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intrigue as in:  she was intrigued

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  • It was the first time she met him, and she was intrigued by his easy confidence.
    intrigued = interested
  • ...mystic and marvelous surprises that will entrance, delight, intrigue, astonish, and perplex you beyond measure.   (source)
    intrigue = interest
  • Gennaro said impatiently, "Listen, this is all very intriguing, but we're forgetting the main question: have any animals gotten off the island?"   (source)
    intriguing = interesting
  • Having spent all his life in one home with his family, the nomadic existence of the Romany intrigues him.   (source)
    intrigues = interests or fascinates
  • It was intriguing. ... These rebels must have something in mind beyond a mere political statement or their day-to-day survival in mind when they came here.   (source)
    intriguing = interesting
  • "It's gettin' on to four," he said, which was intriguing, as the courthouse clock must have struck the hour at least twice. I had not heard it or felt its vibrations.   (source)
  • He is intrigued by us and the relationship we have.   (source)
    intrigued = interested
  • And maybe they find him intriguing.   (source)
    intriguing = causing interest, curiosity, or fascination
  • Even smudged with dirt and scum, and with tears leaking out of her eyes, there was something about the girl that intrigued him.   (source)
    intrigued = interested
  • I was really intrigued by Mr. Tiny and his Little People.   (source)
    intrigued = fascinated (or interested)
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  • (intrigued) Really? I don't remember.   (source)
    intrigued = interested, curious, or fascinated
  • What intrigued me most was that the chador was optional.   (source)
    intrigued = interested
  • This term 'client-employee' I find intriguing.   (source)
    intriguing = interesting
  • He felt deeply drawn to him, and not solely because he was intrigued by the contrast between O'Brien's urbane manner and his prize-fighter's physique.   (source)
    intrigued = fascinated (or interested)
  • He was intrigued—he'd been waiting for me to bring them up—but I was angry at myself for the slip, and didn't let it happen again.†   (source)
  • Like most people, Chase knew the marsh as a thing to be used, to boat and fish, or drain for farming, so Kya's knowledge of its critters, currents, and cattails intrigued him.†   (source)
  • My father looked intrigued.†   (source)
  • People are intrigued, but no one knows who you are.†   (source)
  • Intrigued, I decided to investigate further.†   (source)
  • Never before has he been so intrigued by the lines across his palms.†   (source)
  • Intrigued, Harry flicked the envelope open and pulled out the sheaf of parchment inside.†   (source)
  • Occasionally, when supplies were delivered by cargo planes to the landing field across the river, the children rode their bicycles to the riverbank and watched, intrigued, the unloading and then the takeoff directed to the west, always away from the community.†   (source)
  • Mary Lou thought the messages (this one and the other one) were intriguing.†   (source)
  • Officer Delinko wasn't a bird-watcher, but he was intrigued by the toy-sized owls.†   (source)
  • Only Little Man, just beginning his school career, found the prospects of both intriguing.†   (source)
  • Myra wasn't too interested in me, I have to say, but she was intrigued by the foxes around my neck.†   (source)
  • One part of your letter intrigued me, however—your discussion of Canis posterus—the "next dogs," as you call them.†   (source)
  • Am I supposed to feel intrigued?†   (source)
  • I was intrigued and repulsed at the same time.†   (source)
  • Needless to say, the Count was intrigued.†   (source)
  • It is a highly intriguing creature.†   (source)
  • Everyone's going to be so intrigued.†   (source)
  • The judge's dramatic warnings now made Mr. McMillian's emotional claim of innocence too intriguing to put off any longer.†   (source)
  • Chiron paused, as if the question intrigued him.†   (source)
  • This intrigued him more than anything else he'd heard in a while.†   (source)
  • An audience member has just handed me a far more, shall we say...intriguing introduction.†   (source)
  • Mr. Frost sounded more intrigued by the news than Scarlett could have expected.†   (source)
  • All that greenery had intrigued her.†   (source)
  • The women in the queue are muttering, intrigued or scandalized or both.†   (source)
  • It was all very mysterious, and not the least intriguing was Rhonda's behavior when she was dismissed along with the others: "Well, best of luck, kid," she'd chirped, playfully mussing his hair and scudding from the room in her cloud-dress, apparently not the slightest bit confused or disappointed that she hadn't passed.†   (source)
  • "I met someone intriguing," Mae said.†   (source)
  • And I don't care for the view of the audience that, for a period of time, more than twenty years ago, intrigued Owen Meany and me.†   (source)
  • I, who had every reason to fear America, was intrigued by the city and the land beyond the rivers.†   (source)
  • Even the king himself might be intrigued by this sort of power.†   (source)
  • He wanted to give her the right answer-sound dangerous enough for her to be intrigued, to want to come back.†   (source)
  • Before she left for Europe, Aria would sometimes see boys look at her from afar, intrigued, but then look away.†   (source)
  • I suppose all our Butt Room stories about him intriguing around the world had made me half-ready to half-believe something like this.†   (source)
  • Just as intriguing as the books are the maps along the wall, of the kingdom and other lands, old and new.†   (source)
  • One is intrigued by her resolve to abandon the fairy stories and homemade folktales and plays she has been writing (how much nicer if we had the flavor of one) but she may have thrown the baby of fictional technique out with the folktale water.†   (source)
  • It's intriguing, because you can't do this with real life.†   (source)
  • I didn't feel cold, as the number of people, the glittering buildings, and the sounds of cars overwhelmed and intrigued me.†   (source)
  • It was a bit intriguing, where we last ended up, wasn't it?†   (source)
  • Intrigued, she wanted to know exactly how to prepare a sorbet just like it at home.†   (source)
