Phrases with "keen"

From the path along the levee there burst forth a jubilant, stirring, buoyant, thrilling whistle, loud and keen and clear as the cleanest notes of the piccolo. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Now quick as the lightning-flash, now placid, or keen as the sharpest blade, are his thoughts. The March of Man by Maksim Gorky

Theodore Dreiser Come quick! Drive them in here!” Her hair was blowy, her face a keen pink, her eyes an electric blue by contrast. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Arnold Bennett She regarded — surreptitiously — his face, with a keen sense of pleasure. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

R. D. Blackmore The keen wind following the curves of land, and shaking the fringe of every white-clad bush, piped (like a boy through a comb) wherever stock or stub divided it. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Charles Dickens A keen wind was blowing, and rushed against them fiercely: bleaching the hard ground, shaking the white frost from the trees and hedges, and whirling it away like dust. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

E. Phillips Oppenheim His indignation against the man, kindled almost into passionate anger by his mother’s story, was forgotten, overshadowed by a keen thrill of personal disappointment. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

H. G. Wells You know the keen face of a rat, those two sharp teeth, those pitiless eyes. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Before my little girl is four years older, you will be a man, Arundel — with a man’s intellect, a man’s courage, and, above all, a man’s keen sense of honour. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Margaret Oliphant Arthur did not go out all that Monday. Even in the house a certain excitement was visible to Mrs. Vincent’s keen observation. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Of course you may say that it is all rather idiotic; that I am so keen on work that I am imagining all sorts of things which don’t exist. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Such keen tingling, thrilling perceptions were never mine before. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Lavendale’s keen eye noted that it began early in the previous century, and that the handwriting was uniform throughout, though the colour of the ink varied. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

It was not a comfortable tree to climb, for its grey-green branches were studded with wens each armed with a keen prickle, long and tough. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Edith Wharton To these interests he added a keen love of art and letters, and that highly specialized knowledge of books and of their makers which made of him one of the most accomplished bibliophiles of his day. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

This was William Sharpey, Professor of Physiology, an original man with a keen eye for originality in others. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Algernon Blackwood I thought of the lone Pentland ridges, and of the sea, lying calm and still outside beneath the same sheet of silver, the air of night all keen and fragrant. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

She was at that time a charming young lady of eighteen; infantile in manners, though possessed of keen wit, keen feelings, and a keen temper, too, if irritated. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

If he walked out with his bull-terrier, it was generally to Bagley Wood, where a pretty, dizened gipsy girl named Selina told fortunes; and henceforward he took a keen interest in Selina’s race. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Oscar Wilde Mr. Walker has the keen artistic instinct that comes out of actually working in the art of which he spoke. Arts and Crafts by Oscar Wilde [1888]

Richard Burton He has for treachery a keen scent, which he requires to keep in exercise. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

John Galsworthy Bidding him ‘Good night’ at the foot of the stairs, she felt a keen pleasure at the dashed look on his face, and an equally keen sense that she was ‘a beast. Over the River by John Galsworthy

William Hope Hodgson Also, I knew how quickly his keen ears would detect the presence of any unwelcome creature, should there be such, amid the darkness that wrapped us. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

George Gissing Haven’t you something to do with it?’ She durst not watch him, but a change of his countenance was distinctly perceptible, and for the moment caused her a keen gratification. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Anthony Trollope Though he had been so keen after the sausage, he was above taking a bribe in such a matter as this. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Poor Nicolou was a perfectly unlettered and untutored genius, and for that reason, perhaps, a keen listener to tales of terror. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Susanna Rowson He kissed her cheek, and bidding her not make herself uneasy, unable to bear the silent but keen remonstrance, hastily left her. Charlotte Temple by Susanna Rowson [1791]

After breakfast and a turn round the stables, blest if Starlight and Mr. Knightley didn’t have out the cards again, and at it they went as fresh and keen as ever. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

The reason for this inappropriate match probably lay deeper than the desire to astonish the people of Berlin, for Pückler, with all his surface romanticism, had a keen eye to the main chance. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Sigismond Trottier, from whose keen wit Heathcote had hoped for such valuable aid, had broken down altogether. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Olaf Stapledon I was shocked and bewildered by his lack of intelligent grasp of the very problems which formerly his keen wit had illuminated for me. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

