I will never cease in the war on adverb hatred!
One of the absolute finest writers of all time, Ursula K. Le Guin, in her latest post at the Book View Café (of which I believe she is a founder):
“Without egg, Madame,” he said softly, almost unreproachfully, and went away to fetch my eggless breakfast, which he brought and set before me with silent, funereal dignity.
“…he said softly, almost unreproachfully…” Go ahead, try to get rid of those adverbs without destroying the power and grace of the sentence. And they’re even in a dialog tag!
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, and I’ll say it until every person on Earth has heard me: To avoid a word simply because it is an adverb is no better than to use it simply because it is an adverb.