  • I couldn't help but be intrigued by them and by the well-polished rifles they carried.†   (source)
  • What if Park realized that all the things he thought were so mysterious and intriguing about her were actually just ...bleak?†   (source)
  • I was intrigued by the idea of secret signs, but I was scared too.†   (source)
  • Sampson asked, intrigued at the game.†   (source)
  • Though most of us had first come across the idea of "possibles" back at Hailsham, we'd sensed we weren't supposed to discuss it, and so we hadn't—though for sure, it had both intrigued and disturbed us.†   (source)
  • When I'd found him down there working on his up-ended chair, he'd stood and stretched and said he was ready for a break but I hadn't wanted to come upstairs at all, the workshop was so rich and magical: a treasure cave, bigger on the inside than it looked on the outside, with the light filtering down from the high windows, fretwork and filigree, mysterious tools I didn't know the names of, and the sharp, intriguing smells of varnish and beeswax.†   (source)
  • But the true story of Joe Flom's life turns out to be much more intriguing than the mythological version because all the things in his life that seem to have been disadvantages, that he was a poor child of garment workers; that he was Jewish at a time when Jews were heavily discriminated against; that he grew up in the Depression, turn out, unexpectedly, to have been advantages.†   (source)
  • The war intrigued her.†   (source)
  • "It sounds intriguing," admitted Eragon.†   (source)
  • I'm intrigued.†   (source)
  • I found myself intrigued with the basic theories of survival traits, as written by Dr. Abraham Maslow.†   (source)
  • I'd been so intrigued, I hadn't even noticed I was hungry.†   (source)
  • This one sounded most intriguing of all.†   (source)
  • Mom and Dad were intrigued with the idea of it, but I could tell neither one of them really wanted to relinquish me to New York City or go into hock so that I could maybe become a cellist for some second-rate small-town orchestra.†   (source)
  • While that is intriguing, correlation does not constitute evidence.†   (source)
  • Wendy didn't care much for it — even fifteen minutes of tramping around on the outsized laced paddles made her legs and ankles ache outrageously but Danny was intrigued and working hard to pick up the knack.†   (source)
  • Elinor wrinkled her brow, intrigued.†   (source)
  • They are at once satisfied and intrigued by his background, by his years at Yale and Columbia, his career as an architect, his Mediterranean looks.†   (source)
  • Still, what he said intrigued me for another reason: A friend of ours, the wife of a pastor at a church in Colorado, had once told me about something her daughter, Hannah, said when she was three years old.†   (source)
  • I'm intrigued that she felt the need to make that clear to me.†   (source)
  • He was intrigued by the power of words, not the literary words that filled the books in the library but the sharp, staccato words that went into the writing of news stories.†   (source)
  • Although not as worn as the path leading to the basilica, they are equally intriguing.†   (source)
  • Berg was "intrigued with the scientific and human interest elements in such a story," he wrote, and he wanted to learn more about it.†   (source)
  • But I was also intrigued.†   (source)
  • "I've never given it much thought, really," said Mack, intrigued by the direction their chat was taking.†   (source)
  • These come together and clash intriguingly in the image of the boy dying for love: youth, death, replenishment, desolation—they're all rattling around in the figure of poor Michael Furey in the rain.†   (source)
  • Many of the French Enlightenment philosophers visited England, which was in many ways more liberal than their home country, and were intrigued by the English natural sciences, especially Newton and his universal physics.†   (source)
  • I was intrigued watching the process, delighted at the complexity of it all compared to what I had been accustomed to at our old school.†   (source)
  • She figured I'm obviously a pretty offbeat and interesting guy, and she was intrigued enough to make a few phone calls to friends of hers in the computer science community.†   (source)
  • Josh wondered aloud, both intrigued and repelled by the very idea.†   (source)
  • What was intriguing was how he responded.†   (source)
  • In fact, the entire decade room had seen it, and seen, as well, the very young lieutenant's intrigued response.†   (source)
  • The preacher's daughter found in Saeed an attitude to faith that intrigued her, and she found the expansiveness of his gaze upon the universe, the way he spoke of the stars and of the people of the world, very sexy, and his touch as well, and she liked the cut of his face, how it reminded her of her mother and hence her childhood.†   (source)
  • But I'll have you know I'm duly intrigued.†   (source)
  • He lifted an eyebrow, intrigued.†   (source)
  • We were curious to inspect and handle these intriguing objects, especially the little pink madonna, but Mother felt we should not show excessive interest.†   (source)
  • Juilliard or no, he still intrigued me, and his choice to move from the Beethoven statue to the tunnel struck me as peculiar.†   (source)
  • I came away from that first game intrigued.†   (source)
  • I lay face-down on him, utterly confused by my absence of dread and filled with a distaste for being so close to him, handsome and intriguing though he was.†   (source)
  • As the weeks and months passed by, I learned more and more intriguing things about Candy Rustin.†   (source)
  • I didn't believe him, but it was intriguing.†   (source)
  • saying anything that came into her head, while the boy waited beside her, more bored than intrigued.†   (source)
  • To me, it had a number of the same qualities as Alabama, Clemson, and Florida, so I was very intrigued.†   (source)
  • I should lay off the fact that he's intrigued by recreational vehicles and that he sometimes wears black socks with shorts.†   (source)
  • Reluctantly he had to admit that the old man's story was intriguing.†   (source)
  • Several intriguing artifiacts were found with Mallory's remains, but Anker's astonishing discovery raised more questions than it answered.†   (source)
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intrigue as in:  involved in intrigue

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  • I suspect there's some kind of intrigue between the two of them.
