Don't joke; I mean to have a serious talk with you.
This is serious stuff.
"Are you serious?" she finally managed.
I am serious and fortunately in a perfect position to act.
I will go with you gladly soon, but I am just concluding a serious meditation.
Jake grew serious and sat in the spare chair in her cube.
He raised the topic as much to take Cynthia's mind off Martha's departure as from any serious concern about the old man.
Again on all the bright faces of the squadron the serious expression appeared that they had worn when under fire.
Before the countess could answer, Prince Andrew entered the room with an agitated and serious face.
While Betsy was dead serious, it remained a game in everyone else's mind except Howie.
When he didn't respond, I added, She'll have a hell of a headache but you guys both have some bridges in need of serious damage control.
"You're going to need some serious physical therapy," Wynn said and took a few notes.
While we kidded about selling Howie out for a million buck reward, the increased outside interest in our activities was a serious matter.
He could see I was getting serious, and he was afraid you would draw me away from my work.
Are you serious about Julie...
She was the one who had become serious - and with little encouragement on his part.
It could do serious harm to your so-called anonymity.
Betsy read a notice on the Internet a day later that the culprit was beaten and in serious condition, after allegedly resisting arrest.
He was Damian's size, though by his lopsided shoulders and scars, he'd survived some sort of serious injury.
His face with its long mustache was serious as always, only his eyes were brighter than usual.
I didn't mention his blossoming love life, but expressed concern over his serious problem of nightmares.
The gap in the abductions we're looking at is under ten years, meaning he was probably sent up for a lesser crime that could be anything from robbery, burglary, serious assault or rape.
However said, I'm forced to agree a serious relationship can't exist on a bed of lies.
This is a serious matter.
The caller was the husband of Howie's mother, his step-father, informing him that his mother had suffered a serious heart attack and was in critical condition.
I'd never noticed the camping area the rear when I'd come down to watch some serious softball.
He's not someone who bows to others, and a blood-bond is pretty serious, considering you were already mates.
His size was inadequate for any hopes of a serious basketball future but he was obviously a fine athlete.
One day as we left the library I noticed that she appeared more serious than usual, and I asked the cause.
In the cold, dreary month of February, when I was nineteen months old, I had a serious illness.
"I don't myself know 'to who,'" replied the cornet in a serious tone, "but the prince told me to 'go and tell the colonel that the hussars must return quickly and fire the bridge.'"
Her voice sounded so serious and so sad that the chirping of the birds was silenced at once.
Bagration seemed to say, and, fixing his weary eyes on the paper, began to read them with a fixed and serious expression.
"Well, now to the health of handsome women!" said Dolokhov, and with a serious expression, but with a smile lurking at the corners of his mouth, he turned with his glass to Pierre.
The countess looked with sad and sternly serious eyes at Prince Andrew when he talked to Natasha and timidly started some artificial conversation about trifles as soon as he looked her way.
Natasha sat down, listened to their talk with a serious and thoughtful air, and then got up again.
With Sonya's help and the maid's, Natasha got the glass she held into the right position opposite the other; her face assumed a serious expression and she sat silent.
After her life in the country, and in her present serious mood, all this seemed grotesque and amazing to Natasha.
The more emotional and ingratiating the expression of Natasha's face became, the more serious and stern grew Sonya's.
On the thirteenth of July the Pavlograds took part in a serious action for the first time.
Natasha's illness was so serious that, fortunately for her and for her parents, the consideration of all that had caused the illness, her conduct and the breaking off of her engagement, receded into the background.
After dinner the count settled himself comfortably in an easy chair and with a serious face asked Sonya, who was considered an excellent reader, to read the appeal.
The officer pointed with his hand to the smoke visible on the left beyond the river, and the same stern and serious expression that Pierre had noticed on many of the faces he had met came into his face.
Standing among the crowd of peasants, Pierre recognized several acquaintances among these notables, but did not look at them--his whole attention was absorbed in watching the serious expression on the faces of the crowd of soldiers and militiamen who were all gazing eagerly at the icon.
Having finished his second glass of punch, Napoleon went to rest before the serious business which, he considered, awaited him next day.
"Do you know, dear boy," began the governor's wife with a serious expression on her kind little face, "that really would be the match for you: would you like me to arrange it?"
They all three of them now experienced that feeling of awkwardness which usually follows after a serious and heartfelt talk.
When two people quarrel they are always both in fault, and one's own guilt suddenly becomes terribly serious when the other is no longer alive.
But to the old countess those contemporaries of hers seemed to be the only serious and real society.
He cautioned, looking far more serious than the situation to warrant.
That's not my field but I'm not sure if anyone is producing serious study.
We'd be accusing people of serious crimes!
A girl's life is in serious danger.
But this relationship has all the ingredients to put this project in serious jeopardy.
We all agreed Howie's nightmares were a serious problem.
I wouldn't deny one's right to fulfill love, but doing so will have serious consequences on an untold number of lives, even those you're saving.
They are a serious threat to him.
There is serious illness in her family.
While this Greenbriar Road property is not quite so inviting, a spring lock on a back door was no serious test.
