1 But their officious inquisitiveness was not gratified.
2 If by any officious exertions of his, she is induced to leave Henry's protection, there will be much less chance of his marrying her than if she remain with him.
3 One hates to be officious, to be giving bad impressions, making mischief.
4 I was in the mood for being useful, or at least officious, I think, for I now drew near him again.
5 The fact is, that you were sick of civility, of deference, of officious attention.
6 At that instant she knew that in running away she had merely hidden her doubts behind the officious stir of travel.
7 Heyward had too recently witnessed a frightful instance of the prompt punishments of the people into whose hands he had fallen to hazard an exposure by any officious boldness.
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8 He therefore dined very silently, in spite of the officious attention of his host, who presented himself two or three times to inquire if he wanted anything.
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9 Even if some unduly officious person insist upon a trial, neighborly comity will probably make his conviction sure, and then the labor due the county can easily be bought by the master.
10 This category represented the more respectable officials of the town.
11 Did any one happen to mention Customs officials and inspectors, from that moment he expatiated as though he too had been both a minor functionary and a major.
12 Nor were the President of the Local Council and the Postmaster overlooked; until the company had run through the whole list of urban officials.
13 And in every case those officials appeared to be persons of the highest possible merit.
14 Approaching the first desk which he happened to encounter, Chichikov inquired of the two young officials who were seated at it whether they would kindly tell him where business relating to serf-indenture was transacted.
15 Chichikov perceived that the officials' motive was merely one of curiosity, as often happens when young tchinovniks desire to cut a more important and imposing figure than is rightfully theirs.