    intrigue = secret scheme or plot
  • Uncle Guy had died before the others disappeared during the invasion, in a car accident so commonplace that even Maggie and Jeb had struggled to make an intrigue out of it.   (source)
  • What was I doing embroiled in this convoluted intrigue?   (source)
  • He enjoys indulging in intrigue and playing people against one another.   (source)
    intrigue = secret schemes or plots
  • Prof and Mike shared childlike joy in intrigue for own sake.   (source)
  • For your stories may surpass his in intrigue and dastardly deeds!   (source)
  • They had confessed to intelligence with the enemy (at that date, too, the enemy was Eurasia), embezzlement of public funds, the murder of various trusted Party members, intrigues against the leadership of Big Brother which had started long before the Revolution happened, and acts of sabotage causing the death of hundreds of thousands of people.   (source)
  • They used to have intrigues among themselves, as always happens, and it would often come to blows and knives.   (source)
  • All that followed was the result of her imprudence; and he went off with her at last, because he could not help it, regretting Fanny even at the moment, but regretting her infinitely more when all the bustle of the intrigue was over, and a very few months had taught him, by the force of contrast, to place a yet higher value on the sweetness of her temper, the purity of her mind, and the excellence of her principles.   (source)
    intrigue = secret scheme or plot
  • But she understood the intrigue all about her.   (source)
    intrigue = secret schemes or plots
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  • I had never been interested in politics or international intrigue.   (source)
  • I was beginning to realize that Iranians actually enjoy intrigue.   (source)
  • I could not believe my own words, could not believe that I was so thickly enmeshed in intrigue.   (source)
    intrigue = a secret scheme or plot
  • But she knew nothing of Amahl, nothing of the secret intrigues in my life.   (source)
    intrigues = secret schemes or plots
  • We still traveled in a world of intrigue, a world of borders and identification papers and whispered explanations and understanding nods of the head.   (source)
  • There was nothing to indicate intrigue.   (source)
    intrigue = a secret scheme or plot
  • By night his life is a web of intrigue.   (source)
    intrigue = secret schemes or plots
  • Their luck would hold indefinitely, and they would carry on their intrigue, just like this, for the remainder of their natural lives.   (source)
    intrigue = secret scheme or plot
  • He professed both to abominate and despise all mystery, refinement, and intrigue, either in a prince or a minister.   (source)
    intrigue = secret schemes or plots
  • Before I proceed to give an account of my leaving this kingdom, it may be proper to inform the reader of a private intrigue which had been for two months forming against me.   (source)
    intrigue = secret scheme or plot
  • And from this time began an intrigue between his majesty and a junto of ministers, maliciously bent against me, which broke out in less than two months, and had like to have ended in my utter destruction.   (source)
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  • They indulged in court intrigues, held magnificent feasts, and fell elaborately in love with one another's wives.†   (source)
  • His refreshment in hand, the Count would take a seat as close as possible to the little table in the corner where young ladies of fashion met each morning to review the previous evening's intrigues.†   (source)
  • Yale made me feel, for the first time in my life, that others viewed my life with intrigue.†   (source)
  • Something that would intrigue the Specials enough to investigate.†   (source)
  • Everything she said used to please him, intrigue him, make him look up from his plate and nod with approval.†   (source)
  • An itch to learn the code, embarrassment at what Newt thought of him and Teresa, the intrigue of what they might find out in the Maze—and fear.†   (source)
  • "No," Langdon said, feeling a sudden intrigue.†   (source)
  • It was 'Come and join the party!' because you don't have many things like this happening in Savannah, in a historical mansion with an environment of antiques and fine things and an air of mystery and intrigue.†   (source)
  • One day, in new tiles all over campus, cryptic messages had appeared: THINK COMPLETION and COMPLETE THE CIRCLE and THE CIRCLE MUST BE WHOLE, and these slogans had stirred up the desired intrigue.†   (source)
  • I think they find all the intrigues of the local drama league both extremely funny.†   (source)
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  • In what sort of messy intrigue are you involved?†   (source)
  • Eddard Stark had no taste for these intrigues.†   (source)
  • Convinced as he was of his total solitude, this did not concern him, but it did intrigue him slightly.†   (source)
  • Her effective status as an only child, as well as the relative isolation of the Tanis house, kept her, at least during the long summer holidays, from girlish intrigues with friends.†   (source)
  • This story was all promising with the beautiful girl who has a crush on me and the mystery and the intrigue, and then I get whacked.†   (source)
  • They intrigue me, these letters, for when I sift through them I realize that romance and passion are possible at any age.†   (source)
  • I asked, not faking my intrigue now.†   (source)
  • Lieutenant Dana had led his troops into Bryantown, a well-known place of Confederate intrigue, commandeered the tavern, and occupied the town.†   (source)
  • We had performed Farien the Fair a dozen times in the last month, and it had filled my young mind with intrigue and assassination.†   (source)
