Trying to understand the following sentence from H.P. Lovecraft's Tree:

Many months passed, yet in the sour face of Musides came nothing of the sharp expectancy which the situation should arouse.

There are so many meanings in the dictionary so that I cannot infer the right one here. THanks a lot!

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'Sharp' here means 'intense'. Musides might have been expected to feel intense expectancy in that situation, but evidently did not.

2.4 (of an emotion or experience)
felt acutely or intensely; painful.
‘her sharp disappointment was tinged with embarrassment’

Sharp (Lexico)

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