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  • The man looked bewildered and lost, as if the ground had been cut from under his feet.
  • Mrs. Taggart watched her daughter in unhappy bewilderment.
  • "Not happy enough?" she repeated in complete bewilderment.
  • She looked at Mm, bewildered.
  • She had hurried to Connecticut, to see Mr. Mowen in person, but the sole result of the interview was a heavier, grayer weight of bewilderment in her mind.
  • The thought broke out of him as a cry of bewilderment: "But he knows nothing about the steel business!"
  • She glanced up at his face: it was tense and bewildered.
  • They were bewildered, unhappy children-he thought-all of them, even his mother, and he was foolish to resent their ineptitude; it came from their helplessness, not from malice.
  • "1 didn’t come to talk to you about my railroad," she said, looking at him in bewilderment.
  • Dr. Stadler looked at him in bewilderment.
  • "What?" asked Mrs. Taggart, bewildered.
  • She looked at him, bewildered.
  • bewildered indignation of a child screaming in denial at his first encounter with evil.
  • At the end of an hour, her attempt to smile had become a helpless, bewildered plea.
  • He looked bewildered.
  • She opened it and stared in incredulous bewilderment at a pendant made of a single pear-shaped ruby that spurted a violent fire on the white satin of the jeweler’s box.
  • She was staring at him, her face naked in bewilderment, with no mystery, no pretense or protection; whatever calculations she had made, this was a thing she had not expected.
  • There was a strange look on the man’s face: bewilderment, as if he had no conception of the issue confronting him, and fear, as if he had always had full knowledge of it and had lived in dread of exposure.
  • Then she saw some people becoming too polite to her, and others moving away in a pointed manner, and most of them being senselessly awkward in simple bewilderment, and Jim watching silently with that odd smile.
  • If that’s what you trunk he’s done, or if you think that he’s told me some inconceivable revelation, then I can see how bewildering it would appear to you.
  • A chunk of stone with Egyptian hieroglyphs lay on a pedestal in a corner of the office-the statue of a Hindu goddess with six spider arms stood in a niche-and a huge graph of bewildering mathematical detail, like the sales chart of a mail-order house, hung on the wall.
  • He walked on, not waiting to sec the look in her eyes-a look that held anger, bewilderment and the first faint gleam of a question mark.
  • His face had the expression which, these days, was the mark of an honest man: an expression of bewilderment.
  • He stared at her in bewilderment.
  • The man opened his mouth, but found nothing else to say; he looked at her in bewilderment, wondering why the formula had failed.
  • "I heard a plane, but I …." His look of bewilderment changed to a smile, regretful, amused and friendly.
  • She stared at him, her look of anger switching to bewilderment, then dropped slowly back on her chair.
  • Rearden looked at him, bewildered.
  • The responsibility that James Taggart and Clifton Locey had evaded now rested on the shoulders of a trembling, bewildered boy.
  • "Five cents?" she repeated, bewildered.
  • She stared at him, bewildered, and he walked away, tossing the flowers like a ball in his hand-a broad, straight figure in a sedate, expensive, businessman’s overcoat, going off into the distance against the straight cliffs of office buildings with the spring sun sparkling on their windows.
  • Struggling not to give in to an emotion which he felt rising through his bewilderment, past all his doubts, Rearden tried to study the man’s face, searching for some clue to help him understand.
  • Philip gave a nervous jerk of bewilderment.
  • He stared at her in bewilderment.
  • One was a gasp of triumph, another-of terror, the third-of bewilderment.
  • He saw a look of bewilderment on all the faces around him, on Dagny’s and on the others, though not for the same reasons.
  • He saw the eagerness of Mr. Thompson’s face ebb slowly under a look of bewilderment.
  • He opened the rear panel of the machine and stared in bewilderment at the intricate coils: he could find nothing visibly out of order.
  • A woman’s bewildered voice rose uncertainly and trailed off: "I thought we were living in an age of brotherhood …."
  • His eyes wandered over the vast darkness, then rose to Rearden’s face; the eyes were helpless, longing, childishly bewildered.