  • Entire plots were hatched around swiping food, complete with double-crossing, backstabbing, intrigue, outright robbery, and gobbled evidence.†   (source)
  • For us, however, it's the notion of paralysis—and stroke—that intrigues.†   (source)
  • In a somewhat similar fashion the political situation was typified by intrigue, plotting, and assassinations.†   (source)
  • Most of the sixty-four bar stools are filled with lower-level Industry people, getting together in twos and threes, doing what they do best: gossip and intrigue.†   (source)
  • Further expanding the web of intrigue surrounding Michael was Justin Sparks, the Briarcrest placekicker.†   (source)
  • I think she might be lonely, that her life could do with a bit of intrigue.†   (source)
  • At Nadia's workplace it was much the same, with the added intrigue that came from her boss and her boss's boss being among those rumored to have fled abroad, since neither had returned as scheduled from their holidays.†   (source)
  • ...So you see, Anita, what intrigues me about this new concept of teaching English—Whole Language—is that it has its focus on literature, and in a way that I think young people will find very interesting.†   (source)
  • On the other hand, he was helpless at intrigue and policy decisions.†   (source)
  • You know this planet's infested with Harkonnen intrigues.†   (source)
  • "Some wenches will stoop to anything to intrigue a man," she said.†   (source)
  • The dwarves are also long-lived, yet they are more prolific than us and do not share our restraint or our taste for intrigue.†   (source)
  • I can see Joe Regular Guy at a club listening to some totally hard-core band playing, and I say to myself, omigod, what's that guy doing here, and that totally intrigues me, and I have to walk up to him and say, hey, you're really into this band.†   (source)
  • I'm sure that behind my back the two of them were weaving every kind of intrigue.†   (source)
  • And so he planned everything down to the last detail, as if it were the final battle: new intrigues, new hopes in a woman who had already lived a full and complete life.†   (source)
  • The impression is one of pervasive bitterness, suspicion and intrigue.†   (source)
  • Like us, you trace your ancestry to heaven; that intrigues me.†   (source)
  • Ramona asked, her eyes remarkably clear now and glowing with intrigue and suspicion.†   (source)
  • Matron sensed some such intrigue—why else would the Minister of the Pen call personally?†   (source)
  • CIA director Alan Dulles, an urbane and wealthy gentleman in his late sixties, epitomizes that aura of secrecy and covert intrigue.†   (source)
  • The farmers aren't taking much notice — they don't mind the odd one or two missing — but it intrigues me.†   (source)
  • Cedric and a Latino girl from modest, inner-city origins are the two students that most intrigue him in the class, kids who are now observing life at the kind of awful schools from which they sprung.†   (source)
  • And something else: Tereza accepted Karenin for what he was; she did not try to make him over in her image; she agreed from the outset with his dog's life, did not wish to deprive him of it, did not envy him his secret intrigues.†   (source)
  • It meant longer chow lines, longer laundry lines, more noise, more intrigue, and more chaos.†   (source)
  • He seldom took her anywhere except to the movies and he never took her to parties where people of his own set danced and laughed and developed intrigues among themselves.†   (source)
  • He was exceedingly annoyed by the question—it seemed to make light of grave matters—but the subject did intrigue him.†   (source)
  • 'You'll get a good night's sleep with the girls,' Milo replied with the same air of intrigue.†   (source)
  • Yet an air of mystery and intrigue seemed to rise from the man.†   (source)
  • This comment intrigues me.†   (source)
  • I choose them because they intrigue me.†   (source)
  • Was he a modern courtier, I should think he had outwitted him in court intrigue.†   (source)
  • The scholars who came to decipher the code realized almost at once that this was not something related to international intrigue.†   (source)
  • The east end faced the Great Hall and all the civilization and intrigue of the lighted world.†   (source)
  • Real intrigue was far more delicious than the pretend kind.†   (source)
  • They read the long article in silence, an article that told of death and intrigue in Zurich.†   (source)
  • I would be basically the same, I thought, stirring my coffee, yet so subtly changed as to intrigue those who had never been North.†   (source)
  • But it intrigues me that you'd consider it possible to renege on something unspoken.†   (source)
  • The conversation's pace intrigues me.†   (source)
  • After years of intrigue and outright war with her barons, she knew when she was beaten.†   (source)
  • "You intrigue and surprise me," Cassius said.†   (source)
  • In that day's register, I'd written that in the absence of actual events, it was likely that Glimmer & Company itself was involved in the manufacturing of happenings, creating intrigue and complication for the sake of extending funded research.†   (source)
  • Somewhere in North Carolina there had to be a missing puzzle piece that would begin to make sense out of all this murder and intrigue.†   (source)
  • Soldiering was beginning to intrigue him.†   (source)
  • And they will support internal intrigues.†   (source)
  • Good science is more like Proust than Mr. Popper's Penguins; its stories startle us with their strangeness, but they intrigue us by their originality, and end by rewarding us with the truth, after an effort.†   (source)
  • Whether you found it dashing or tawdry, at least it had been a romance, complete with intrigue and scandal and a wrenching separation.†   (source)
  • I told them of my visits to Gilbreath and Pearce, of my rising awareness that we were helpless before the inspired, solitary malignancy of the intrigue against us.†   (source)
