Phrases with "eager"

His attention was now fully aroused, his gaze eager and imperative. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Wilkie Collins I felt that I was paying the double penalty of being a young man, and of being perhaps a little too eager as well. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Robert Louis Stevenson He was eager for his sons; eager for their health, whether of mind or body; eager for their education; in that, I should have thought, too eager. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

So eager for exploration was he that before the public had the opportunity to read about one expedition, he had started on another. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Wilkie Collins She threw open the door which led into the dining-room, and dashed in, eager for a change of objects, athirst for more space and more air. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Andrew Lang The king gladly gave his consent, and ordered the lists to be made ready, never doubting that two great champions would be eager for such a chance of adding to their fame. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

I, eager to find any relief from the horrible thoughts that had taken possession of me, and full of longing for active exertion, at once accepted the invitation. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Thomas Wolfe He also reads the paper with a kind of eager hopelessness. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Margaret Oliphant As she mused her eyes took an eager look, her very fingers twitched with the wish to be doing. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Abraham Merri Filled with curiosity, eager to reach the end and leam what it all meant, I interposed no obstacles, stuck as rigorously as they to the faatter in hand. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

The Captain protested, with an eager insistence, that the wedding breakfast should be eaten at his domicile. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Anthony Trollope Then, with some eager impassioned words, in which she pronounced her ideas of what should be the religious duties of a woman, Mrs Winterfield bade farewell to her niece. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

His voice was eager and bubbling, with a hissing of the s’s. Burmese Days by George Orwell

H. G. Wells The original universities were gatherings of eager people who wanted to know — and who clustered round the teachers who did seem to know. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

She crouched, her hand raised above her head, in an attitude of eager attention. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Jane Austen It opens his designs to his family, it introduces you among them, it diffuses through the party those pleasantest feelings of our nature, eager curiosity and warm prepossession. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

E. F. Benson For the first time for many nights she slept beautifully till she was called, and woke fresh and eager for the day. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Arthur Conan Doyle However, rather than throw a damper on Tom’s expectations, I announced myself eager to start. The Mystery of Sasassa Valley by Arthur Conan Doyle

Thomas Hardy And now he sat at her tea-table eager to gain her attention, and in his amatory rage feeling the other man present to be a villain, just as any young fool of a lover might feel. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Robert Louis Stevenson And Sakuma was in a position to help Yoshida more practically than by simple countenance; for he could read Dutch, and was eager to communicate what he knew. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins Mr. Welwyn was giving his regular dinners, performing his regular duties as a county magistrate, enjoying his regular recreations as an a amateur farmer and an eager sportsman. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

George Eliot Well! a little patience, and in another year, or perhaps in half a year, he might turn his back on these hard, eager Florentines, with their futile quarrels and sinking fortunes. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Anthony Trollope Lady Desmond had wit enough to discover that Aunt Letty did agree with her in the main, and on this account she was eager in seeking her assistance. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Louisa May Alcott Amy stirred and sighed in her sleep, and as if eager to begin at once to mend her fault, Jo looked up with an expression on her face which it had never worn before. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

George Gissing His mood was eager to seize on any point that afforded subject for jest. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

How it sprung up, with its eager spray, to the sunbeams! And then I thought that I should see thee again this day, and so sprung my heart to the new morning which thou bringest me from the skies. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Catherine Helen Spence An intelligent community furnished enough of recruits eager to learn and eager to teach. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

He had no eager delight in the unknown country rushing past; it inspired him with fear. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

George Gissing She entered the station, eager to get a hearing for a plain story. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Radclyffe Hall They had been so eager to welcome the girl as one of themselves, and now this strange happening — it made them feel foolish which in turn made them angry. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

The street showed many an eager figure with head turned northward. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle How now, archer? You do not seem so eager as when you made your way aboard this boat by slinging me into the sea. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

H. G. Wells At first the child will scarcely be in a world of sustained stories, but very eager for anecdotes and simple short tales. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Blended with the sorrow of parting, I felt within me vague, but sweet, hopes, an eager expectation of coming dangers, and a feeling of noble ambition. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

