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  • He looked at Prince Vasili in perplexity, and only later grasped that a stroke was an attack of illness.
  • Prince Vasili stared at her and at Boris questioningly and perplexed.
  • Pierre, perplexed, looked round with his shortsighted eyes without obeying, and suddenly doubts arose in his mind.
  • "Yes, they are splendid, splendid youngsters," chimed in the count, who always solved questions that seemed to him perplexing by deciding that everything was splendid.
  • Langeron lifted his eyes with an expression of perplexity, turned round to Miloradovich as if seeking an explanation, but meeting the latter’s impressive but meaningless gaze drooped his eyes sadly and again took to twirling his snuffbox.
  • In my perplexity I did not know whose aid and advice to seek.
  • Berg’s proposal was at first received with a perplexity that was not flattering to him.
  • She looked into her lover’s face and saw in it a look of commiseration and perplexity.
  • "What could he wish or look for that he would not have obtained through my friendship?" demanded Napoleon, shrugging his shoulders in perplexity.
  • Suddenly his face assumed a subtle expression, he shrugged his shoulders with an air of perplexity.
  • The latter in Pierre’s presence had ceased to be caustic, and his face expressed perplexity as to what Julie’s smile might mean.
  • "Oh!" said Pierre, looking over his spectacles in perplexity at Prince Andrew.
  • The uninterested and perplexed faces of the marshals showed that they were puzzled as to what Balashev’s tone suggested.
  • For some seconds they gazed with frightened eyes at one another’s unfamiliar faces and both were perplexed at what they had done and what they were to do next.
  • In a corner of the hut stood a standard captured from the French, and the accountant with the naive face was feeling its texture, shaking his head in perplexity—perhaps because the banner really interested him, perhaps because it was hard for him, hungry as he was, to look on at a dinner where there was no place for him.
  • Pierre, who knew she was very stupid, sometimes attended, with a strange feeling of perplexity and fear, her evenings and dinner parties, where politics, poetry, and philosophy were discussed.
  • After the first feeling of perplexity aroused in the parents by Berg’s proposal, the holiday tone of joyousness usual at such times took possession of the family, but the rejoicing was external and insincere.
  • Lavrushka, understanding that this was done to perplex him and that Napoleon expected him to be frightened, to gratify his new masters promptly pretended to be astonished and awe-struck, opened his eyes wide, and assumed the expression he usually put on when taken to be whipped.
  • She looked at the faces of the audience, seeking in them the same sense of ridicule and perplexity she herself experienced, but they all seemed attentive to what was happening on the stage, and expressed delight which to Natasha seemed feigned.
  • Pierre felt, moreover, what the accused always feel at their trial, perplexity as to why these questions were put to him.
  • Little Nicholas cried because his heart was rent by painful perplexity.
  • Again everything was shrouded in hard, dry perplexity, and again with a strained frown she peered toward the world where he was.
  • He ceased speaking and bowed his head as if in perplexity.
  • Now to his surprise he found that he no longer felt either doubt or perplexity about these questions.
  • Berg and the countess looked at her, perplexed and frightened.
  • The officer stood perplexed and his face showed indecision.
  • What Russian, reading the account of the last part of the campaign of 1812, has not experienced an uncomfortable feeling of regret, dissatisfaction, and perplexity?
  • Formerly he had been in a similar state of perplexity with regard to every question concerning his property, when one person advised one thing and another something else.
  • Formerly all pecuniary questions, especially requests for money to which, as an extremely wealthy man, he was very exposed, produced in him a state of hopeless agitation and perplexity.
  • The porter, listening in perplexity to the unfamiliar Polish accent and not realizing that the interpreter was speaking Russian, did not understand what was being said to him and slipped behind the others.
  • At Anna Pavlovna’s they talked with perplexity of Bonaparte’s successes just as before and saw in them and in the subservience shown to him by the European sovereigns a malicious conspiracy, the sole object of which was to cause unpleasantness and anxiety to the court circle of which Anna Pavlovna was the representative.
  • I feel so comfortable!" answered Natasha, almost perplexed by her feelings.
  • Eh?" repeated Anatole, sincerely perplexed by a thought of the future.
  • She asked herself in perplexity: "What does he look for in me?
  • What is going on in the world?" he would ask himself in perplexity several times a day, involuntarily beginning to reflect anew on the meaning of the phenomena of life; but knowing by experience that there were no answers to these questions he made haste to turn away from them, and took up a book, or hurried of to the Club or to Apollon Nikolaevich’s, to exchange the gossip of the town.

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

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