who did not notice him or reply, but kept her eyes fastened upon the pages of her velvet prayer-book. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

E. T. A. Hoffmann Then Salvator rose and said in a loud voice, “Signors, the honour you are anxious to render to a dead man you can more easily bestow upon a living man who walks in your midst. Signor Formica by E. T. A. Hoffmann [1820]

But why are you so anxious about it, Leona? Why do you fear him?” She looked around the cabin cautiously before she answered. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Before he retired to rest that night he opened the window of his bedroom and studied the heavens with an anxious face. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Walter Scott Caleb in the mean while waited on them with grave officiousness, as if anxious to make up, by his own respectful assiduity, for the want of all other attendance. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Nevertheless, they were both thoroughly frightened by the rebellion on Animal Farm, and very anxious to prevent their own animals from learning too much about it. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

At least a hundred persons were standing there; men with anxious faces, women in tears, soliciting, imploring an audience. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Isabella Bird He was very anxious to be doctored, but looked the opposite of a sick man. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Henry Kingsley The register was found, the lawyers were busy down at Ravenshoe, for every one was anxious to get up to London, and have the two marriages over before the season was too far advanced. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

George Gissing I have often spoken to him of you, and he is anxious to see you. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Gissing Her eyes fell a little, and took a new expression, that of anxious scrutiny. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Robert Burns Monie a sair daurk we twa hae wrought, An, wi’ the weary warl’ fought! An’ monie an anxious day, I thought We wad be beat! Yet here to crazy age we’re brought, Wi’ something yet. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

George Gissing He rose and left the room with a face of anxious thoughtfulness. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

I am anxious to keep her from knowing this fresh complication as long as possible. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

Henry Handel Richardson If she did, what form were their relations to each other going to assume?—and this was the question that cost him most anxious thought. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

E. Phillips Oppenheim She was very anxious to help me, but insisted that it must be secretly. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Guy de Maupassant She was so fond of George (she said “George” in a familiar, sisterly sort of way) that, she had been most anxious to know his young wife and to make friends with her, too. Forgiveness (Le Pardon) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

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]

Children also are highly honored and esteemed, and the aged too, since both classes require the care of others and must be the recipients of favors which all are anxious to bestow. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

He was evidently fidgeting and anxious to get off. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Thomas Wolfe He wanted to know who this mysterious personage might be who was so anxious to make his acquaintance. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Was it fire? Had burglars got in? What was the matter? Who had uttered that dreadful shriek? Alas! that was the question which we of all men were most anxious to hear answered. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

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

David marched homeward with his heart in a storm, to find an anxious Isobel. “These are dreidfu’ days,” she moaned. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

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

As I say lots of folk were anxious to have a word with him. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

She examined her work, bent over it, anxious not to leave a dry place. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Anthony Trollope Nevertheless he was determined to brew beer, and was anxious to do so if possible on the spot where his great-uncle Bungall had commenced operations in that line. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Walter Besant I fear as yet to tell him, lest it make him feverish and anxious to be up and about, whereas he ought at present to be resting and getting well. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Then came the chaplain with an anxious face. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

E. Phillips Oppenheim This must make you more than ever anxious for our success. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Two of his companions observed him narrowly, Attwater with raking, sidelong glances that did not interrupt his talk, the captain with a heavy and anxious consideration. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Lady Mabel was very anxious to see them, she said; and having grown much more infirm of late, seemed to think it would be the last meeting with her son. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

The footman was sure that there was embarrassment in the chef’s manner, and that he was more anxious to ingratiate himself and more anxious to please. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Rudyard Kipling He did not feel the need of pity; he was too anxious to get to the front once more, and explained his desire. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Oscar Wilde They are a wearisome topic, and I am anxious to get back to the sphere in which criticism is free. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Thomas Hardy Frances, anxious and haggard, met her at the station. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Wilkie Collins Too anxious to waste time in circumlocution, she turned the conversation at once to the delicate and doubtful subject of the lost letter. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Anthony Trollope What should he do now! All his hatred for her returned again, all his anxious wishes that she might be somehow removed from his path, as an obnoxious stumbling-block. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