Guy de Maupassan The occurrence was discussed among the crowd; and young lads’ eager eyes curiously scrutinized this naked body of a girl. Little Louise Roqué by Guy de Maupassan

Edward Bellamy In their lucid intervals, even our insane are eager to do what they can. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

So eager did they become in this pursuit that they ceased to pay attention to the elementary matter of invitations; they introduced to London one more American touch. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Henry James So I do speak — see? — being always so eager myself, as you know, to meet Maggie’s wishes. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

For a space he will be vain, probably a downright puppy, eager for pleasure and desirous of admiration, athirst, too, for knowledge. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

D. H. Lawrence He answered to the call like an eager hound. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle They stared at him with eager interest; but he said nothing. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Henry James Peter was unwilling to press at this point, for he suspected one of the things Lady Agnes wanted; but Biddy relieved him a little by describing her as eager above all that Grace should get married. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Lord Fareham’s thoughtful face brightened with its rare smile — half amused, half cynical — as he watched Angela’s eager looks, devouring every object on the road. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

The dark blue eyes especially, turned up in all their eager brightness to his, seemed quite familiar. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Even the leaders of the sects, bond and “free,” who had denounced him, were now eager to proclaim that he had been intrinsically all along, though sometimes in disguise, a champion of their faith. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

Algernon Blackwood SPRING had come with her sweet torment of delight, her promises, her passion, and London lay washed and perfumed beneath April’s eager sun. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

H. G. Wells Even had the doubt been stronger, the aspect of helpful hopeful little Ethel eager for work might well have thrust it aside. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Guy de Maupassan The young girl was seated beside Olivier, riding backward, and she opened upon this stream of equipages wide and wondering eager eyes. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

He was like a martyr, who knows death inevitable, and is eager for the faggot and the stake. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Jacques Futrelle You do believe that? You do?” She was pleading, eager to convince him. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

She was very eager on this point. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

E. F. Benson They had all been so eager to hear about her visit to Sheffield Castle, and now whenever she brought up kindred topics, Elizabeth or Diva changed the subject with peculiar abruptness. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Thomas Hardy And yet, by some perversity of the heart, she was as eager now to make light of her faintness as she had been to make much of it two or three hours ago. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle He could hardly stand still, so great was his mental agitation, and he ran towards Holmes with two eager hands outstretched. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Abraham Merri In the hollow of her throat a dimple lay; a chalice for kisses and empty of them and eager to be filled. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

So next morning (for I was very eager at it) I set out with my cart for another load; and having handed them over the bridge, got safe with them to the grotto. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

Henry James It makes me impatient and restless, and I sit scribbling here because I’m so eager to arrive and the time passes better if I occupy myself. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

On our arrival at the long, high, wooden structure that spans the broad mouth of the river at Fremantle, we were again met by eager crowds. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Anthony Trollope South Carolina was as eager in 1832 for secession as she was in 1859-60; but the government was in the hands of a strong man and an honest one. North America by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson If they heard a man’s name and business, they seemed to think they had the heart of that mystery; but they were as eager to know that much as they were indifferent to the rest. Across the Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson

Charles Dickens His wild black eyes were fixed with a look of eager interest on Arthur’s face, and his long bony fingers kept tight hold of Arthur’s hand. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

It had awakened to the most eager interest. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

They set their former work aside, And their new toils with eager haste divide. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Jane Austen The engagement which you were eager to form a fortnight ago is no longer compatible with your views, and I rejoice to find that the prudent advice of your parents has not been given in vain. Lady Susan by Jane Austen [1794]

Frances Hodgson Burnett At the dinner table sleek young heads held themselves at an angle which allowed of their owners seeing through or around, or under floral decorations and alert young eyes showed an eager gleam. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Ford Madox Ford They were as eager as bullocks running down by Camden Town to Smithfield Market . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

In vain had Troke, eager to sustain his reputation for sharpness, burst in upon the convict at all times and seasons. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Yet quickly under his kinsman’s shield went eager the earl, since his own was now all burned by the blaze. Beowulf by translated by Francis Gummere

