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perplex
used in Anna Karenina

14 uses
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Definition
to confuse
  • All his efforts to draw her into open discussion she confronted with a barrier which he could not penetrate, made up of a sort of amused perplexity.
    Part Two (26% in)
  • She saw, too, how coldly her father responded at last to Vronsky's bow, and how Vronsky looked with amiable perplexity at her father, as though trying and failing to understand how and why anyone could be hostilely disposed towards him, and she flushed.
    Part One (46% in)
  • Yet, elevated as Madame Stahl's character was, touching as was her story, and exalted and moving as was her speech, Kitty could not help detecting in her some traits which perplexed her.
    Part Two (90% in)
  • Trivial as these two observations were, they perplexed her, and she had her doubts as to Madame Stahl.
    Part Two (90% in)
  • Only quite lately in regard to his relations with Anna, Vronsky had begun to feel that his code of principles did not fully cover all possible contingencies, and to foresee in the future difficulties and perplexities for which he could find no guiding clue.
    Part Three (59% in)
  • What do you mean?" he asked in perplexity, speaking in French.
    Part Four (31% in)
  • Then how can you doubt that God created all?" the priest said, with good-humored perplexity.
    Part Five (4% in)
  • There was an interval of hesitation, whispering, and smiles; but the expression of solemn emotion on the faces of the betrothed pair did not change: on the contrary, in their perplexity over their hands they looked more grave and deeply moved than before, and the smile with which Stepan Arkadyevitch whispered to them that now they would each put on their own ring died away on his lips.
    Part Five (15% in)
  • He shrugged his shoulders with an air of perplexity and despair.
    Part Five (94% in)
  • She began looking more languidly, and gazed back at the sportsmen, as it were, with perplexity or reproach in her eyes.
    Part Six (27% in)
  • And the amazement and perplexity of Stepan Arkadyevitch at this avowal made her smile.
    Part Six (49% in)
  • Anxious to throw some light on his own perplexity from the impressions of others, Levin began to walk about, looking for connoisseurs, and was glad to see a well-known musical amateur in conversation with Pestsov, whom he knew.
    Part Seven (15% in)
  • And they fell to talking of the last war news, and each concealed from the other his perplexity as to the engagement expected next day, since the Turks had been beaten, according to the latest news, at all points.
    Part Eight (17% in)
  • Well, what is it perplexes me?
    Part Eight (96% in)

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