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perplex
used in War and Peace

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Definition
to confuse
  • He looked at Prince Vasili in perplexity, and only later grasped that a stroke was an attack of illness.
    Book One — 1805 (71% in)
  • "Yes, they are splendid, splendid youngsters," chimed in the count, who always solved questions that seemed to him perplexing by deciding that everything was splendid.
    Book One — 1805 (36% in)
  • Prince Vasili stared at her and at Boris questioningly and perplexed.
    Book One — 1805 (43% in)
  • In a corner of the hut stood a standard captured from the French, and the accountant with the naive face was feeling its texture, shaking his head in perplexity—perhaps because the banner really interested him, perhaps because it was hard for him, hungry as he was, to look on at a dinner where there was no place for him.
    Book Two — 1805 (97% in)
  • Langeron lifted his eyes with an expression of perplexity, turned round to Miloradovich as if seeking an explanation, but meeting the latter's impressive but meaningless gaze drooped his eyes sadly and again took to twirling his snuffbox.
    Book Three — 1805 (66% in)
  • Pierre, perplexed, looked round with his shortsighted eyes without obeying, and suddenly doubts arose in his mind.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (20% in)
  • In my perplexity I did not know whose aid and advice to seek.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (30% in)
  • Pierre, who knew she was very stupid, sometimes attended, with a strange feeling of perplexity and fear, her evenings and dinner parties, where politics, poetry, and philosophy were discussed.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (31% in)
  • Berg's proposal was at first received with a perplexity that was not flattering to him.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (40% in)
  • After the first feeling of perplexity aroused in the parents by Berg's proposal, the holiday tone of joyousness usual at such times took possession of the family, but the rejoicing was external and insincere.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (41% in)
  • She looked into her lover's face and saw in it a look of commiseration and perplexity.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (89% in)
  • She asked herself in perplexity: "What does he look for in me?
    Book Six — 1808-10 (91% in)
  • I feel so comfortable!" answered Natasha, almost perplexed by her feelings.
    Book Seven — 1810-11 (56% in)
  • What is going on in the world?" he would ask himself in perplexity several times a day, involuntarily beginning to reflect anew on the meaning of the phenomena of life; but knowing by experience that there were no answers to these questions he made haste to turn away from them, and took up a book, or hurried of to the Club or to Apollon Nikolaevich's, to exchange the gossip of the town.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (3% in)
  • She looked at the faces of the audience, seeking in them the same sense of ridicule and perplexity she herself experienced, but they all seemed attentive to what was happening on the stage, and expressed delight which to Natasha seemed feigned.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (40% in)
  • Eh?" repeated Anatole, sincerely perplexed by a thought of the future.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (73% in)
  • "What could he wish or look for that he would not have obtained through my friendship?" demanded Napoleon, shrugging his shoulders in perplexity.
    Book Nine — 1812 (23% in)
  • The uninterested and perplexed faces of the marshals showed that they were puzzled as to what Balashev's tone suggested.
    Book Nine — 1812 (27% in)
  • At Anna Pavlovna's they talked with perplexity of Bonaparte's successes just as before and saw in them and in the subservience shown to him by the European sovereigns a malicious conspiracy, the sole object of which was to cause unpleasantness and anxiety to the court circle of which Anna Pavlovna was the representative.
    Book Ten — 1812 (18% in)
  • Lavrushka, understanding that this was done to perplex him and that Napoleon expected him to be frightened, to gratify his new masters promptly pretended to be astonished and awe-struck, opened his eyes wide, and assumed the expression he usually put on when taken to be whipped.
    Book Ten — 1812 (22% in)
  • Suddenly his face assumed a subtle expression, he shrugged his shoulders with an air of perplexity.
    Book Ten — 1812 (43% in)
  • The latter in Pierre's presence had ceased to be caustic, and his face expressed perplexity as to what Julie's smile might mean.
    Book Ten — 1812 (48% in)
  • "Oh!" said Pierre, looking over his spectacles in perplexity at Prince Andrew.
    Book Ten — 1812 (65% in)
  • For some seconds they gazed with frightened eyes at one another's unfamiliar faces and both were perplexed at what they had done and what they were to do next.
    Book Ten — 1812 (84% in)
  • Berg and the countess looked at her, perplexed and frightened.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (38% in)
  • The officer stood perplexed and his face showed indecision.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (51% in)
  • The porter, listening in perplexity to the unfamiliar Polish accent and not realizing that the interpreter was speaking Russian, did not understand what was being said to him and slipped behind the others.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (67% in)
  • Pierre felt, moreover, what the accused always feel at their trial, perplexity as to why these questions were put to him.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (49% in)
  • Little Nicholas cried because his heart was rent by painful perplexity.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (**% in)
  • What Russian, reading the account of the last part of the campaign of 1812, has not experienced an uncomfortable feeling of regret, dissatisfaction, and perplexity?
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (92% in)
  • Again everything was shrouded in hard, dry perplexity, and again with a strained frown she peered toward the world where he was.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (2% in)
  • He ceased speaking and bowed his head as if in perplexity.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (10% in)
  • Formerly all pecuniary questions, especially requests for money to which, as an extremely wealthy man, he was very exposed, produced in him a state of hopeless agitation and perplexity.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (23% in)
  • Formerly he had been in a similar state of perplexity with regard to every question concerning his property, when one person advised one thing and another something else.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (23% in)
  • Now to his surprise he found that he no longer felt either doubt or perplexity about these questions.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (23% in)

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