Abraham Merri Opposite us sat the Russian, clothed as we were, leaning forward, his eyes eager behind his glasses; but if he saw us he gave no sign. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Rafael Sabatini Sakr-el-Bahr watched the Basha’s averted, gleaming eyes under their furrowed, thoughtful brows, he saw Marzak’s face white, tense and eager in his anxiety that his father should consent. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Ann Radcliffe Despair instantly renewed his vigour; he started from the ground, and throwing round him a look of eager desperation, his eye caught the glimpse of a small door, upon which the moon-beam now fell. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Benjamin Disraeli There was in it an eager and radiant face. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Are you up to it, Sweetwater? Do you know the city well enough to attempt to find a needle in this very big haystack?” “I should at least like to try,” was the eager response. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Then, as the man cleared the table, lingering over his work, as if eager to impart any stray scraps of information he might possess, Gilbert spoke to him again. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

George Gissing It did not appear that he purposed literary effort, though it seemed the natural outlet for his eager thought; and of the career of politics he at all times spoke with contempt. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Marjorie Bowen She was very glad Marius was happy; it was as pleasant to watch his eager joy in life as to survey the content of a loving dog; and as sad to see him miserable as to behold an animal in distress. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Arthur Machen It was then that London began to summon, and I was filled with an eager curiosity to know all about the new world which I was to visit. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

Scott was extremely anxious for his own pardon and, in addition, eager to earn any money he could. A Memoir of Mrs. Behn by Montague Summers

Jack London When he fell down a second time, it curled its tail over its forefeet and sat in front of him facing him curiously eager and intent. Lost Face by Jack London

Thomas Wolfe How was that, boy, how was that?” said McHarg, laughing his shrill falsetto, and turning and prodding Webber again with an eager finger. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

It was not drink with Alfred: his excitement was suppressed: he stood staring at Granville with a questioning, eager expression, as though he expected news. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

H. G. Wells In England the war party was only too eager to grasp what it considered to be a magnificent opportunity. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Wilkie Collins Trust me to look after your interests; and don’t go near Miss Emily — don’t even write to her — unless you have got something to say about the murder, which she will be eager to hear. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Percy Bysshe Shelley At last Matilda took the stranger’s hand: she pressed it to her lips with an eager and impassioned gesture, and led him to the opposite door of the saloon. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Mr. Brown, in the mean time, had drawn near and thrust his eager visage between those of the other two at the instant that Peter threw up the lid. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

If I were in London I wouldn’t always be eager to see the latest hour-old newspaper, and you at Shangri–La are no more eager to see a year-old one. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

William Hope Hodgson And this did wake me to wonder what new thing lay before; so that I grew more eager among the boulders. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

George Gissing Not here, particularly,’ she added, as if eager to explain herself, ‘but somewhere in the wood. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Sinclair Lewis It seemed to him that the blue silk of her waist took life from the warm and eager flesh beneath. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Rafael Sabatini Not a doubt but that the folk on that ravaged Sicilian seaboard would be eager to inform the redoubtable admiral of the direction in which the Moslem galleys had faded out of sight. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

Philip Sheldon had discovered the unexpected connection, and was eager to put a stop to researches that might lead to a like discovery on the part of his coadjutor. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Eliza was the third daughter, and desperately eager to be married. A Day in Briar Wood by Ellen Wood [1877]

Richard Thornton had received Eleanor’s letter in Edinburgh, and had been travelling perpetually since his receipt of the girl’s eager epistle. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Margaret Oliphant I always told you my season was the very end—and the result is, I am quite fresh when you jaded revellers have had too much of it, and are eager to hurry away. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

The flambeau glares still within a yard, held up in a park-keeper’s hand; its long eager tongue of flame almost licks the figure of the Expected — therewhere she stands full in my sight. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

E. F. Benson Should he get well, she had given him to understand that the past was blotted out, and that she was willing and eager to join with him in making the best possible out of the future. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Kenneth Grahame I wonder which of us had better pack the luncheon-basket?” He did not speak as if he was frightfully eager for the treat. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Walter Scott Wier has considered the clergy of every sect as being too eager in this species of persecution: Ad gravem hanc impietatem, connivent theologi plerique omnes. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

Arthur Conan Doyle I seemed to see all those wasted eager hands held out for food, and I, John Sirius, dashing it aside. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