James Payn The words were indistinct, and uttered with difficulty, but on every ear within that room they smote with the most keen significance. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Henry James He had moments of keen enjoyment; he laid up a great store of impressions and even a considerable sum of knowledge. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Robert Louis Stevenson Keen pleasure and keen grief Give place to great relief: Farewell my tears! Still sounds toward me float; I hear the bird’s small note, Sheep from the far sheepcote, And lowing steers. New Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson

I knew I was taking immense risks, but I was so keen on my plan that I disregarded them. Greenmantle by John Buchan

He directed first towards the jury a brief and keen glance, and his eyes then rested full, and with a stern significance, on the face of his judge. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

I lost my knowledge and I am yet alive raising the keen over your body, but it was too heavy for you, my little knowledge. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

Henry James The keen resentment had faded from his face, but an immense reproach was there — a heavy, helpless, appealing reproach. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Nor was Miss Pillby’s keen eye slow to discover for which lamb those ardent looks were intended. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Charles Kingsley Tom was no artist, and knew no more of painting, in spite of his old friendship with Claude, than was to be expected of a keen and observant naturalist who had seen half the globe. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Robert Louis Stevenson From its subtle windings and changes of level there arises a keen and continuous interest, that keeps the attention ever alert and cheerful. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Charles Dickens Not with pleasure, though I was bound to him by so many ties; no; with considerable disturbance, some mortification, and a keen sense of incongruity. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Her whole being was a keen fine awareness. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

George Gissing Not long ago he had become acquainted with one Geldershaw, a man somewhat older than himself, personally most attractive, and very keen in business. Humplebee by George Gissing

There were eyes keen enough to read that. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Antonia watched and listened with a keen interest, enduring the heated atmosphere of the crowd as best she might. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Henry James His eyes, large and deep-set, had a kind of auburn glow, the suggestion of a keen metal red-hot — or, more plainly, were full of temper and spirit. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

There we were, tucked in with two rugs and cradled, so to speak, between sea and sky, while the keen air whistling past increased our sense of solitude. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

George Gissing With keen anxiety Alma followed every detail. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Leon Trotsky He used the Marxian methods skilfully, was possessed of wide vision, and kept a keen eye on everything of importance in world events. My Life by Leon Trotsky

George Meredith He might be, as he had said, keen as a woman where his own instincts were in action; but they were ineffective in guessing at the cause for Percy’s sudden depression. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

D. H. Lawrence But Connie was not keen on going to London, and being steered into the smart world by Lady Bennerley. She didn’t feel really smart, it wasn’t interesting. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle These valleys and ravines which branch out of the main pass are alive with Afridis and Pathans, who are keen robbers as well as religious fanatics. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

As if waking from a dream, Vincent looked up, and Dan met the gaze of two very keen dark eyes, whose expression was anything but amiable. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

She had not been outside the house since her husband’s departure, and the keen wintry air revived her jaded spirits. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

And neither cook nor underlings could be trusted unless Madame was there with her keen bright eyes overlooking everything. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Helen Zimmern It was at school she developed her keen penetration into the motives that sway actions. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Holding him there still with that strong pressure of his sinewy hands, he swore a great oath that rolled like thunder down the hard, keen air. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

For though everything is subject to the pattern, yet the pattern itself expresses a keen delight in the objects of which it is composed. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Margaret Oliphant He gave her a look of keen wonder, and then said with a sort of smile— “Ah, that is true!” Then in a moment his voice was heard over the crowd. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Arthur Conan Doyle From her perch upon his wrist she had watched with fierce, keen eyes the birds in the heaven, mantling herself from time to time in her eagerness. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Arnold Bennett But he never would, though a keen satirical critic of the Local Board in private. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

The old boy’s seventy-live, and weak and shaky in his legs, but in his mind he’s as keen and alert as he ever was and, except in the matter of his paintings, he’s a shrewd and capable old man. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

