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perplex
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The Brothers Karamazov
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  • He did not understand the first word in this perplexing maze.
  • "I have only seen her once," Alyosha protested with the same perplexity.
  • The priest, coming to meet the coffin, looks perplexed, and frowns, but the mother of the dead child throws herself at His feet with a wail.
  • This was why the news of the fresh "miracle" performed by Father Zossima reduced him to extreme perplexity.
  • But instead of a definite aim, he found nothing but uncertainty and perplexity on all sides.
  • Though the monk returned to the cell he was sharing with one of the brothers, in considerable perplexity of mind, he still cherished at heart a greater reverence for Father Ferapont than for Father Zossima.
  • At some thoughts one stands perplexed, especially at the sight of men’s sin, and wonders whether one should use force or humble love.
  • But the moment passed without mischief to Smerdyakov, and Ivan turned in silence, as it seemed in perplexity, to the gate.
  • Mitya stood in perplexity.
  • When he reached the market-place he stood still in perplexity, wondering at himself.
  • The Pole gazed fixedly at him, at the bundle of notes in his hand; looked at Grushenka, and was in evident perplexity.
  • With the strangest perplexity he indicated his bundle of hundred-rouble notes, looking inquiringly at Pyotr Ilyitch as though it were for him to decide what he, Mitya, was to do with his own money.
  • (7) repeated the doctor, perplexed.
  • The captain noticed the change in her with mournful perplexity.
  • Grigory stood with a perplexed face, looking straight at his tormentor.
  • People described with relish, afterwards, how cleverly he had "taken down" all the witnesses for the prosecution, and as far as possible perplexed them and, what’s more, had aspersed their reputation and so depreciated the value of their evidence.
  • At one moment he went up to the coffin to set straight the cover or the wreath, when a candle fell out of the candlestick he rushed to replace it and was a fearful time fumbling over it, then he subsided and stood quietly by the coffin with a look of blank uneasiness and perplexity.

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

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