They must also be often exposed to various dangers, whilst wandering about in eager search for the females. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Arthur Conan Doyle With arrow on string, their feet firm-planted, their fierce eager faces peering through the branches, they awaited the coming storm. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

My soul was in tumults; I traversed the streets with eager rapidity. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

E. Phillips Oppenheim Should you like to ask her any questions?” She jumps up at once with an eager cry. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Walter Scott He was, and always had been, totally unlike the ‘horse hot at hand,’ who tires before noon through his own over eager exertions in the beginning of the day. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

I was now as eager to get back into danger as I had been to get into safety. Prester John by John Buchan

Sinclair Lewis Indeed the only evidence of diabetes was a lightness and breathlessness in her, and a faintly sharpened face which gave her an eager maturity. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Robert Louis Stevenson They seemed only eager to get drunk, and to do so speedily. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing Oh yes, she had loved him, had been eager to believe in him. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Then suddenly this mental agony changed to a strange dulness, a mist rose between Clarissa and the eager face of her lover. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

He found his sister-in-law lamentably ignorant, but quite eager to improve her mind at his direction; and this is ever delightful to the man who reads. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Elizabeth Von Arnim I have seen a pretty young woman, hardly in her twenties, sitting a whole evening drinking in the doubtful wisdom of an elderly political star, with every appearance of eager interest. Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1898]

Marjorie Bowen He kissed the hands that trembled at his touch, and smiled into her eager eyes. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Ann Radcliffe Adeline, whom the crowd prevented from approaching the hostess, now beckoned her, and was going to withdraw, but the landlady, eager in the pursuit of her story, disregarded the signal. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Anthony Trollope They declared, with loud voices, eager actions, and manifold English oaths, that an attempt was being made to rob them. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Many were doubly eager to quit a nook of ground now become their prison, which appeared unable to resist the inroads of ocean’s giant waves. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Wilkie Collins She had hurried over her business in London, eager to pass the rest of the day with her favorite pupil. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

William Makepeace Thackeray I fear very much that Morgiana’s mother thought Mr. Slang an exceedingly gentlemanlike and agreeable person; besides, she was eager to have his good opinion of Mrs. Walker’s singing. Mens Wives by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Wilkie Collins Hurrying footsteps and eager voices were heard outside on the stairs. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

M. R. James This determination of his was confirmed that same afternoon; for when Mrs and Miss Cooper arrived, eager to be inducted into the maze, he found that he was wholly unable to lead them to the centre. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Edith Wharton This young man, whose awkward bearing and long lava-hued face crowned with flamboyant hair contrasted oddly with his finical apparel, returned Odo’s look with a gaze of eager comprehension. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

All the rooms on the ground floor were open, and in one of them he could discern a dashing and coquettish young miss holding court over a cluster of eager swains. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

She wept profusely and was so overcome with sorrow that she let down a ragged veil when she saw Dan’s eager gaze. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

It was the principle on which Joseph Scaliger studied Greek, and indeed occurs spontaneously to a vigorous mind eager for real knowledge. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

She had imagined that Lady Eversleigh would be eager to leave a place in which she found herself the object of disapprobation and contempt. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Algernon Blackwood Something compelling, authoritative, peculiarly convincing for a moment had its undeniable effect, again stopping the flow of hurried, passionate, eager words. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

All stared with amazement; while they regarded it as the insane boast of a man too eager to procure his liberty to weigh the meaning of his words. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Halliday himself was much too eager over the race to trouble about the matter, but he kept a sharp eye on the Vincent machine, still stored at Blackheath, so as to guard against any tampering. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Anthony Trollope Her charity is profuse; her philanthropy is eager and true; her national ambition is noble and honest — honest in the cause of civilization. North America by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins She knew the use to which Jack had put her antidote, and (in her ignorance of chemistry) she was eager to be prepared for any consequences which might follow. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

His grumbling was got over by the Tuesday morning, and he was as eager as any of us. Roger Monk by Ellen Wood [1868]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle With the policeman we both hurried down, but only to find the street full of traffic, many people coming and going, but all only too eager to get to a place of safety upon so wet a night. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Wilkie Collins If I had been less fond of my little girl here, and less eager to seize the first opportunity of pleading for her, I should never have committed that fatal mistake. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Wilkie Collins Mr. Vanstone read the letter with eager interest and pleasure. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