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

Mrs. Sturk, though very quiet, was an active little body, with a gentle, anxious face. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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

Rudyard Kipling One of his friends rejoiced in a friend, a Member of Parliament — a zealous, an intelligent, and, above all, a patriotic person, anxious to do the most good in the shortest possible time. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Robert Louis Stevenson Even now, he said, anxious as he was, he had never the time to take up a book. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

He showed his age most in his unintelligently furrowed, anxious forehead and in his round, innocent eyes, which appeared to me weak and blinking and watery; or was it that they were full of tears? . Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Anthony Trollope She was painfully, fearfully, anxious for that husband of hers, whom she honoured and worshipped, as it behoved her to do, above all other men. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

H. Rider Haggard He had no relations to go and see, and in his present anxious excited state he preferred to avoid his friends and club acquaintances. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Anthony Trollope Of course they would be anxious to be rid of her. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope All other anxieties have ceased with me now that I have come to know what it really is to be anxious for you. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Now, I was extremely anxious to see men of such wonderful natures. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

George Gissing I’ve just called there, and she really seems anxious to help. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Charles Dickens The royal shuttlecock being three-and-twenty, the battledores were very anxious to get him married. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Twenty minutes later Enid Dent was sitting in the rather drab-looking waiting-room, lined with steel-bound boxes, where she had spent, during the last few weeks, many dreary, anxious minutes. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Wilkie Collins She looks so anxious and so ill; and when I ask what is troubling her, she puts me off with an excuse. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

At least, so it appeared to Laura. Her mother told her in after years that she had been anxious about her at that time. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

It is she who is so anxious that Lucy should come too, and you need have no fear as to our staying late, for we are going especially early in order to be home before one o’clock. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Walter Scott She remained doggedly silent for two or three minutes, casting around a malignant and sulky glance, that seemed to enjoy the anxious suspense with which they waited her answer. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Algernon Blackwood Meanwhile, Povey, anxious to resume his lecture, made an effort to recover his command of the group-atmosphere which Toogood had disturbed. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Maria Edgeworth Notwithstanding the contempt with which, in the first moment of passion, he had treated his friend, he was extremely anxious that he should not break off all connexion with the conspirators. The Grateful Negro by Maria Edgeworth

Anthony Trollope He has been as anxious that you should be settled well, as though you had been his own. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Olive Schreiner Side by side with the New Woman, anxious for labour and seeking from man only such love and fellowship as she gives, stands the New Man, anxious to possess her only on the terms she offers. Woman and Labour by Olive Schreiner

When, however, he did see her actually step out of a taxi that Saturday afternoon, a few minutes before three, his delight was so great that he realised how anxious he had been. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

E. F. Benson Yes, the spit has gone: dear Daisy said the Museum was most anxious to get it, and I took it across myself this afternoon. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

William Hope Hodgson Also, why did he not consign his box of mummy to London in the ordinary way; and why so anxious to send it aboard after dark? In short, there were quite a number of whys. Captain Gault by William Hope Hodgson

I was too anxious to move away. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Anthony Trollope But she could not say it in the presence of the nurse and of Lady Augusta. But Lord Castlewell’s conduct to herself made her more anxious than ever to say something of the kind. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Poor, poor fellow! Why doesn’t he cut his throat? He wished to encourage him; he was very anxious to see him lying dead over that other corpse. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Her daughters did not allow their minds to be disturbed by anxiety as yet; the young are less anxious than the old. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

Ford Madox Ford O’Hara might well be anxious to catch one in the act. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

I have been anxious all my life about the shape of the decanter, never about the quality of its contents. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

W. W. Jacobs She stood at the window for some time, gazing up the road with what appeared to be an expression of anxious solicitude. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

A. E. W. Mason The flame lit up a troubled and anxious face. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

That she was truly fond of Lucy, and most anxious for her welfare in every way, Barbara also saw. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Anthony Trollope You can imagine that I am anxious to get back to my mother. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon They travelled and took up work, but they lived in a state of anxious abstraction. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

