Phrases with "keenest"

He was watching his own child, who was staring at the intruder with looks of keenest interest. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Yet Dominey, his perceptive powers at their very keenest in this moment which instinct told him was one of crisis, felt the unspoken, unbetokened recognition which passed between them. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

She seemed so happy that it looked almost like a cowardly action to tell her what I knew only too well would cause her the keenest pain she had known since my father died. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

But, far from taking any so decisive a step, it was not without the keenest self-reproach that she found her thoughts constantly following in the young traveller’s footsteps. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Andrew Lang That secret, for many years, caused the keenest anxiety to Louis XIV. and Louvois. Saint–Mars himself must not pry into it. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

John Morley Burke had watched all movements in his native country, from the Whiteboy insurrection of 1761 downwards, with steady vigilance, and he watched the new movement of 1792 with the keenest eyes. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Rudyard Kipling What can Blood and Iron make more than we have made? We have learned by keenest use to know each other’s mind. The Years Between by Rudyard Kipling [1919]

Jules Verne Lady Helena and Mary Grant, concealing their alarm, conversed in a low voice with Glenarvan, and the keenest physiognomists would have failed to see any anxiety in their faces. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

George Elio The keenest eye will not serve, unless you have the delicate fingers, with their subtle nerve filaments, which elude scientific lenses, and lose themselves in the invisible world of human sensations. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Theodore Dreiser She could see that Drouet did not have the keenest sensibilities. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

This is a truth, as old as the hills, That life and experience teach: The poor man suffers that keenest of ills, An impediment of his reach. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Anthony Trollope To hear him talk about it you’d think he was the keenest man in England across a country. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Did Mrs. Vickers complain of the instability of her brushwood hut, it was Rufus Dawes who worked a wicker shield, and plastering it with clay, produced a wall that defied the keenest wind. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They sat in the balcony at Ciro’s, and Rosina, besides enjoying her simple supper, watched the dancing below with the keenest interest. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

There was anger in his pleasure, and the pleasure that is mixed with anger often gives the keenest thrill. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Zona Gale My people live what others dream about, what scientists struggle to fathom, what the keenest philosophers and economists among you can not formulate. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

But in fact he had the keenest enjoyment of it. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

The fire—they shall be exposed to it morning and evening; and ‘on the day the Hour shall arise,’ enter, O people of Pharaoh! into the keenest torment. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Jules Verne Aouda took the keenest interest in his plans, and became impatient at any incident which seemed likely to retard his journey. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

George Eliot He was acting on hypothetic grounds, but this was the sort of action that had the keenest interest for his diplomatic mind. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Jules Verne A flag at her mast-head fluttered in the breeze, and towards this the two officers, with the keenest attention, respectively adjusted their focus. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

George Gissing A woman in tears was a sight which always caused him the keenest distress. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

He got off so cleverly as to baffle the keenest police in Europe.” “Did you know any thing of him?” “Nothing. He was a nobody, I believe. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Henry Handel Richardson The days that preceded the crisis were days of keenest anxiety. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

It was also evident that I had failed to add those expressions of affection linked to Carmel’s name which had been in my mind and awakened my keenest apprehension. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Eleanore herself — and it was the keenest pang I had to endurebelieved me guilty. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

George Meredith Did they not therefore judge me soundly? Ottilia was the keenest reader. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Theodore Dreiser There was the keenest rivalry for business as it was, with the Kane Company very much in the lead. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Jules Verne Three hours later and the keenest eye could not have discerned her top-sails above the horizon. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

George Elio Her keenest personal emotions had been poured forth in her early love — her wounded affection with its years of anguish — her agony of unavailing pity over that deathbed seven months ago. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Caroline Lamb Forgive her—pity her: and if they call it weakness in thee thus to weep, tell them that man is weak, and death dissolves the keenest enmities. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

H. G. Wells She had always been intelligently interested in the internal politics of Thunderstone House and she showed the keenest desire for my success there. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Rudyard Kipling It must satisfy alike the keenest vanity and the deepest self-knowledge of the present; it must satisfy also the most shameless curiosity of the future. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

George Gissing She kept at a little distance from him, and listened with the keenest interest to all he said. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Arnold Bennett In the twilight of the shop, lit only by a few starry holes in the shutters, and by the small side-window, not the keenest eye could have detected that flush. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

It is the superior sex for whom scandal has the keenest charm. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

George Eliot His good nature had taken off the keenest edge of her suffering, and nuts with cowslip wine began to assert their legitimate influence. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

George Gissing He seems to have come at this moment just because he knows that your fear of him will be keenest now. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

He took the keenest interest in the nature and ways of mankind; he liked to observe, to generalise in shrewd and sometimes cynical epigrams. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Anthony Trollope They who have not good coats themselves have the keenest eyes for the coats of their better-clad neighbours. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins It was one of my keenest letters. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Thomas Love Peacock But the system of dissuasion from all good learning is brought here to a pitch of perfection that baffles the keenest aspirant. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

George Eliot The keenest of all dread with her was lest her father should add to his present misfortune the wretchedness of doing something irretrievably disgraceful. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

What was it? Despair, remorse, regret? I know not; but it was a look of keenest anguish, of unutterable sorrow. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

Anthony Trollope A man with a wooden leg may stump about through much action, and may enjoy the keenest pleasures of humanity. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

I took t he keenest delight in every form of exercise: I could jump and run better than almost any boy of my age and in wrestling and a little later in boxing, was among the best in the school. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