E. F. Benson She was most eager to do so, and a very little pressing would be sufficient. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Arthur Conan Doyle An elderly placid-faced woman sat in a basket chair in the recess, and looked up with quiet loving eyes at the swift play of emotions which swept over the girl’s eager features. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Florence Dixie It was she who invariably gave the eager animals their early morning exercise. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

T. E. Lawrence There were Feisal and Nuri Shaalan, eager to hear our news. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Lucy Maud Montgomery But betray too eager curiosity she would not. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

G. K. Chesterton He exults when he can boast in an eager note that he has stolen some saying from history. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Herrick followed him; he could scarce recall the violence of his late emotions, but he felt there was a scene to go through, and he was anxious and even eager to go through with it. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

George Gissing Yet so strong was the effect upon him of contemplating a large fortune, that, in despite of reason and desire, he lived in eager expectation of the word which should make him rich. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Wilkie Collins Looking at their pale faces, and their eager eyes, he could say no more. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

H. G. Wells As I did so, the Hyena-swine saw the Thing, and flung itself upon it with an eager cry, thrusting thirsty teeth into its neck. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle Three pulls from eager arms, and the two combatants, dripping and pale, were dragged up the bank, and lay panting upon the grass. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Andrew Lang Of course the first thing he did was to pay his respects to the Sultan, who was eager to hear about his adventures. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Miss Travers saw this, and followed the direction of the dark, eager eyes, and thought she understood. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Anthony Trollope To them who were so eager to be his captors the matter seemed to be still one of considerable difficulty; but, to his thinking, there was no difficulty. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

There was his chair, at the bottom left corner, where he had always sat, his seat in the Republic. He went to it with an eager trot. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Wilkie Collins The happy result showed itself instantly: her face brightened, her manner changed; she was eager to hear more. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Nor was this wonderful, for the lad loved him also, and was as eager and intelligent and modest as becomes a prince. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

At present the public were as eager to consume more Shandyism as Sterne was ready to produce it: the demand was as active as the supply was easy. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

But the others were by then so eager that they could do nought. The Story of Grettir the Strong by translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon [1869]

Susanna Rowson Mrs. Temple ran out to receive and welcome her darling: her young companions flocked round the door, each one eager to give her joy on the return of her birth-day. Charlotte Temple by Susanna Rowson [1791]

Anthony Trollope That was Mr. Spicer’s idea; and he was very eager to communicate it to Serjeant Burnaby. Trigger, in his energy, told Mr. Spicer to go and be ——. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

William Dampier A sudden skirmish or engagement or so was nothing when one’s blood was up and pushed forwards with eager expectations. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

H.P. Lovecraft Dr. Whipple was a sane, conservative physician of the old school, and for all his interest in the place was not eager to encourage young thoughts toward the abnormal. The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft [1924]

That, so eager and impetuous were they, might have been (and much trouble spared them) were it not for the old woman. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

I could have cried, so irritated and eager was I to be gone. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Of formal education, Huxley had little; but he had the richer schooling which nature and life give an eager mind. The Life of Huxley by Ada L. F. Snell [1909]

Edith Wharton It was not that, either then or later, I was restless, or eager for change for its own sake. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

It almost seemed as if the urgent eager voice were not speaking in vain. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

He noticed the dilated nostrils, the wide eyes, the intent, eager stillness of the face, and then he fired. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

