In all these schemes Alexander took a keen personal interest; but his enthusiasm was soon cooled by practical difficulties, and his attention became more and more engrossed by foreign affairs.
Much of his attention must have been engrossed by the work of administration, carried on without the help of those elaborate institutions, judicial and financial, which were perfected by Henry I.
Princess Mary, evidently engrossed by her thoughts, was crossing herself for the last time before leaving the church.
These four busy years of Swift's London life had not been entirely engrossed by politics.
Moreover, his whole attention was engrossed by watching the family circle--separated from all else-- formed by the men in the battery.
Of Anjou, engrossed with his other dominions, gave little thought to Anjou, nor did his son Charles II.
The dark ocean and swelling waters were nothing; the fears of being swallowed up by some dreadful tempest, or dashed upon hidden rocks, with all the other ordinary subjects of fearful contemplation, seemed scarcely entitled to a moment's thought; the dismal looking wreck, and THE HORRID ASPECT AND REVENGE OF THE WHALE, wholly engrossed my reflections, until day again made its appearance.
The conclave was remarkably free from political influences, the attention of Europe being at the time engrossed by the presence of a Russian army at the gates of Constantinople.
In the next year (16 B.C.), however, Augustus was suddenly called away from Rome to deal with a problem which engrossed much of his attention for the next twenty-five years.
He was examining the plan, evidently engrossed in his own ideas.