  • Fiedler was a rarity in the Abteilung—he took no part in its intrigues, seemed content to live in Mundt's shadow without prospect of promotion.†   (source)
  • We transport you into a world of intrigue and illusion ...clowns, if you like, murderers-we can do you ghosts and battles, on the skirmish level, heroes, villains, tormented lovers-set pieces in the poetic vein; we can do you rapiers or rape or both, by all means, faithless wives and ravished virgins-flagrante delicto at a price, but that comes under realism for which there are special terms.†   (source)
  • The whole question of wolf communications was to intrigue me more and more as time went on, but on this occasion I was still laboring under the delusion that complex communications among animals other than man did not exist.†   (source)
  • I hear of the intrigues of the palace and the affairs of the Temple.†   (source)
  • There is more and more suspicion-informers, intrigues, hatreds.†   (source)
  • In John Quincy Adams these very characteristics were unhappily out of tune with the party intrigues and political passions of the day.†   (source)
  • But this only seemed to intrigue them more.†   (source)
  • "Your blog intrigues me," Katherine told her.†   (source)
  • It's a patchwork quilt of alliances, factions, and intrigues.†   (source)
  • Teabing's bushy eyebrows arched with intrigue.†   (source)
  • This connection between Baker, Booth, and Stanton continues to intrigue and befuddle scholars.†   (source)
  • And royal courts are justly famous for their intrigues.†   (source)
  • Hamilton was a great "intriguer," but so,too, was Jefferson, Adams wrote.†   (source)
  • Intrigue and mystery arewhat you're after, I think.†   (source)
  • Breaking up the Confederacy would invite foreign intrigue.†   (source)
  • The radio said: "It's the rainbow hologram that gives this credit card a marketing intrigue.†   (source)
  • John called him "as great a hypocrite as any in the U.S. His intrigues in the election I despise."†   (source)
  • If the people made the appointments, they could not be coerced by cabals and intrigue.†   (source)
  • No matter how it is put together, every appointment council will support cabal and intrigue.†   (source)
  • Delays, negotiations, and intrigue would hurt the public good.†   (source)
  • It would multiply the evils of favoritism and intrigue in giving out public honors.†   (source)
  • And by his intrigues and his arms, Philip made himself master of the confederacy.†   (source)
  • By his intrigues and bribes, he won over the popular leaders of several cities.†   (source)
  • At the same time, foreign intrigues nourish the constitutional vices.†   (source)
  • It didn't take long for them to gather everyone—Thomas figured the intrigue of hearing what the dead-guy-walking had to say was just too good to pass up.†   (source)
  • Yet, for all of the joy and intrigue, Yale planted a seed of doubt in my mind about whether I belonged.†   (source)
  • She relished being where she was, visible like this, a conduit like this, a guide to her watchers, but this responsibility, this unnecessary intrigue, it crippled her.†   (source)
  • He had no taste for these intrigues, but he was beginning to realize that they were meat and mead to a man like Littlefinger.†   (source)
  • Whether slipping past dragons, eavesdropping on intriguers, and sneaking into treasuries, or plucking a pie from the pantry, knocking the cap off a constable, and lighting the schoolmaster's coattails on fire, suffice it to say that a thousand tales have been told in acknowledgment of invisibility's bounty.†   (source)
  • He was done with politics and intrigue.†   (source)
  • One of the slave-concubines permitted my father under the Bene Gesserit-Guild agreement could not, of course, bear a Royal Successor, but the intrigues were constant and oppressive in their similarity.†   (source)
  • You intrigue me.†   (source)
  • Langdon's curiosity was a mix of intrigue and apprehension, his imagination in overdrive as it tried desperately to put the pieces together.†   (source)
  • And Mr. Langdon's refusal to speak publicly about his unusual role in last year's Vatican conclave certainly wins him points on our intrigue-o-meter.†   (source)
  • He had no taste for these intrigues, and there was no honor in threatening children, and yet ...if Cersei elected to fight rather than flee, he might well have need of Renly's hundred swords, and more besides.†   (source)
  • To my surprise, she didn't want to know only about my first parents; in fact, the Kurohatas seemed to intrigue her more.†   (source)
  • And I spend my days running a corporation that has more intrigues than a four-hundred-page romance novel.†   (source)
  • It is real, all of it, he thought, the wars, the intrigues, the great bloody game, and me in the center of it ...me, the dwarf, the monster, the one they scorned and laughed at, but now I hold it all, the power, the city, the girl.†   (source)
  • What intrigues me now, however, is my mistaken assumption that my prayers were responsible for Delora's disappearance.†   (source)
  • Elijah had a way of making the young children howl with laughter while mesmerizing his older listeners with mystery and intrigue.†   (source)
  • This was where the senator preferred to hold his meetings, weave his intrigues, forge his deals, and, in his lonely hours, closet himself to release his rage, his frustrated desire, or his sorrow.†   (source)
  • Always the intrigue.†   (source)
  • Handmade cards and candy were exchanged, and I was reminded of the giddy intrigue of a fifth-grade classroom.†   (source)
  • Yes, there were times I longed for that simplicity of husband and wife in the cabin of the Ocean Star with nothing but time between great lavish meals, the best wines, and the intrigues of physical discoveries.†   (source)
