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  • Inexplicably, she felt a touch of feminine vanity, the kind she had never experienced before: the desire to be seen wearing this particular ornament.
  • An inexplicable kind of distaste, part fastidiousness, part boredom, stopped him whenever he tried to consider it.
  • He wondered why he felt reassured-and then, why he felt the sudden, inexplicable wish that these things were not left in the open, unprotected against the empty space above.
  • She was astonished when Dagny accepted it with inexplicable eagerness, for once like a child.
  • People, he thought, were as hungry for a sight of joy as he had always been-for a moment’s relief from that gray load of suffering which seemed so inexplicable and unnecessary.
  • They would not have gone like that, without a word, leaving to us the added terror of the inexplicable-unless they had some reason of supreme importance.
  • Through the blank seconds of recapturing her mind, she kept telling herself: You’re hysterical …. don’t be preposterous …. it’s just a coincidence of names-while she knew, in certainty and numb, inexplicable terror, that this was the Hugh Akston.
  • The trip to Florida was not inexplicable to him any longer.
  • Inexplicably, the words did not hit Francisco as an insult, but cleared his face back into his look of assurance.
  • She remained still for a moment, her hands spread flat on the rock, her arms tensed to support the weight of her body; inexplicably, his glance made her aware of her pose, of her shoulder showing through the torn shirt, of her long, scratched, sunburned legs slanting from the rock to the ground.
  • Against every doubt and warning in her mind, she felt nothing but a joyous confidence; inexplicably, she felt as if his figure in that crowd was a point of indestructible security.
  • "I’d give-" Francisco stopped; inexplicably, Rearden saw the look of an emotion which he could not define, yet felt certain to be pain; he saw Francisco’s first moment of hesitation.
  • Lillian had departed on a vacation trip to Florida, in mid-April; it had astonished him, as an inexplicable whim; it was the first trip she had taken alone since their marriage.
  • She felt that the inexplicable was not a mere blank, this time: it had a tinge of evil.
  • Rearden had cut him short and waved him away, but had been left with the small, nagging sense of an incident that remained inexplicable.
  • Eddie Willers sat up, his mind refusing to believe it, yet knowing suddenly that for some inexplicable reason this was what he had expected.
  • Then, inexplicably, twice in the last few weeks, he had caught Philip wandering through the mills for no apparent reason.
  • He had to admit to himself what images were nagging him with a sense of uneasiness he could neither grasp nor dispel; they were too meaningless to define and too inexplicable to dismiss.
  • The sight of Dagny seemed to frighten him more than the rest; he could not understand it: the three men wore caps and windbreakers, and, but for their manner, could be taken for a gang of highwaymen; the presence of a lady was inexplicable.
  • Had he faced it, he would have known that he still heard Francisco’s voice saying, "I am the only one who will offer it …. if you will accept it…… " He heard the words and the strangely solemn inflection of the quiet voice and an inexplicable answer of his own, something within him that wanted to cry yes, to accept, to tell this man that he accepted, that he needed it-though there was no name for what he needed, it was not gratitude, and he knew that it was not gratitude this man had…
  • It was a sense of extreme precision and of relaxation, together, a sense of action without strain, which seemed inexplicably youthful-until he realized that this was the way he had acted and had expected always to act, in his youth-and what he now felt was like the simple, astonished question: Why should one ever have to act in any other manner?
  • After weeks of frantic activity on the part of insurance companies, of firemen, of ambulances and of first-aid units, attending to a series of inexplicable accidents-the "People’s Manager" had vanished one morning, having sold and shipped to sundry racketeers of Europe and Latin America most of the cranes, the automatic conveyors, the supplies of refractory brick, the emergency power generator, and the carpet from what had once been Rearden’s office.
  • It does not matter who then becomes the profiteer on his renounced glory and tormented soul, a mystic God with some incomprehensible design or any passer-by whose rotting sores are held as some inexplicable claim upon him-it does not matter, the good is not for him to understand, his duty is to crawl through years of penance, atoning for the guilt of his existence to any stray collector of unintelligible debts, his only concept of a value is a zero: the good is that which is non-man.
  • He was seeing the progression of the years, the monstrous extortions, the impossible demands, the inexplicable victories of evil, the preposterous plans and unintelligible goals proclaimed in volumes of muddy philosophy, the desperate wonder of the victims who thought that some complex, malevolent wisdom was moving the powers destroying the world-and all of it had rested on one tenet behind the shifty eyes of the victors: he’ll do something! …. We’ll get away with it-he’ll let us-he’ll…
  • Dr. Ferris did not glance at the book, but kept his eyes fixed on Stadler’s for an inexplicable moment; then he leaned back and said with an odd smile, "I feel honored that you chose to make such an exception for my sake as reading a popular book.
  • No, that was not what I was thinking," She noticed that Danneskjold was studying Galt’s face, as if he, too, found the incident inexplicable.
  • You’re showing me all the men whom"-she stopped, feeling inexplicably reluctant to say it, and said, instead-"whom I have lost?"
  • inexplicable suicide," the newspapers had called it, unable to discover any motive.

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  • With that he turned away and once again started inexplicably walking toward the wall.
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  • For some inexplicable reason, those words popped into Thomas’s mind.
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