D. H. Lawrence Mr. May was very keen on the procession. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

William Hope Hodgson But, as I shall here explain; after that time, I kept mine ears newly keen unto hearing; and did chide my Spirit, for that it had not taken account of that Sound a great while earlier. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

George MacDonald As I was turning my ring about to catch the response of the star to the sun, I spied a keen black eye gazing at me out of the milky misty blue. Lilith by George MacDonald

It makes you a little less keen somehow, about defeating him. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Anthony Trollope They may ride one after another, and that, indeed, suffices for many a keen sportsman; but I am now addressing the youth who is ambitious of riding to hounds. Hunting Sketches by Anthony Trollope

A keen looking, hawk-faced man, who, I learned afterwards, was Professor of Mathematics at the Adelaide University, was most interested, and asked me what sort of game the old man played. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Ivan Turgenev Maria Nikolaevna turned a keen look upon him. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

This strongly built, ill-dressed man, with his keen brown deeply scarred face and crooked mouth, was unknown to her. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

The sweet, keen breeze made me shiver, and the northern sky, from which my blinding southern sun was blazing, was as hard as sapphire. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

G. K. Chesterton Hump, circulate the bottle—I mean the cask—and let us have some of this poetry you’re so keen about. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Mrs. Vickers — lay-figure and noodle as she was — had the keen instinct of approaching danger, which is in her sex a sixth sense. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Abraham Merri And since you and I— together —” He paused meaningly, as had the Viking. The Norseman nodded, then again shot that keen side glance at him. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Edith Wharton Ann Eliza’s powers of observation had never been as keen as Evelina’s, when the latter was not too self-absorbed to exert them. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton [1916]

Jack London As I passed him, I shot a keen look at his face; then I whirled around abruptly and confronted — the Bishop. He halted with equal abruptness, and gasped. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Babalatchi took in the courtyard with a keen glance of his solitary eye, and without looking down at the old woman muttered a question. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle Think of Anglo-German competition, for example — or the Persian Gulf that my old chief was so keen about. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

With her my pleasure is so keen that my heart often finds itself diverted at least, if not touched, a state of things that impairs the accuracy of observations. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Helen Zimmern Her heroes and heroines moving in the dismal round of inanities, miscalled diversions, are portraits touched up with nice care in detail, with a keen eye for subtleties and demi-tints. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

In these moments of keen grief, his pallor assumed a greenish hue. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Her enjoyment of the free, roving life was almost as keen as theirs, while her capacity for planning an agreeable day, and her foresight in the commissariat department, far exceeded that of youth. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Theodore Dreiser Robert’s keen blue eyes did not disturb him in the least — did not affect him in any way. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Hateful, humiliating words! Yet there was a keen rapture in repeating them. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

The guard flashed a keen glance from my face to Jelf’s, and back again to mine. The Four-Fifteen Express by Amelia B. Edwards

William Hope Hodgson Yet we were mightily keen to know even so much as such odd scraps might tell unto us. The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” by William Hope Hodgson

William Morris He looked on her a little and then turned away, and saw her sword lying on the grass; so he went to it and picked it up and brought it to her, and said: Thou mayst yet need this keen friend. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Upon this, the unhappy nobleman, under too keen a sense of wounded honor, and perhaps with an exaggerated notion of the evils attached to his indiscretion, destroyed himself. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She looked him over with keen but kindly interest. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

The shops of the little side-streets made as keen an appeal as those of the great streets. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

George Eliot The mortification which had come like a bruise to all the sensibilities that had been in keen activity, insisted on some relief. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Charles Dickens Towards daybreak, we came among the snow, where a keen wind was blowing fiercely. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

Theodore Dreiser The trouble with Lester was that he had reached the time where he was not as keen for details as he had formerly been. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

James Joyce A keen east wind hit them, blowing from the mouth of the river. Dubliners by James Joyce

Charles Dickens The barrister was keen enough to divine that the banker would not have gone so far in his expression of opinion on any less solid ground than moral certainty. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

I can face it, like any other future, but in order to make me keen it must have a point. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle There were ten thousand rebels round us, and they were as keen as a set of terriers round a rat-cage. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