  • I sensed that while she might willingly surrender herself (in order to satisfy herself) she was far too sophisticated and skilled in intrigue to compromise her position as Jack's mistress by revealing anything important to me.†   (source)
  • Lilith has been signing secret agreements with the witches and infringing on Rashaverak's trade.... The intrigues are endless.†   (source)
  • The royal jewelry was the only resource she'd had, that and the knowledge she'd gained listening to the father of her fiancé as he'd tried to hammer into the head of his dull son the complicated intrigue necessary to seize the throne.†   (source)
  • Like most of those kinds of places, Les Classiques has its own clientele, all wealthy, most known to each other and with the usual marital intrigues and adulteries that go with the scene.†   (source)
  • It's why you intrigue me.†   (source)
  • She was no match for palace intrigues.†   (source)
  • The Confederate president had set aside more than $1 million in gold to pay for acts of espionage and intrigue against the Union and housed a portion of the money in Canada.†   (source)
  • He'd had Ted Sizer, Brown's famous education professor, back when he was getting his master's in education at Harvard in the late '60s; his mix of teaching and administrating might intrigue them; and he "presented" well, with his easy, affable manner, accessible good looks (much like the fatherly, grayhaired actor William Windom), and the slightly rumpled demeanor of a professor, all tweed and oxford cotton and rep ties.†   (source)
  • She noticed the gradual changes in the attention paid her by livid women, degraded by arthritis and resentment, who one day were convinced of the uselessness of their intrigues and appeared unannounced in the little Park of the Evangels as if it were their own home, bearing recipes and engagement gifts.†   (source)
  • Whereas tales of his exploits give rise to images of a world filled with violence and conspiracy, high-explosives and higher intrigues, fast cars and faster women, the facts would seem to indicate at least as much Adam Smith as Ian Fleming.†   (source)
  • No one was all that inclined to be social with strangers, but some limited intrigue took place around cigarettes.†   (source)
  • Once placed, the smee stretched, flipped onto his tummy, and launched into an unabridged recitation of his many adventures, intrigues, and scandals.†   (source)
  • The intrigue.†   (source)
  • It wasn't exactly love at first sight, but in Northampton, to a twenty-two-year-old looking for adventure, she was a figure of intrigue.†   (source)
  • "There has been too much intrigue in this business," he added, suggesting he knew more, or suspected more, than he appeared to.†   (source)
  • Lovell, the most active member of the Committee for Foreign Affairs and a dedicated patriot, was a shrewd, industrious man who loved intrigue and would make himself Congress's expert on cryptology.†   (source)
  • We still enjoyed our time, eating peanut M&Ms while I spun all the intrigues of the place out for him to absorb.†   (source)
  • Even his ambition seemed to become him—Adams wrote of Hamilton's "high-minded ambition"—and his incurable love of intrigue had thus far alienated no one.†   (source)
  • To compound his troubles, word had been passed to him for the first time explaining the "dark and dirty intrigue" used to deny him votes for Vice President, and it sickened him.†   (source)
  • I had rather you should be worthy makers of brooms and baskets than unworthy presidents of the United States procured by intrigue, factious slander and corruption.†   (source)
  • He became the attorney for the accused—fierce and vivid in defense, writing with exceptional vigor and not a little self-admiration, even occasional wonderment at his own virtuous tenacity in the face of opposition and intrigue.†   (source)
  • However, the delay could be an advantage to a guilty person, with its opportunities for intrigue and corruption.†   (source)
  • "I firmly believe," she darkly forecast to Mary, "if I live ten years longer, I shall see a division of the Southern and Northern states, unless more candor and less intrigue, of which I have no hopes, should prevail."†   (source)
  • I must own to you that the daring traits of ambition and intrigue, and those unbridled rivalries which have already appeared, are the most melancholy and alarming systems that I have ever seen in this country.†   (source)
  • Men with local prejudices or sinister plans may use intrigue or corruption to be elected, and then betray the interests of the people.†   (source)
  • Men who have no qualifications to hold office—beyond their narrow scope of personal intrigue—could have political positions.†   (source)
  • All too plainly, times had changed: All the old patriots, all the splendid talents, the long experience, both Federalists and Anti-Federalists must be subjected to the humiliation of seeing this dextrous gentleman [Burr] rise like a balloon, filled with uninflammable air over the heads...'What an encouragement to party intrigue and corruption !†   (source)
  • Such imbecility and distraction reigned that the Roman army easily completed the ruin that their intrigues began.†   (source)
  • And the threats he saw to the country: "The internal intrigues of our monied and landed and slaved aristocracies are and will be our ruin."†   (source)
  • With the passage of the assumption bill at the end of the month came cries of "intrigues, cabals, and combinations."†   (source)
  • A man who is talented in low intrigues and who is popular and charming may be able to become a State governor.†   (source)
  • Jefferson has succeeded, and multitudes are made to believe that he is pure benevolence...But you and I know him to be an intriguer.†   (source)
