absorbed interest

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Dorothy fairly gasped with wonder to see the thing grow so speedily before her eyes, and both Button-Bright and Polly looked on with the same absorbed interest.
He listened with an air of deep distrust when told how an amateur had driven his car and with absorbed interest to the few sentences in which our experiences of the sleeping city were recorded.
Haley pulled out of his pocket sundry newspapers, and began looking over their advertisements, with absorbed interest.
SIR - I read the Sally Williams article on Amelia Earhart ("Port may land a starring role in Earhart movie", June 4) with absorbed interest, as I have always been fascinated by the stories of the pioneer aviators such as Earhart in the years between the two World Wars.