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She was nonplussed by the bluntness of the question.
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  • She was nonplussed by the bluntness of the question.
  • JOHNSON (Nonplussed) You know, me and you ain’t never agreed about some things, Lena Younger.
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • Kooa seemed nonplussed by his remarkable behavior.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Simmon looked nonplussed.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind

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  • Captain Ono himself seemed nonplussed.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Kit was nonplussed.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • The clerk was nonplussed.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • "You sent him back:’ the secretary, nonplussed, answered me.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I stood nonplussed on the balcony for a moment, fifteen leering faces flickering out of the firelit shadows at me.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • He seemed nonplussed.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • Completely nonplussed, Harry said nothing.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Jurgis hesitated a moment, nonplussed.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • "You wait," he told his nonplussed wife.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Cedric looked nonplussed.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • "I sure could use some lumber for my front porch," he said, nonplused.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Ullman looked rather nonplussed, which did Jack a world of good.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • And with a cheery wink, she strolled off, leaving Eragon blinking and nonplussed.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Kohler looked nonplussed.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Perplexed, Harry looked to Hermione for help, but she shook her head, apparently as nonplussed as he was.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Arobin appeared nonplused, and asked Edna if there were any one else she cared to ask.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • He seemed nonplussed.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • ’What d’you mean, I’m not brave when I’m in bed?’ said Harry, completely nonplussed.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • But he did not have it in him to be angry with the love-master, and when that god elected to laugh at him in a good-natured, bantering way, he was nonplussed.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Ignorance is the parent of fear, and being completely nonplussed and confounded about the stranger, I confess I was now as much afraid of him as if it was the devil himself who had thus broken into my room at the dead of night.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • There was no doubt that this bold move on the part of the enemy had been wholly unexpected, as far as he was concerned: and the daring impudence of it completely nonplussed him for the moment.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Mundin is nonplussed at our lack of proper titillation.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • "Yes, of course," said Harry, slightly nonplussed.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • But, having nonplussed his subordinate, Matvy Ilyitch paid him no further attention.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • Chapter 22 Stepan Arkadyevitch felt completely nonplussed by the strange talk which he was hearing for the first time.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Dexter just looked at him, completely nonplussed, as if he’d just given the weather report.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • The fact that his appeal had failed to register first time nonplussed him for a moment.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • She was nonplussed at the possibility of the errand being different from what she had thought.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • When the train pulled in, she swooped forward to greet the nonplussed Ira, John, and Rene as they alighted.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Brown, which is used to dealing with real celebrities, like John Kennedy Jr., remained nonplussed, and by senior year Cedric’s days were returning to their pedestrian collegiate rhythm.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • For the nonce he was rather nonplussed but inasmuch as the duty plainly devolved upon him to take some measures on the subject he pondered suitable ways and means during which Stephen repeatedly yawned.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • (They recoil nonplussed, his voice calms.) Think, in your head, now, think of the most … private … secret … intimate thing you have ever done secure in the knowledge of its privacy….
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • At that question unintentionally touching on a spiritual sphere wholly obscure to Billy’s thoughts, he was nonplussed, evincing a confusion indeed that some observers, such as can readily be imagined, would have construed into involuntary evidence of hidden guilt.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • De Klerk was again nonplused.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • He had always been nonplused by Gus’s witticisms.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • I was nonplussed.
    James Patterson  --  School’s Out - Forever
  • Since Hyperion was explored four centuries ago, the Core has been concerned and nonplussed.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • "That’s a pity, now, Josh," said Raffles, affecting to scratch his head and wrinkle his brows upward as if he were nonplussed.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • As I said before, at first almost everyone was sort of nonplussed.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Once again I was nonplussed by my flock’s ability to completely put aside the fact that we were fighting for our lives.
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • And if she found it amusing that the nonplussed visitor should not have known, beforehand, that we had our luncheon an hour earlier on Saturday, it was still more irresistibly funny that my father himself (fully as she sympathised, from the bottom of her heart, with the rigid chauvinism which prompted him) should never have dreamed that the barbarian could fail to be aware of so simple a matter, and so had replied, with no further enlightenment of the other’s surprise at seeing us…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • No, they are nonplussed in all sincerity.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • They were now absolutely nonplussed by the singular character of American cowboys.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • Hare was nonplussed at the roar of laughter from the Mormons.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • The bandit appeared nonplussed.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • Eugenides continued to look nonplussed, and Eddis nodded her head.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
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