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perplex
used in David Copperfield

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  • I bought an approved scheme of the noble art and mystery of stenography (which cost me ten and sixpence); and plunged into a sea of perplexity that brought me, in a few weeks, to the confines of distraction.
    Chapters 37-39 (18% in)
  • Recalled by his request, preferred in quite another tone of voice, I did the honours of the shaving-pot; but I did them with an unsteadiness of hand, a sudden sense of being no match for him, and a perplexed suspicious anxiety as to what he might be going to say next, which I felt could not escape his observation.
    Chapters 25-27 (32% in)
  • 'It certainly is not the fact,' said I, perplexed, 'that I am accountable for Steerforth's having been away from home longer than usual — if he has been: which I really don't know at this moment, unless I understand it from you.
    Chapters 28-30 (62% in)
  • I put it down, to think about it; and took it up again, to read it once more; and was still pursuing it, when Traddles found me in the height of my perplexity.
    Chapters 49-51 (5% in)
  • To a man who is struggling with a complicated burden of perplexity and disquiet, such a reception is trying, I assure you.'
    Chapters 49-51 (20% in)
  • 'And Mrs. Gummidge?' said I. 'Well, I've had a mort of consideration, I do tell you,' returned Mr. Peggotty, with a perplexed look which gradually cleared as he went on, 'concerning of Missis Gummidge.
    Chapters 49-51 (74% in)
  • ' "First," ' said Mr. Micawber, ' "When Mr. W.'s faculties and memory for business became, through causes into which it is not necessary or expedient for me to enter, weakened and confused, — HEEP — designedly perplexed and complicated the whole of the official transactions.
    Chapters 52-54 (28% in)
  • 'I can't account for more than five,' said Traddles, with an air of perplexity.
    Chapters 52-54 (84% in)
  • These, with their perplexities and inconsistencies, were the shifting quicksands of my mind, from the time of my departure to the time of my return home, three years afterwards.
    Chapters 58-60 (20% in)

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