But the eyes were the same as before, keen and kindly and shrewd, and there was no change in the firm set of the jaw. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Edgar Rice Burroughs A muscular hand shot out and grasped the hairy throat, and another plunged a keen hunting knife a dozen times into the broad breast. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Elizabeth Gaskell But Pastor Nolan was not a keen observer upon this occasion; he was absorbed with his own little wonders and perplexities. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

He was as keen as knives to show us how he could take care of his purple diamonds; and, do you know, Bunny, I was as keen as knives to see. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Theodore Dreiser A strong physical nature, actuated by a keen desire for the feminine, was the next. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

William Hazlitt His keen passions seem whetted on their stony hearts. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

George Meredith After breakfast on the morning of the 17th Seymour Austin looked her in the eyes longer than it is customary for ladies to have to submit to keen inspection. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Bobby Lancaster’s fallen behind a bit, although he’s as keen as ever. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

His keen grey eye, impersonal and brusque, flashed upon her half impatiently. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Her sense of disappointment was keen, but not so keen as the sense of her self-abasement. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

And she appreciated it; her mind bristled with keen points, upon which any ideas let loose were caught in a flash. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

The keen old eyes clouded over with tears as her lips touched him, and the tremulous old hands were joined in prayer that God and the Saints might reward her piety. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

H. G. Wells And behold! even as I laughed the keen point of things accomplished stabbed my mirth, and I was weeping, weeping aloud, convulsed with weeping, and the tears were pouring down my face. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Dinner over and with no one apparently keen on any cards, the rest of the evening was passed in conversation and music. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Anthony Trollope I’m not very keen for so many changes. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson He had not felt so keen about the affairs of daily life since Lucia had buried herself in her bereavement. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Algernon Blackwood This keen atmosphere under the stars where men thought only of their souls, and of the souls of others, was too rarefied for the world he was now associated with. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Both seemed to approach the business with a keen sense of romance; and I believe this was the chief attraction, at least with Fowler — for whom I early conceived a sentiment of liking. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

A look from D’Artagnan, a look as keen and piercing as a sword-blade, found nothing in the heart of the old man but a simple confidence—on his features, nothing but satisfaction and indifference. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

James Joyce Gundogs of all breeds were beagling with renounced urbiandor- bic bugles, hot to run him, given law, on a scent breasthigh, keen for the worry. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Thomas Hardy His eye, which glared so strangely through his stain, was in itself attractive — keen as that of a bird of prey, and blue as autumn mist. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Arthur Conan Doyle He has a keen sense of humour, breaking out beyond all decorum in some of his stories, but giving a pleasant sub-flavour to all of them. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Strong will and keen perception overpower old manners, and create new; and the thought of the present moment has a greater value than all the past. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

I hope you have not been lonesome,” she continued, with a keen searching of my face which I bore in the best way I could. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

He had a knack of asking damaging questions, and seemed almost as keen on financial subjects as his illustrious chief. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

You ask if she had beauty’s grace? I know not — but a nobler face My eyes have seldom seen; A keen and fine intelligence, And, better still, the truest sense Were in her speaking mien. Poems by Currer Bell by Charlotte Bronte [1846]

I’m keen about the sea, and I think they’re apt to be a bit slack at home,’ he continued inconsequently. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Thomas Hardy A keen observer might have been inclined to think — which was, indeed, partly the truth — that he had relinquished his proper station in life for want of interest in it. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

I myself was conscious of a sort of vague, confused desire, the object of which I could not make out, and I took a keen delight in running my hand over those pure, delicate lines. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

A. E. W. Mason The wind blew keen and cold from the north. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Adam Lindsay Gordon Strict stipulation was made, of course, That, except ourselves, neither man nor horse Should enter your gates — they were keen to shun The chance of increasing your garrison. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

George Meredith She was under the spell of an excitement too keen and quick to be subdued, by the sombre terrors of a tragedy enacted in a house that she had known. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Algernon Blackwood He took the chair that was offered to him between two of the Brothers, and sat down, feeling vaguely that his perceptions were not quite as keen and accurate as usual. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Marjorie Bowen For the first time in her life she found that her usual cool, keen consideration of her own interests were confused by a rising passion. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