  • You have made peace between powers that never were at war," he said, happy about the news but choosing to make light of it, as if no one was supposed ever to think there had been any serious differences between him and the man he had earlier told Rush was a consummate intriguer.†   (source)
  • In Federalist pamphlets and newspapers, Jefferson was decried as a hopeless visionary, a weakling, an intriguer intoxicated with French philosophy, more a Frenchman than an American, and therefore a bad man.†   (source)
  • versed in legal lore, profoundly skilled in political science; joined to the advantage of forty years' unceasing engagement in the turbulent and triumphant scenes, both at home and in Europe, which have marked our history; learned in the language and arts of diplomacy; more conversant with the views, jealousies, resources, and intrigues of Great Britain, France and Holland than any other American; alike aloof to flattery and vulgar ambition, as above all undue control [he has as] ....his sole object ....the present freedom and independence of his country and its future glory.†   (source)
  • Intrigue them.†   (source)
  • As an obituary notice later described it: With a readiness which was often surprising he could quote from a Roman law or a Greek philosopher, from Virgil's Georgics, the Arabian Nights, Herodotus or Sancho Panza, from the Sacred Carpets, the German Reformers or Adam Smith; from Fenelon or Hudibras, from the Financial Reports of Necca, or the doings of the Council of Trent; from the debates of the adoption of the Constitution, or the intrigues of the kitchen cabinet, or from some forgotten speech of a deceased member of Congress.†   (source)
  • Then, in the days of disaffection and intrigue that led up to the Great Battle, it was rumored that more than his spirit might have lived on...It was early morning.†   (source)
  • He will have to deal with savagery and ignorance, with dissolute priests and political intrigue.†   (source)
  • She revealed an unexpected and infallible instinct for intrigue.†   (source)
  • The old corrosion has lost its bite—envy, intrigue and bitterness have been washed out.†   (source)
  • To idle or intrigue at court I have no skill.†   (source)
  • But all the Hungarians had been intriguers.†   (source)
  • If the maids-in-waiting were pleased by the Queen's supposed renewal of intrigue, there were others at court who were not Or, if they were pleased, it was a cruel and waiting pleasure.†   (source)
  • But really, with all respect for the Commissioner, Einhorn, while still fresh and palmy, had his father's overriding powers plus something else, statesmanship, fineness of line, Parsee sense, deep-dug intrigue, the scorn of Pope Alexander VI for custom.†   (source)
  • There was an overall atmosphere of nervousness and intrigue, of children telling tales upon others, of children being deprived of food to punish them.†   (source)
  • to give Jack Burden a cup of tea (she was flattered by the "historical" interest in her house, though she didn't guess the exact nature of the case), certainly was not "agile" and didn't look "resourceful" and probably had used up all her energy in the Ladies Altar Guild of St. Luke's Episcopal Church and in the D.A.R. The period of the intrigue, the second phase of the story of Cass Mastern, lasted all of one academic year, part of the summer (for Cass was compelled to go back to Mississippi for his plantation affairs and to attend the wedding of his sister Lavinia, who married a well-connected young man named Willis Burden), and well through the next winter, when Cass was back i†   (source)
  • In truth, this problem intrigues me.†   (source)
  • His quality was extraordinary; he had something that was a great deal better than most intelligence; he saw the world in burlesque, and his occasional answer to its sham, hypocrisy, and intrigue was the idiot devastation of "whah-whah!"†   (source)
  • His jokes, riddles and scraps of rhyme, and his endless digs at Lear's high-minded folly, ranging from mere derision to a sort of melancholy poetry ("All thy other titles thou hast given away, that thou wast born with"), are like a trickle of sanity running through the play, a reminder that somewhere or other in spite of the injustices, cruelties, intrigues, deceptions and misunderstandings that are being enacted here, life is going on much as usual.†   (source)
  • The girl introduced her to handsome young men, gave parties and dances at Gant's and Eliza's for her, was really a partner in her intrigues, assuring her of privacy, silence, and darkness, and defending her angrily when the evil whispering began.†   (source)
  • What does the Archbishop do, and our Sovereign Lord the Pope With the stubborn King and the French King In ceaseless intrigue, combinations.†   (source)
  • and porters who sang proudly in the choir; subdued redcaps and carpenters who served as deacons; meek, blank-eyed black and yellow washerwomen who shouted and moaned and danced when hymns were sung; jovial, pot-bellied black bishops; skinny old maids who were constantly giving rallies to raise money; snobbery, clannishness, gossip, intrigue, petty class rivalry, and conspicuous displays of cheap clothing ....I liked it and I did not like it; I longed to be among them, yet when with them I looked at them as if I were a million miles away.†   (source)
  • The daughters-in-law did not want her, and she, the widow of a powerful Odessa businessman—a divinity over us, bald, whiskery, with a fat nose, greatly armored in a cutaway, a double-breasted vest, powerfully buttoned (his blue photo, enlarged and retouched by Mr. Lulov, hung in the parlor, doubled back between the portico columns of the full-length mirror, the dome of the stove beginning where his trunk ended)—she preferred to live with us, because for so many years she was used to direct a house, to command, to govern, to manage, scheme, devise, and intrigue in all her languages.†   (source)
