They would indecently and clamorously interrupt the conversation of their elders, tease them with the most impertinent questions, roughly collar the gentlemen, climb their knees uninvited, hang about their shoulders or rifle their pockets, pull the ladies' gowns, disorder their hair, tumble their collars, and importunately
beg for their trinkets.
Not the less, however, came this importunately
obtrusive sense of change.
it is Green,' I said, recollecting myself - 'only Green,' and I went on, intending to send somebody else to open it; but the knock was repeated: not loud, and still importunately
. I put the jug on the banister and hastened to admit him myself.
It came importunately
now, on this sad evening, with the low-hanging clouds, but he tried to suppress it, lest some emotion should impel him to say more than was needful for Hetty's sake.
The men replied audaciously, they should be starved if they stayed here, for they could not work, and would not work, and they could but be starved abroad; and if they were murdered, there was an end of them; they had no wives or children to cry after them; and, in short, insisted importunately
upon their demand, declaring they would go, whether they gave them any arms or not.
"These forms of direct action have secured the publicity that clearly has focused people's minds, not just on the threat of climate change but importunately
on the solutions available to us."
Rossetti here returns to some of the same trepidations and negotiations expressed in "By Way of Remembrance": the hope that faith will provide common ground between her and her brother; the reluctance to urge that faith too importunately
on someone who might not share it; the self-consolation found in the mere making of the offer, regardless of its acceptance.
No, they were generally the same men who now wish to save us from the distractions of anarchy on the one hand, and the jaws of tyranny on the other; where then were the class who now come forth importunately
urging that our political salvation depends on the adoption of a system at which freedom spurns?