1 He was all attention in an instant.
2 He threw his entire attention upon his work, now, as if determined not to be put down by the mirth.
3 By and by attention ceased from him, and the accustomed school murmur rose upon the dull air once more.
4 At breakfast, Monday morning, Aunt Polly and Mary were very loving to Tom, and very attentive to his wants.
5 He hunted up Jim Hollis, who called his attention to the precious blessing of his late measles as a warning.
6 His soul was at peace, now that he had settled with Sid for calling attention to his black thread and getting him into trouble.
7 Now, children, I want you all to sit up just as straight and pretty as you can and give me all your attention for a minute or two.
8 Diligence and attention soon gave him the knack of it, and he strode down the street with his mouth full of harmony and his soul full of gratitude.
9 In due course the superintendent stood up in front of the pulpit, with a closed hymn-book in his hand and his forefinger inserted between its leaves, and commanded attention.
10 He returned, now, and hung about the fence till nightfall, "showing off," as before; but the girl never exhibited herself again, though Tom comforted himself a little with the hope that she had been near some window, meantime, and been aware of his attentions.
11 By-and-by, fatigue began to assert its claims; the children tried to pay attention, for it was dreadful to think of sitting down when time was grown to be so precious, moving, in some direction, in any direction, was at least progress and might bear fruit; but to sit down was to invite death and shorten its pursuit.