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  • The computer gave some inscrutable error message I can’t remember.
  • She was inscrutable.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Secure, however, in the inscrutability of my place of concealment, I felt no embarrassment whatever.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • The Buddha’s eyes quietly looked to the ground; quietly, in perfect equanimity his inscrutable face was smiling.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha

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  • The black man’s face was empty, inscrutable.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • "Ready," Archie said, keeping his face expressionless, inscrutable as usual, even though he felt a bead of perspiration trace a cold path from his armpit to his rib.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • Whenever the TV screen flickers, the light striking her profile wavers, and shadows dance like inscrutable signals.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • At first he considered saving money by sleeping outside on a bench but he was without guides and the inscrutability of the nearby signs unnerved him.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • I no longer read interviews about myself; but when I used to, words like inscrutable were often used.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Some weeks later one of the secretaries at External who was in the habit of lunching with a senior man in my department told him the story, and, in the telling, casually mentioned that the inscrutable message was signed VARLET MONFAT.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf

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  • But now her expression was inscrutable.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • Your wife is quite lovely, you know, so doll-like and inscrutable.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • They all simply stared at me with their inscrutable expressions that collectively said that they were in the hands of a madman who asked impossible questions.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • …I have from the very beginning responded warmly to Jews, my first love having been Miriam Bookbinder, the daughter of a local ship chandler, who even at the age of six wore in her lovely hooded eyes the vaguely disconsolate, largely inscrutable mystery of her race; and then later I experienced a grander empathy with Jewish folk which, I am persuaded, is chiefly available to those Southerners shattered for years and years by rock-hard encounter with the anguish of Abraham and…
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • They wandered through fields with the wind blowing their thin dresses against their thighs, and gazed inscrutably.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • His expression was intense but inscrutable.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Jack lifted his head and stared at the inscrutable masses of creeper that lay across the trail.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • I hugged him good-bye, this rather inscrutable tribesman who had risked his life for me.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • In the past he had never been able to find that great inscrutable infinite something.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • And then the flash of intelligence was gone, and O’Brien’s face was as inscrutable as everybody else’s.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Mazer’s face went inscrutable.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • But the moor with its mysteries and its strange inhabitants remains as inscrutable as ever.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Brom remained silent throughout it, his face inscrutable.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Father never felt more present to Abdullah, more vibrant, revealed, more truthful, than when he told his stories, as though the tales were pinholes into his opaque, inscrutable world.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • For an hour or more he was at work, returning at last with his feet heavy with snow and his features as inscrutable as ever.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • For, it inscrutably appeared to stand to reason, in the minds of the whole company, that I was an excrescence on the entertainment.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Probably some wise, inscrutable motive was to be served thereby.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Farid lowered his head and gazed inscrutably at his bare toes.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • Her dad’s expression as he watched him go was inscrutable.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • How inscrutable are the ways of providence—for what great and mysterious purpose has it pleased heaven to abase the man once so elevated, and raise up him who was so abased?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • It pleased Providence, for some inscrutable reason, to doom the race to bondage, ages ago; and we must not set up our opinion against that.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • When he turned to his teammates, he encountered a reef of curious, reflective faces all gazing at him woodenly with morose and inscrutable animosity.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Neither revelation caused her inscrutable expression to change.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • He did not remove the serviette, but remained holding it, as she saw now, with a brown gloved hand, and regarding her with his inscrutable blue glasses.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • We have as yet hardly spoken of the infant; that little creature, whose innocent life had sprung, by the inscrutable decree of Providence, a lovely and immortal flower, out of the rank luxuriance of a guilty passion.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The old man’s expression was inscrutable as he stared out of the window.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Faces hovered above me like inscrutable fish peering myopically through a glass aquarium wall.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • He tasks me; he heaps me; I see in him outrageous strength, with an inscrutable malice sinewing it.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Crookshanks wandered over to them, leapt lightly into an empty chair, and stared inscrutably at Harry, rather as Hermione might look if she knew they weren’t doing their homework properly.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • I still stood absolutely dumfoundered at what appeared to me her miraculous self-possession and most inscrutable hypocrisy, when the cook entered.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Pat Logan, the engineer, a short, sinewy man with graying hair and a contemptuously inscrutable face, posed in a manner of amused indifference.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • In any of the burial-places of this city through which I pass, is there a sleeper more inscrutable than its busy inhabitants are, in their innermost personality, to me, or than I am to them?
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • The moment I spoke I regretted my words, for the secret, inscrutable look came back in his eyes again, and once again I suffered the intolerable discomfort that floods one after lack of tact.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • They feel hard, unwinking, like the shells of beetles: black, polished, inscrutable.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • His face was inscrutable.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • He smiled to himself, the expression that is called inscrutable.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • One year later he did catch a freight, but because of his youth and the inscrutable ways of fate, he didn’t find California and his Mother Dear—he got stranded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for two weeks.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Our Ford–or Our Freud, as, for some inscrutable reason, he chose to call himself whenever he spoke of psychological matters–Our Freud had been the first to reveal the appalling dangers of family life.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Fate was sometimes inscrutable.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Should he leave these reasonably comfortable quarters and fly from this inscrutable horror?
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
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