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earnest

Contract law something given, usually a nominal sum of money, to confirm a contract
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Quite unconscious, however, of the effect he produced, he trotted on beside his secretary, talking to himself nearly all the way, until they came within a mile or two of London, when now and then some passenger went by who knew him by sight, and pointed him out to some one else, and perhaps stood looking after him, or cried in jest or earnest as it might be, 'Hurrah Geordie
I told her I loved her hugely,' says he, 'but I could never make the jade believe I was in earnest.
Betts Shoreham is very agreeable, every way a suitable connection for any of us, and that is the reason people are so ready to fancy him in earnest.
General Armstrong had found out that there was quite a number of young coloured men and women who were intensely in earnest in wishing to get an education, but who were prevented from entering Hampton Institute because they were too poor to be able to pay any portion of the cost of their board, or even to supply themselves with books.
She glanced up again at his earnest, questioning face, with its Saxon eyes and drooping flaxen mustache, in some doubt as to whether he might be joking.
Some girls, addressed with this reckless intermingling of jest and earnest, would have felt confused, and some would have felt flattered.
But that would be pauperizing them," said an earnest girl, who liked the Schlegels, but thought them a little unspiritual at times.
Eugene,' said he, 'if I could find you in earnest for a minute, I would try to say an earnest word to you.
I may change my mind and be in earnest, too; and then how will you feel, Mr.
Glimpses do ye seem to see of that mortally intolerable truth; that all deep, earnest thinking is but the intrepid effort of the soul to keep the open independence of her sea; while the wildest winds of heaven and earth conspire to cast her on the treacherous, slavish shore?