in Doctor Thorne

Chapter 32 – Mr. Oriel

enthusiasm and enthusiastic

This noun and adjective are ultimately Greek in origin, stemming from a verb, enthousiazein, meaning “to be inspired by a god.”  Trollope invokes this meaning of the word throughout this chapter to describe Mr. Oriel’s feelings towards the priesthood, and the feelings towards church which Miss Gushing exaggerates as she tries to win Mr. Oriel.  [JC 2005]

Perhaps Trollope is enjoying the way in which Miss Gushing gushes enthusiasm.  [RR 2011]