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perplex
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Crime and Punishment
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  • He vividly recalled those old doubts and perplexities,
  • Raskolnikov did not sit down, but he felt unwilling to leave her, and stood facing her in perplexity.
  • Suddenly he stopped; a new utterly unexpected and exceedingly simple question perplexed and bitterly confounded him.
  • "Could I have expected to set it all straight and to find a way out by means of Razumihin alone?" he asked himself in perplexity.
  • "What if you have been reading about it?" he cried at last, perplexed and impatient.
  • Razumihin said, shaking his head in perplexity.
  • He was perplexed to find the door of the flat wide open.
  • The porter looked at Raskolnikov, frowning and perplexed.
  • He found himself confronted with many new and unlooked-for perplexities.
  • Both of them had heard of the quarrel from Nastasya, so far as she had succeeded in understanding and reporting it, and were in painful perplexity and suspense.
  • Raskolnikov muttered in reply, but with such a preoccupied and inattentive air that Dounia gazed at him in perplexity.
  • They were all looking at him in perplexity.
  • Dounia gazed gravely and intently into the poor girl’s face, and scrutinised her with perplexity.
  • CHAPTER VI "I don’t believe it, I can’t believe it!" repeated Razumihin, trying in perplexity to refute Raskolnikov’s arguments.
  • Raskolnikov drew back on the sofa as Porfiry bent over him and stared in silent perplexity at him.
  • Polenka was in her everyday dress; she looked in timid perplexity at her mother, and kept at her side, hiding her tears.
  • A minute later Lebeziatnikov, too, appeared in the doorway; he did not come in, but stood still, listening with marked interest, almost wonder, and seemed for a time perplexed.

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  • Scientists are perplexed by the mystery.
  • I am perplexed by her behavior.

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