  • The man sighed, bewildered.
  • She saw the jerk of Taggart’s head and a sudden anxiety in his bewildered frown, as if something about the words and voice were not what he had expected.
  • Mr. Thompson looked blankly bewildered for an instant, as if something had slipped his mind, until Wesley Mouch leaned over and whispered some word into his ear.
  • His mother stared at Rearden in reproachful bewilderment; she said nothing, but she kept bursting into tears in his presence, her manner suggesting that her tears were the most important aspect to consider in whatever disaster it was that she sensed approaching.
  • With a look of stubborn bewilderment, with the last of her effort at self-deceit, she moaned in a voice of tearfully petulant reproach, "Are you really incapable of forgiveness?"
  • If you don’t know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn…. It was in the bewildered loneliness of the first weeks of her marriage that she said it to herself for the first time.
  • She could not remember by what steps, what accumulation of pain, first as small scratches of uneasiness, then as stabs of bewilderment, then as the chronic, nagging pull of fear, she had begun to doubt Jim’s position on the railroad.
  • Armed with nothing but meaningless phrases, this boy had been thrown to fight for existence, he had hobbled and groped through a brief, doomed effort, he had screamed his indignant, bewildered protest —and had perished in his first attempt to soar on his mangled wings.
  • Now, watching the scene around him, watching Dr. Ferris’ vague, excited, loosely casual gestures in the midst of a group of newsmen, he had an impression of bewildering confusion, of senseless, chaotic inefficiency-and of a smooth machine working to produce the exact degree of that impression needed at the exact moment.
  • The men of the railroad and of the mine stopped in dazed bewilderment: they found that in all the complexity of their equipment, among the drills, the motors, the derricks, the delicate gauges, the ponderous floodlights beating down into the pits and ridges of a mountain-there was no wire to mend the crane.
  • He had not seen the house since that May 15, six months ago, when he had walked out of itand the sight brought back to him the sum of all he had felt in ten years of daily home-coming: the strain, the bewilderment, the gray weight of unconfessed unhappiness, the stern endurance that forbade him to confess it, the desperate innocence of the effort to understand his family …. the effort to be just.
  • He was saying, bewildered, "But …. just a seat in a day coach, Miss Taggart?
  • To the struggling remnants of rational honesty in the twisted, bewildered minds of your children, you declare that you can offer no rational argument to support the ideas that created this country, that there is no rational justification for freedom, for property, for justice, for rights, that they rest on a mystical insight and can be accepted only on faith, that in reason and logic the enemy is right, but faith is superior to reason.
  • Then I saw the scene in full context again and in all of its actual meaning-I saw what price he was paying for his brilliant ability, what torture he was enduring in silent bewilderment, struggling to understand what I had understood-I saw that the world he suggested, did not exist and was yet to be made, I saw him again for what he was, the symbol of my battle, the unrewarded hero whom I was to avenge and to release-and then …. then I accepted what I had learned about you and him.
  • He asked, in blank bewilderment, "What didn’t work?
  • He saw her watching him in bewilderment, and said, "There’s one thing I must thank you for, Miss Taggart: you did pay me a compliment when you chose Quentin Daniels as my understudy.
  • Mr. Mowen, who sat beside him, was a man of greater innocence and smaller understanding; his fear was of a simpler nature; he listened in bewildered indignation and he whispered to Larkin, "Good God, now he’s done it!
  • I don’t understand you," said Philip; his voice had the angry bewilderment of a man who recites the formulas of a well-tested role, but keeps getting the wrong cues in answer.
  • He was reaching for his hat and coat, when he noticed that the men in the room were trying to stop him, that their faces had a look of panic and their voices were crying in bewilderment: "What’s the matter, Mr. Rearden? …. Why? …. But why? …. What have we said? …. You’re not going! …. You can’t go! …. It’s too early! …. Not yet!

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  • Some of their customs can bewilder travelers.
  • I am trying to understand her, but am bewildered.

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