His manner was so troubled and anxious that one, to see him, would have supposed him a servant in constant fear of being detected in some indiscretion. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Sir Walter Scott His brow bore an anxious and hurried expression, as one who has that to say of which he doubts the reception, and who hath yet posted on from the necessity of communicating his tidings. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

George Gissing However, Michael gave me as kind a welcome as his letter promised; prosperity had done him good, and he seemed only anxious to make up for the years of unkindness that had gone by. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Leslie Stephen The only inference to be drawn is, that he drew closer to Martha Blount as years went by; and was anxious that she should become independent of her family. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Thomas Hardy And as they were so dog-tired, and so anxious about the horses, never once did they think of the unmarried couple. A Few Crusted Characters by Thomas Hardy [1891]

I was extremely anxious the fellow should depart for Tolosa and get shot in a ravine; or go to the Devil in his own way, as long as he lost the track of Dona Rita completely. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

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]

H. Rider Haggard At last she came with quick and anxious steps, and, though but a few minutes before he had dreaded her coming, he now welcomed it eagerly. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Sir Walter Scott So I am not so anxious concerning his immediate safety as about what may follow afterwards, for these troubles are only beginning. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Algernon Blackwood But Dr. Fillery, having thanked Nurse Robbins for her prompt attendance to his bell, returned to the room and sat for some time in a strange confusion of anxious thoughts. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Florence Dixie Can anything have happened, do you think ?” she exclaimed in quick, anxious tones. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

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

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

Anthony Trollope An active little man was Captain Boodle, always doing something or anxious to do something in his own line of business. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

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

Anthony Trollope Sir Thomas was especially anxious to be alone with his daughters, but he could not tell the guest to go. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Jules Verne After the most anxious investigation, we could discover only one narrow opening in all the coast, and it is by following that little channel that we have made our way hither. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

George Gissing Her anxious feelings in this way toned themselves to mere cheerfulness. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

My girl, Jenny, will be waiting up for me, and getting anxious about her father. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

D. H. Lawrence But she was anxious and puzzled. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope This man was one of his enemies — was one who no doubt thought little of him because he was a tailor, who suspected his motives, and was anxious to rob him of his bride. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Daly was very anxious that it should not be said through the country that he had been driven home by a set of roughs from any one covert or another. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Mr. Page, anxious for his boy, began to consult with his daughters as to how it might be obtained. The Mystery of Jessy Page by Ellen Wood [1871]

Jane Austen It was a sad, anxious day; and the morrow, though differing in the sort of evil, did by no means bring less. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Wilkie Collins But Captain Wragge was too anxious about Magdalen to waste any time on his wife, after satisfying himself that she was safe in her seclusion, and that she might be trusted to remain there. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

That was the last thing he remembered until he came to under the shadow of the plane, to look up into the anxious face of Sergius Petrofsky, who was fanning him with a handkerchief. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

Anthony Trollope I know how good you are, and how prudent; I am anxious only for your happiness; not at all —’ ‘Happiness, uncle, is out of the question. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

I, also, am anxious to be a child of Christ. I only say, with another, “Help Thou my unbelief. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Anthony Trollope She was very anxious to do exactly as Hamel had counselled her. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens It was an anxious time; it was, indeed, indeed, an anxious time. The Perils of Certain English Prisoners by Charles Dickens [1857]

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]

Anthony Trollope But she cared nothing for his hardships, and was anxious to repudiate the memory of all the hard words which she had spoken as to her husband’s children. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Rudyard Kipling But knives — pah!” The baggage-camel had been bobbing his head to and fro for some time past, anxious to get a word in edgewise. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

I was becoming anxious myself, being in a manner responsible for him. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

She was anxious for it — anxious that Captain Levison should render her the only reparation in his power before the birth of her unhappy child. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Henry James She looked more anxious still. Lady Barbarina by Henry James [1884]

Anthony Trollope Of course men were always anxious for office as they are now. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope