alacrity

Definition: Cheerful willingness

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Sons and Lovers - By David Herbert Lawrence
...Immediately he had finished tea he rose with alacrity to go out ....
Two Bites at a Cherry - By Thomas Bailey Aldrich
...Lawyer Penhallow undertook the business with alacrity; but the alacrity was all on his side, for there were thousands of yards of red tape to be unrolled at Washington before anything in that sort could be done ....
Notes on Novelists - By Henry James
...Madame Sand 's genius and renown would have long ago made her a subject at home if alacrity in such a connection had been to be dreamed of ....
The Scarlet Letter - By Nathaniel Hawthorne, Joseph Hatton
...Whenever such a mischance occurred,--when a wagon-load of valuable merchandise had been smuggled ashore, at noonday, perhaps, and directly beneath their unsuspicious noses,--- nothing could exceed the vigilance and alacrity with which they proceeded to lock, and double-lock, and secure with tape and sealing-wax, all the avenues of the delinquent vessel ....
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - By Mark Twain, American Publishing Company
...Tom gave up the brush with reluctance in his face but alacrity in his heart ....
Pride and Prejudice - By Jane Austen
...He carved and ate and praised with delighted alacrity; and every dish was commended first by him, and then by Sir William, who was now enough recovered to echo whatever his son-in-law said, in a manner...
Gulliver's Travels - By Jonathan Swift, Ernest Bernbaum
...At last I fixed upon a resolution, for which it is probable I may incur some censure, and not unjustly; for I confess I owe the preserving my eyes, and consequently my liberty, to my own great rashness and want of experience : because if I had then known the nature of ` princes and ministers, which I have since observed in many other courts, and their methods of treating criminals less obnoxious than myself, I should with great alacrity and readiness have submitted to so easy a punishment ....
A Tale of Two Cities - By Charles Dickens, Edward Chauncey Baldwin
..._ `` I willingly obey the orders of my Chief, " said The Vengeance with alacrity, and kissing her cheek ....
Wuthering Heights - By Emily Bront
...`` He turns you adrift on the world with surprising alacrity . "...
The Age of Innocence - By Edith Wharton
...The old du Lac aunts at Rhinebeck had put their house at the disposal of the bridal couple, with a readiness inspired by the prospect of spending a week in New York with Mrs. Archer; and Archer, glad to escape the usual `` bridal suite " in a Philadelphia or Baltimore hotel, had accepted with an equal alacrity ....
Sense and Sensibility - By Jane Austen
...Lucy directly drew her work-table near her, and reseated herself with an alacrity and cheerfulness which seemed to infer that she could taste no greater delight than in making a filigree basket for a spoilt child ....
Dracula - By Bram Stoker, Philip M. Parker, Poul Glargaard
...`` Certainly, " he replied with alacrity, and stood up to put it in train for speaking ....
The count of Monte-Cristo - By Alexandre Dumas
...And he renewed the flame of his lance with an alacrity which reminded one ot the Dionysian festivals among the ancient Cretans ....
Emma - By Jane Austen
...Emma was rather in dismay when only half a minute afterwards he began to speak of other things, and in a voice of the greatest alacrity and enjoyment ....
Northanger Abbey and Persuasion - By Jane Austen
...They were only asked, she was sure, because Lady Dalrymple, being kept at home by a bad cold, was glad to make use of the relationship which had been so pressed on her; and she declined on her own account with great alacrity,--" She was engaged to spend the evening with an old schoolfellow . "...
The Last of the Mohicans - By James Fenimore Cooper
...More than two thousand raving savages broke from the forest at the signal, and threw themselves across the fatal plain with instinctive alacrity ....