The sleeping-time came and passed, and my visitors were still full of eager questionings. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Ann Radcliffe With eager impatience they pressed madame to disclose the cause of that sorrow which so emphatically marked the features of their mother. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Sinclair Lewis But I’m eager to be guided by you!” Two months later Elmer was on the train to Banjo Crossing, as pastor of the Methodist Church in that amiable village under the sycamores. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Henry Handel Richardson Laura descried them a long way off; and, as the carriage swept past them, they also saw her, eager and prominent at her window. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Theodore Dreiser To-night, when she saw this woman so eager to talk to Lester, she realised at once that they must have a great deal in common to talk over; whereupon she did a characteristic thing. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope The warm friendliness of his touch, the firm, clear brightness of his eye, and the eager tone of his voice, were even then subduing her coy unwillingness to part with her maiden love. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett Everybody waited in eager delight for her next words. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Henry Handel Richardson And dear Jerry, eager and alert, taking so intelligent a share in what was said. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Sinclair Lewis I’d never been able to rebuke my colonel — tried to, in my eager boyish way, but he’d never noticed it. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Maria Edgeworth We were both eager to mark our pretensions to her publicly. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Anthony Trollope If once the Earl’s friends could be brought to be eager for the match on his account, as was she on her daughter’s behalf, then probably the thing might be done. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith Like the charger cut in stone, Rearing stiff, the warrior host, Which had life from him alone, Craved the trumpet’s eager note, As the bridled earth the Spring. Rusty was the trumpet’s throat. Ballads and Poems of Tragic Life by George Meredith [1887]

G. K. Chesterton At least, the only other exception was Rosamund’s companion, Mary Gray, whose silence was of a much more eager sort. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Walter Besant It seems incredible that young men can be found so eager for applause that they will even stake the hazard of a life upon the laughter of an hour. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

D. H. Lawrence He just sucked his pipe and stared in the fire, while the sea boomed outside, and the voices of the women were heard eager in the bedrooms. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Books, varied, on the table lie, Three children o’er them bend, And all, with curious, eager eye, The turning leaf attend. Poems by Currer Bell by Charlotte Bronte [1846]

Percy Bysshe Shelley Long have I languished in hopeless love: often have I expected, and as often have my eager expectations been blighted by disappointment. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Wilkie Collins Mrs. Farnaby was not the less determined that the marriage should never take place, and not the less eager to secure the assistance of her new ally. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Sir Walter Scott He had overreached himself, and stumbled, it seemed, over the root of a tree, in making too eager a blow at his antagonist. The Black Dwarf by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Herman Melville His face lighted up; eager and hectic, he met the honest glance of his visitor. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

With eager haste a rising town I frame, Which from the Trojan Pergamus I name: The name itself was grateful; I exhort To found their houses, and erect a fort. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

T. E. Lawrence Duly, before dawn, we drove upon the track of Stirling’s cars, eager to be with them before their fight. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

But he now found both friends and followers, and some who were eager to claim kindred with him, and take part in his future fortunes. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

George Gissing I like to imagine some poor scholar, poor and eager as I myself, who bought the volume with drops of his blood, and enjoyed the reading of it even as I did. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

H. G. Wells He was far too loud and vain, far too eager to create an immediate impression to be a proper scoundrel. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

She seemed to think it unnecessary to proffer any eager disavowal of the charge. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Algernon Blackwood In the eyes at first shone unveiled fire; she smiled, gazing into my own with love and eager yearning too. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

D. H. Lawrence Yet she had no lover, nobody seemed eager to marry her, nobody seemed eager to come close to her at all. Mother and Daughter by D. H. Lawrence [1929]

But Nancy’s eager and devoted eyes were full on him, and something natural in him responded. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

E. Phillips Oppenheim I shall wait behind for Mr. Chadwick.” “I’m not engaged to her—not properly,” he said, in a low, eager tone. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Walter Scott But it was too late; so I hurried on, eager to know the best or the worst which I could learn. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

Margaret Oliphant Vincent put up the collar of his coat about his ears, and stood back with eager attention, intently alive to everything. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

G. K. Chesterton Syme, on the other hand, fought fiercely but still carefully, in an intellectual fury, eager to solve the riddle of his own bloodless sword. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Elizabeth Gaskell The little girls spoke in eager discussion of the strangers. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

William Makepeace Thackeray They are of their nature warlike, predatory, eager for fight, plunder, dominion. Jonathan Swift by William Makepeace Thackeray

Edith Wharton His visitor, fresh and handsome as his photograph, and dressed in exactly the right clothes for the hour and the occasion, held out an eager hand. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Herman Melville While Captain Delano was thus made the mark of all eager tongues, his one eager glance took in all faces, with every other object about him. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

Henry James She was a small, eager woman, with a pale, troubled face, which added to her apparent age. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]