H. G. Wells We fixed for him to come to dinner and he showed the keenest interest in planning the menu. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Shaw’s got two men at the end of the glade, but it’s the nearest coverts he is keenest on, because they can get a horse and cart up close to take the game, and get off sharp if they are surprised. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Florence Dixie The excitement grows every moment more intense, and I watch the close struggle going on with the keenest interest. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

But, thank God! you might gaze on mine For hours, and never know The secret changes of my soul From joy to keenest woe. Selections from Poems by Acton Bell by Anne Brontë [1846]

Anthony Trollope He could never be brought to buy an enemy by political gifts — would never be prone to silence his keenest opponent by making him his right hand supporter. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett Archibald takes the keenest interest in the school. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Arthur Conan Doyle On the other hand, a man should be at his very best and keenest for such nice work as that, and I did not wish to do it when fagged by a long journey. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Jack London Through his recital she had followed every word with keenest interest. Lost Face by Jack London

D. H. Lawrence He was by far the strongest personality in the place, and he had the keenest intelligence. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Anthony Trollope But they thoroughly trusted each other; and the happiness, prosperity, and, above all, the honour of the one were, to the other, matters of keenest moment. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

H. G. Wells And we have to serve it with the keenest thought, the utmost patience, inordinate veracity. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

She appeared to be passing through some crisis which occasioned her the keenest suffering. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

This last fact bore the keenest sting of all, and the Squire paced the hall in a fury. Caramel Cottage by Ellen Wood [1885]

William Henry Hudson Her eyes dwelt lovingly on me, and her keenest suffering, and the unfortunate blundering expressions I frequently let fall, seemed equally powerless to wring one harsh or impatient word from her. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

Walter Scott It seemed to her as if she were the prize, for the disposal of which the benign saint and vindictive fiend were now to play their last and keenest game. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

H.P. Lovecraft This legend had the effect of dispelling my keenest impatience to enter the vault, for it made me feel that the time was not yet ripe. The Tomb (Jun 1917) by H.P. Lovecraft [1917]

Margaret Oliphant She had the keenest powers of vision, and even could understand, when thus excited, characters of a higher tone than her own. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

H. G. Wells Fanny took the keenest interest in my work and displayed an extraordinary understanding of its conditions. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

There, a half-undressed and extremely pretty woman received our hero with respect, which gave him the keenest pleasure; he hastened to inform her that he was dying of hunger. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

I dismissed the youngest and keenest of my troop in search of the fugitive. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Arthur Conan Doyle But all the time I was taking the very keenest notice of everything which might possibly help me. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Of my own solitary childhood I retain the keenest recollection, as the following pages will show. Monsieur Maurice by Amelia B. Edwards [1873]

Thomas Hardy He took out Edward’s note, the accounts, the rosebud, and the photographs, regarding them with the keenest interest and anxiety. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Anthony Trollope I understand he has altogether thrown himself into Blake’s hands the keenest fellow in Ireland, with as much mercy as a foxhound. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle A course between such men would have been enough in itself to cause the keenest interest, apart from its being the crisis which would decide who should be the victors of the day. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Jules Verne At sunrise every telescope was pointed with keenest interest towards the center of attraction. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Hear what British Merlin sung, Of keenest eye and truest tongue. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Edgar Allan Poe After a little while I became possessed with the keenest curiosity about the whirl itself. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

Jane Austen Her keenest attention was awakened; she longed to hear more, and was grateful to her uncle for saying: “There are very few people of whom so much can be said. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Her keenest feeling at this moment was a sense of humiliation. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Arthur Schopenhauer The keenest sorrows and joys are not for her, nor is she called upon to display a great deal of strength. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

Theodore Dreiser There was something there — artistically, temperamentally, which was far and beyond the keenest suspicion of the herd. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

In these moments of excitement one cannot always bring one’s keenest wits to the fore. Caramel Cottage by Ellen Wood [1885]

Forty years of poverty is a long apprenticeship to the very hardest of masters — an apprenticeship calculated to give the keenest possible zest to newly-acquired wealth. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Violet looked at it with a curious half-reluctant glance that expressed the keenest pain. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Charles Dickens The excitement it produced was not of a pleasurable kind, for her manner at such times expressed the keenest anxiety and dread; but it never faded in the least degree. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

He held the door open for her mutely, with the keenest pang his pleasant life had ever brought him, and she passed out and down the dingy stairs. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

The young woman whom they had all perceived standing in the door a moment before had vanished, yet she was known to possess the keenest curiosity of any one in town. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

I leave the place where all my life has passed amid continual and unmerited kindness with the keenest anguish. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anne Bronte I declare, we old ‘uns are the keenest sportsmen of the lot!’ ‘I’ll show you what I can do to-day, however,’ said my companion. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Thomas Hardy The big tidings rather dazed than crushed him, his predominant feeling being soon again one of keenest sorrow and sympathy. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Neither can the keenest eye detect any vestige of that delicate film of stucco with which the Egyptians invariably prepared their surfaces for painting. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Anthony Trollope There were three or four in the Weights and Measures who felt all this with the keenest anxiety. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Sigismond Trottier listened with keenest interest. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

They were at once the deepest puzzle, the strongest obstruction, and the keenest stimulus, I had ever felt. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Arthur Conan Doyle I looked also, but although I have the keenest sight, it was quite impossible to see anything except the ragged patches of moonshine between the great black shadows of the trees. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

George Gissing What he had heard, innocent and meaningless as it would have sounded to any less interested auditor, inflicted upon him the keenest torture. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]