“To me each of those names is so significant,” Zinsser says wistfully.
“Fathers used to come to the prison to marry their daughters off to us,” he said wistfully.
Throughout, these weighty matters are examined candidly and wistfully, with the wisdom that only age and inwardness can bring.
1610s, "closely attentive," from obsolete wist "intent" (c.1500), of uncertain origin. Perhaps formed on the model of wishful. The meaning of "yearningly eager" is first recorded 1714. Related: Wistfully; wistfulness.