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perplex
used in The House of the Seven Gables

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Definition
to confuse
  • Phoebe loved no riddles, and would have been glad to escape the perplexity of this one.
    Chapter 9 — Clifford and Phoebe (93% in)
perplexity = confusion due to complexity
  • "Nay, please your worship," answered the man, in much perplexity, but with a backwardness that strikingly indicated the hard and severe character of Colonel Pyncheon's domestic rule; "my master's orders were exceeding strict; and, as your worship knows, he permits of no discretion in the obedience of those who owe him service.
    Chapter 1 — The Old Pyncheon Family (35% in)
  • His professional brethren, each for himself, adopted various hypotheses, more or less plausible, but all dressed out in a perplexing mystery of phrase, which, if it do not show a bewilderment of mind in these erudite physicians, certainly causes it in the unlearned peruser of their opinions.
    Chapter 1 — The Old Pyncheon Family (47% in)
  • In the way of furniture, there were two tables: one, constructed with perplexing intricacy and exhibiting as many feet as a centipede; the other, most delicately wrought, with four long and slender legs, so apparently frail that it was almost incredible what a length of time the ancient tea-table had stood upon them.
    Chapter 2 — The Little Shop-Window (24% in)
  • It seemed a queer anomaly, that so gaunt and dismal a personage should take a toy in hand; a miracle, that the toy did not vanish in her grasp; a miserably absurd idea, that she should go on perplexing her stiff and sombre intellect with the question how to tempt little boys into her premises!
    Chapter 2 — The Little Shop-Window (61% in)
  • His character perplexed the little country-girl, as it might a more practised observer; for, while the tone of his conversation had generally been playful, the impression left on her mind was that of gravity, and, except as his youth modified it, almost sternness.
    Chapter 6 — Maule's Well (73% in)
  • Phoebe went accordingly, but perplexed herself, meanwhile, with queries as to the purport of the scene which she had just witnessed, and also whether judges, clergymen, and other characters of that eminent stamp and respectability, could really, in any single instance, be otherwise than just and upright men.
    Chapter 8 — The Pyncheon of To-day (96% in)
  • The same perplexity will invariably haunt us with regard to natures that tend to feed exclusively upon the Beautiful, let their earthly fate be as lenient as it may.
    Chapter 9 — Clifford and Phoebe (58% in)
  • "How strangely in earnest you are!" exclaimed Phoebe, looking at him with surprise and perplexity; half alarmed and partly inclined to laugh.
    Chapter 12 — The Daguerreotypist (95% in)
  • "I wish you would speak more plainly," cried Phoebe, perplexed and displeased; "and, above all, that you would feel more like a Christian and a human being!
    Chapter 14 — Phoebe's Good-Bye (54% in)
  • Whether it was only on account of the stealthy, prying manner common to the race, or that this cat seemed to have more than ordinary mischief in his thoughts, the old gentlewoman, in spite of her much perplexity, felt an impulse to drive the animal away, and accordingly flung down a window stick.
    Chapter 16 — Clifford's Chamber (57% in)
  • There is evidently a mystery about the picture, that perplexes these poor Pyncheons when they ought to be at rest.
    Chapter 18 — Governor Pyncheon (77% in)
  • Many persons affirmed that the history and elucidation of the facts, long so mysterious, had been obtained by the daguerreotypist from one of those mesmerical seers who, nowadays, so strangely perplex the aspect of human affairs, and put everybody's natural vision to the blush, by the marvels which they see with their eyes shut.
    Chapter 21 — The Departure (18% in)

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