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.
’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.
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.
To a man who is struggling with a complicated burden of perplexity and disquiet, such a reception is trying, I assure you.’
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.
’I can’t account for more than five,’ said Traddles, with an air of perplexity.
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.
’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.
’ "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.