The camping facilities were secondary to the main park functions, multiple ball fields, tennis courts and twenty-four horse shoe pits, for the serious pitcher.
The children running about are a serious temptation though I know this place is far too risky for what activities I have in mind.
Fifty one abductors are either in prison or awaiting trial on serious sexual offenses.
"Chill, Dusty, it's not that serious," Damian answered.
"We have a serious issue," Han said in a flat voice.
"Pierre," Sofia said with a serious note.
You're serious about keeping me.
He was serious about destroying the mortal world.
"You're serious," she murmured.
He was serious when he claimed to want her.
Cynthia gave him a hands-on-hips serious look.
Even in autocratic regimes, truth has a way of seeping in—which means today's dwindling crop of dictators has a serious problem.
When starting on a journey or changing their mode of life, men capable of reflection are generally in a serious frame of mind.
The officer evidently had complete control of his face, and while Kutuzov was turning managed to make a grimace and then assume a most serious, deferential, and innocent expression.
Several of those present smiled at Zherkov's words, expecting one of his usual jokes, but noticing that what he was saying redounded to the glory of our arms and of the day's work, they assumed a serious expression, though many of them knew that what he was saying was a lie devoid of any foundation.
She saw Prince Vasili's face, serious for an instant at the sight of her, but immediately smiling again, and the little princess curiously noting the impression "Marie" produced on the visitors.
If at first the members of the council thought that Kutuzov was pretending to sleep, the sounds his nose emitted during the reading that followed proved that the commander-in-chief at that moment was absorbed by a far more serious matter than a desire to show his contempt for the dispositions or anything else--he was engaged in satisfying the irresistible human need for sleep.
Pierre glanced at the serious faces of those around, remembered all he had already gone through, and realized that he could not stop halfway.
But at noon the adjutant of the regiment came into Rostov's and Denisov's dugout with a grave and serious face and regretfully showed them a paper addressed to Major Denisov from the regimental commander in which inquiries were made about yesterday's occurrence.
That face struck her by its peculiarly serious and concentrated expression.
Stolypin, stuttering, broke into the conversation and began excitedly talking of the abuses that existed under the former order of things--threatening to give a serious turn to the conversation.
He looked at her and was struck by the serious impassioned expression of her face.
After reaching home Nicholas was at first serious and even dull.
Nicholas, with a stern and serious air which showed that now was no time for attending to trifles, went past Natasha and Petya who were trying to tell him something.
He did not like to combine frivolity with the serious business of hunting.
Firmly resolved, after putting his affairs in order in the regiment, to retire from the army and return and marry Sonya, Nicholas, serious, sorrowful, and at variance with his parents, but, as it seemed to him, passionately in love, left at the beginning of January to rejoin his regiment.
He had the unfortunate capacity many men, especially Russians, have of seeing and believing in the possibility of goodness and truth, but of seeing the evil and falsehood of life too clearly to be able to take a serious part in it.
Prince Nicholas came in serious and taciturn.
Of late he had received so many new and very serious impressions--such as the retreat from Smolensk, his visit to Bald Hills, and the recent news of his father's death--and had experienced so many emotions, that for a long time past those memories had not entered his mind, and now that they did, they did not act on him with nearly their former strength.
Natasha quietly repeated her question, and her face and whole manner were so serious, though she was still holding the ends of her handkerchief, that the major ceased smiling and after some reflection-- as if considering in how far the thing was possible--replied in the affirmative.
In fact, however, though now much farther off than before, the Rostovs all saw Pierre--or someone extraordinarily like him--in a coachman's coat, going down the street with head bent and a serious face beside a small, beardless old man who looked like a footman.
He was collecting, as he said, a serious library, and he made it a rule to read through all the books he bought.
She was confused and a little annoyed by a growing desire for a more serious relationship.
You'd better give this some serious thought.
I agreed with Merrill Cooms to give the matter serious thought.
There was a serious note in his voice that made her stop.
These spires were like great spear-points, and if they tumbled upon one of them they were likely to suffer serious injury.
That is serious money!
I asked him once if he was not sometimes tired at night, after working all day; and he answered, with a sincere and serious look, "Gorrappit, I never was tired in my life."
He probably thought she was getting serious about him as well.
He was serious, and she gaped at him.
We laughed until we cried, she was so serious about it.
This has to be a serious deterrent to Japan (as an example).
In spite, however, of these advantages, there were serious drawbacks to my progress.
It is only the serious eye peering from and the sincere life passed within it which restrain laughter and consecrate the costume of any people.
Pierre drove up to the house of the old prince in a most serious mood.
I've gone two days without serious consequence.
He's intelligent enough to recognize the serious threat.
He grew serious when she didn't respond.
Cynthia hibernated to some serious tears while Dean sleepwalked through the daily chores, helped by Maria.
An illness with no serious effects on humans, cowpox caused lesions on cows' udders which then could spread to dairymaids' hands.
He did date occasionally, but he didn't appear to be serious about any of the girls.
How could he know she had become serious about him?
"It's not serious," he said.
The recent chain of events made it impossible for her to deny something serious was going on, and she was somehow involved.
Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things.
Could he actually be serious about this?
Hell, she had serious doubts he was even human.