He turned, and Peter Wylie, hearty and keen like his father, stood him a drink in honour of his victory, which was already buzzed about the town. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

H. G. Wells He is generally self-indulgent, capable of keen enjoyment and quite capable of intemperance, but he has no invariable delights and no besetting sin. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

But his eye was as keen as ever, and he began to use that eye from the moment he passed the gates. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

D. H. Lawrence Only occasionally, hearing the winds of life outside, she clamoured to be out in the black, keen storm. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Those keen black eyes scrutinising her from under shaggy gray eyebrows, that cadaverous countenance with its lantern jaws, seemed to her as the face of a grinning fiend. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Ann Radcliffe If countenance, too, might be trusted, this same friar had a ruffian’s heart, and his keen and cunning eye seemed habitually upon the watch for prey. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Caroline Lamb Wild fancy, stimulated by keen sensibility and restless activity of mind, without employment, render her easy to be approached, and easy to be influenced and worked upon. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

George Meredith Glorious men, with heads of eagles, Chopping arms, and cupboard lips; Warriors, hunters, keen as beagles, Mounted aye on horse or ships. Ballads and Poems of Tragic Life by George Meredith [1887]

Arnold Bennett Her sympathy for Sarah Gailey was as keen as ever, but it had a different quality — an anguish less desolating. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

James Joyce But now, after the kindling again of so many memories, the first touch of her body, musical and strange and perfumed, sent through him a keen pang of lust. Dubliners by James Joyce

George Meredith The likeness between them was, she felt, too flamingly keen to be looked at further. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

In fact, a keen delight filled her heart at the thought of journeying together through the land of the sun, living side by side, and profiting by the hours of freedom. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

George Gissing The will was already known to her in every detail, and she harboured a keen suspicion of the secret which lay behind it. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

He looked about him with an eager, keen glance. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Anthony Trollope If he be a gig-horse, the owner of him will be keen to drive a gig; if a hunter, the happy possessor will wish to be with a pack of hounds. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett Yet Edwin was more than ever conscious of a keen desire to telegraph at once. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

John Morley Voltaire, in this as in too much besides, was content with a keen and rapid glance at the surface. Voltaire by John Morley

D. H. Lawrence In the finely breathing, keen wind they stood and watched the yellow sun sink in crimson and disappear. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Willa Cather When they arrived at the house, Imogen looked about her with keen curiosity, for this was veritably the work of Flavia’s hands, the materialization of hopes long deferred. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Yet thou flee'st not above my keen iambics. Poems and Fragments by Catullus

But Robinson Crusoe at once became a popular hero, and Defoe was too keen a man of business to miss the chance of further profit from so lucrative a vein. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

He was reputed to be extraordinarily skilful in his trade; I know for a fact that he was in his way a keen sportsman; and his few neighbours gave him credit for a sincere piety. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

Tobias Smolle He found her heart incapable of disguise or dissimulation; frank, generous, and open; susceptible of the most tender impressions; glowing with a keen sense of honour, and melting with humanity. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Instead, he spoke now as an experienced man of the world, who had been brought in contact with many celebrities in his time, and had acquired a keen insight into human nature, generally. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

The light showed a pale, square-jawed face with keen eyes, and a little white scar near his right eyebrow. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

G. K. Chesterton But his face, amid all these quixotic relics, appeared curiously keen and modern — a powerful, legal face. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Lawyer Ball, a keen man, who had well weighed all points in the tale imparted to him by Richard, as well as other points, had colored them with his own deductions, and spoke accordingly. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Edith Wharton Miss Bart was a keen reader of her own heart, and she saw that her sudden preoccupation with Selden was due to the fact that his presence shed a new light on her surroundings. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Jack London For we lived on the heights, where the air was keen and sparkling, where the toil was for humanity, and where sordidness and selfishness never entered. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

The free moorlands were prison walls, and the keen hill air was the breath of a dungeon. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