  • I hungered for the sharp, frightening, breathtaking, almost painful excitement that the story had given me, and I vowed that as soon as I was old enough I would buy all the novels there were and read them to feed that thirst for violence that was in me, for intrigue, tbr plotting, for secrecy, for bloody murders.†   (source)
  • What have I to do with her intrigues with you?†   (source)
  • A message through you asking her to come is at least free from any odour of intrigue.†   (source)
  • Had there been women in the house, I should have suspected a mere vulgar intrigue.†   (source)
  • "It is not my intrigue!" cried Lebedeff, waving his hand.†   (source)
  • It had struck me that it was possible that some love intrigue was on foot.†   (source)
  • It had been arranged that she was to intrigue him.†   (source)
  • Gottlieb wondered if someone had not tricked this good bald man into intrigues with the beautifiers.†   (source)
  • It was a little intrigue, you understand.†   (source)
  • He was tired of knocking about, of pulling the devil by the tail, of shifts and intrigues.†   (source)
  • To Forcheville nothing of that sort; no allusion that could suggest any intrigue between them.†   (source)
  • But still, oughtn't to—" He saw Carol, slim black and ivory, cool, scornful of intrigue.†   (source)
  • It is simply a plot, an intrigue, to upset our plans and to stir up a quarrel.†   (source)
  • It was engineered by other people, and is, properly speaking, rather a fantasy than an intrigue!†   (source)
  • I am profoundly ignorant of all these stock-jobbing intrigues.†   (source)
  • It was plain that Wildeve's intrigue was rather ideal than real.†   (source)
  • In the eyes of a legislator, prostitution is less to be dreaded than intrigue.†   (source)
  • Intrigue, and Ways and Means, you're all up in, so we shall only want one rehearsal.†   (source)
  • He continued: "So it seems you are trying to get up another intrigue.†   (source)
  • Marat in his youth had had amorous intrigues.†   (source)
  • Intrigues were arranged there; tentative meetings were there experimented after divisions and feuds.†   (source)
  • Such an intrigue would damage him later on, when he set up for himself.†   (source)
  • These are the times of small parties and of intrigue.†   (source)
  • She had an intrigue with Tushkevitch, deceiving her husband in the basest way.†   (source)
  • —his own mind full of intrigue, that he should suspect it in others.†   (source)
  • But this intrigue did not now occupy the old man's mind.†   (source)
  • The whole intrigue, the whole deceit was evident.†   (source)
  • It surpassed any complications of intrigue in her favourite Pigault le Brun.†   (source)
  • Intriguer!" she hissed viciously, and tugged with all her might at the portfolio.†   (source)
  • In the constitution of New Hampshire (p.105), corruption, intrigue, and maladministration.†   (source)
  • If it were a common, vulgar, worldly intrigue, they would have left me alone.†   (source)
  • Let us separate, and let us seek the mercer's wife—that is the key of the intrigue.†   (source)
  • Monsieur Homais suspected some "young man's affair" at the bottom of it, an intrigue.†   (source)
  • Ah, bah, old intriguer, crooked little puppet!†   (source)
  • He imagined himself to be drawn into one of those fantastic intrigues one meets in dreams.†   (source)
  • Miss Wirt was the confidante of this intrigue.†   (source)
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  • Price's keen little eyes seemed to suspect him of an intrigue.   (source)
    intrigue = secret love affair
  • She imagined him carrying on intrigues with native women or Eurasians.   (source)
    intrigues = secret love affairs
  • She imagined that Edward was carrying on intrigues with other women—with two at once; with three.   (source)
  • All the same it would be very satisfactory to have an intrigue, and he thrilled with the legitimate pride he would enjoy in his conquest.   (source)
    intrigue = secret love affair
  • His affair with Mrs Basil, which was now all that she had to bring, in her heart, against him, she could not find it in her to call an intrigue.   (source)
  • The young man had been engaged in an intrigue with a girl who played in touring companies, and his account of the affair filled Philip with envious amazement.   (source)
  • Suddenly panic seized her; for Professor Erlin with brutal frankness had suggested the possible consequences of an intrigue which was now manifest to everyone, and she saw her good name in Heidelberg and the repute of her house ruined by a scandal which could not possibly be hidden.   (source)
  • She had to give him, for instance, to understand that if I ever came to know of his intrigue she would ruin him beyond repair.   (source)
  • Miss Price told him a long, involved story, which made out that Mrs. Otter, a humdrum and respectable little person, had scabrous intrigues.   (source)
    intrigues = secret love affairs
  • I had not figured it out that she could have played it so low down as to continue her intrigue with that fellow under my roof.   (source)
    intrigue = secret love affair
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  • At school there had been two or three girls of more boldness than modesty whom some of the boys knew; and desperate stories, due in all probability to the masculine imagination, were told of intrigues with them; but Philip had always concealed under a lofty contempt the terror with which they filled him.   (source)
    intrigues = secret love affairs
  • And the occasion of her boxing Maisie's ears, had, after it was over, riveted in her mind the idea that there was no intrigue between Edward and Mrs Maidan.   (source)
    intrigue = secret love affair
  • It made her, in the first place, hopeless—for she could not see how, after that, Edward could return to her—after a vulgar intrigue with a vulgar woman.   (source)
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