H. G. Wells The aeropile curved about, and the keen fresh wind cut across Graham’s face and his garment lugged at his body as the stem pointed round to the west. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

She was a sharp observer of the fiddle-faddle of daily life; she had a keen scent for evil motives underlying simple actions. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Before long we arrived at a very great height, and we began to feel the difference in the temperature: the air had become keen and chilly, and our thin clothes did not afford us sufficient warmth. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Jonathan Swif I am not near so keen about other people’s affairs as . The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Anthony Trollope The Duchess, newly a duchess then and very keen in reference to her husband’s rank, had instigated him to demand the ribbon as his right. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson Some of his work was done; for already there had been Dutch teachers admitted into Nangasaki, and the country at large was keen for the new learning. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins The Jesuit’s keen eyes took the same direction. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

William Makepeace Thackeray The horrid pang was there, as keen and as fresh as ever. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Edith Wharton Gladys Toy’s cheeks were as smooth as nectarines; and the keen morning light had shown him that she wasn’t in the least made up. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

It appeared that the Prince was a keen fisherman, and Count Casimir an ardent snipe shot, and the offer of the Callowa and the Blae Moss was enthusiastically received. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Walter Scott While the Duke spoke to him, either from humility or some other cause, his large serious eye was cast down upon the ground; but he raised it when he answered, with a keen look of earnest observation. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Arnold Bennett Disappointment, keen but brief, resulted. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Sinclair Lewis He picked out a keen old man and tried to make him laugh and marvel. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Miles Franklin She turned energetically in her chair, and her keen eyes flashed with scorn and anger as she spoke. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

He had good taste too, and a keen sense of the incongruous. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Margaret Oliphant And the other has the same sentiment, ‘Neither frightened for hell nor keen about heaven. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Sidney Colvin He had, as Severn assures us, a keen natural instinct for the arts both of painting and music. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The air is keen and crisp, full of a healthful buoyancy which many a time has had its effect upon my spirits. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

George Gissing The allusion had come so unexpectedly that it caused him keen pleasure. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

D. H. Lawrence He turned sharply away with a motion of keen disappointment, set the engines of the car into action, mounted, and drove quickly away. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

He was not a man gifted with a keen sense of humour, and was not at all clear in his own mind that the old lady was not amusing herself at his expense. Mr. Ely’s Engagement by Richard Marsh

He is not equal to great occasions, and might fail just for the lack of a keen mind to direct him. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Margaret Oliphant It was not like the sharp and keen dialogue of last night, in which, though all went on within his own spirit, there were two minds engaged, himself and another. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

H.P. Lovecraft His blue eyes, though a trifle bloodshot, seemed inexplicably keen and burning. The Picture in the House by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

H.P. Lovecraft Don’t ask me, either, what lay behind that mole-like scrambling Pickman was so keen to pass off as rats. Pickman’s Model by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

D. H. Lawrence She looked up in keen anticipation at his entry. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells And I got very keen on social justice and the prevention of war. The Croquet Player by H. G. Wells [1936]

Elizabeth Gaskell Then he turned to scan me with his keen glance. The Poor Clare by Elizabeth Gaskell [1856]

He would have drunk foul water with almost as keen a relish. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Arnold Bennett In her glittering keen eyes were both envy and naïve admiration of her brother. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

I don’t know anything about Dicky.” “I saw Dicky run out to the garden first, and you went next,” persisted Charlotte, who was just as keen as steel. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

Jack London The wildest was not so wild as I, the keenest not so keen, of all that wild, keen trading crowd. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Henry Kingsley She’s raising the keen over the cold hearthstone. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

In this case Levy would see how frightfully keen poor old Garland was about his boy — to do him properly and, above all, not to let him see what an effort it’s become. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

A keen race-goer, she had two good jumpers of her own and superintended not a little of their training herself. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

It strikes with its middle toe, and that toe is a lance, keen if not bright. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Edith Wharton But his disappointment was too keen to be denied, and after a pause he said: “Could I not speak with Mrs. Westmore later?” Mr. Tredegar’s cool survey deepened to a frown. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Thomas Hardy She would see how his heart lay by keen observation of them all. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy