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Слово "perplexity". Англо-русский словарь Мюллера

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  1. perplexity [pəˈpleksɪtɪ]существительное
    1. недоумение; растерянность; смущение

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      1. After the moment's perplexity, not altogether unmingled with amusement, he put the matter out of his mind.
        С минуту Кэразерс недоумевал и, пожалуй, немножко забавлялся этим пустяковым случаем, а потом выбросил его из головы.
        Нечто человеческое. Уильям Сомерсет Моэм, стр. 34
      2. She shivered a little as she closed the door behind her, and her face was eloquent of her surprise and perplexity.
        Закрывая за собой дверь, она вся дрожала, и на лице ее было написано смятение. 
        Человек-невидимка. Герберт Уэлс, стр. 4
      3. "Smo-o-oke?" The valet raised his eyes to him with scornful perplexity, as if still not believing his ears. "Smoke?
        - По-ку-рить? - с презрительным недоумением вскинул на него глаза камердинер, как бы все еще не веря ушам; - покурить?
        Идиот. Федор Михайлович Достоевский, стр. 19
    2. затруднение, дилемма

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      1. Thither, too, thronged the plebeian classes, as freely as their betters, and in larger number. Just within the entrance, however, stood two serving-men, pointing some of the guests to the neighborhood of the kitchen, and ushering others into the statelier rooms—hospitable alike to all, but still with a scrutinising regard to the high or low degree of each. Velvet garments, sombre but rich, stiffly-plaited ruffs and bands, embroidered gloves, venerable beards, the mien and countenance of authority, made it easy to distinguish the gentleman of worship, at that period, from the tradesman, with his plodding air, or the laborer, in his leathern jerkin, stealing awe-stricken into the house which he had perhaps helped to build. One inauspicious circumstance there was, which awakened a hardly concealed displeasure in the breasts of a few of the more punctilious visitors. The founder of this stately mansion—a gentleman noted for the square and ponderous courtesy of his demeanor—ought surely to have stood in his own hall, and to have offered the first welcome to so many eminent personages as here presented themselves in honor of his solemn festival. He was as yet invisible; the most favored of the guests had not beheld him. This sluggishness on Colonel Pyncheon's part became still more unaccountable, when the second dignitary of the province made his appearance, and found no more ceremonious a reception. The lieutenant-governor, although his visit was one of the anticipated glories of the day, had alighted from his horse, and assisted his lady from her side-saddle, and crossed the colonel's threshold, without other greeting than that of the principal domestic. This person—a gray-headed man, of quiet and most respectful deportment—found it necessary to explain that his master still remained in his study, or private apartment; on entering which, an hour before, he had expressed a wish on no account to be disturbed. "Do not you see, fellow," said the high sheriff of the county, taking the servant aside, "that this is no less a man than the lieutenant-governor? Summon Colonel Pyncheon at once! I know that he received letters from England this morning; and, in the perusal and consideration of them, an hour may have passed away without his noticing it. But he will be ill-pleased, I judge, if you suffer him to neglect the courtesy due to one of our chief rulers, and who may be said to represent King William, in the absence of the governor himself. Call your master instantly!" "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 exceedingly strict; and, as your worship knows, he permits of no discretion in the obedience of those who owe him service. Let who list open yonder door; I dare not, though the governor's own voice should bid me do it!" "Pooh, pooh, master high sheriff!" cried the lieutenant-governor, who had overheard the foregoing discussion, and felt himself high enough in station to play a little with his dignity. "I will take the matter into my own hands. It is time that the good colonel came forth to greet his friends, else we shall be apt to suspect that he has taken a sip too much of his Canary wine, in his extreme deliberation which cask it were best to broach, in honor of the day! But since he is so much behindhand, I will give him a remembrancer myself!" Accordingly, with such a tramp of his ponderous riding-boots as might of itself have been audible in the remotest of the seven gables, he advanced to the door, which the servant pointed out, and made its new panels re-echo with a loud, free knock. Then, looking round, with a smile, to the spectators, he awaited a response. As none came, however, he knocked again, but with the same unsatisfactory result as at first. And now, being a trifle choleric in his temperament, the lieutenant-governor uplifted the heavy hilt of his sword, wherewith he so beat and banged upon the door, that, as some of the bystanders whispered, the racket might have disturbed the dead. Be that as it might, it seemed to produce no awakening effect on Colonel Pyncheon. When the sound subsided, the silence through the house was deep, dreary, and oppressive, notwithstanding that the tongues of many of the guests had already been loosened by a surreptitious cup or two of wine or spirits.
        Шло время, а он все не появлялся. Наконец присутствовавший среди гостей лейтенант-губернатор решил позвать хозяина к столу. Он подошел к двери приемной и постучал. Но ответа не последовало. Когда затих стук, в доме царило глубокое, страшное, тяготившее душу молчание.
        Дом о семи шпилях. Натаниэль Готорн, стр. 8
      2. I've had many a laugh at her perplexities and untold troubles, which she vainly strove to hide from my mockery.
        Я не раз посмеивалась над ее затруднениями, над затаенной тревогой, которую она напрасно пыталась укрыть от моих насмешек.
        Грозовой перевал. Эмили Джейн Бронте, стр. 66
      3. Miss Stoner did so, and Holmes, after a careful examination through the open window, endeavoured in every way to force the shutter open, but without success. There was no slit through which a knife could be passed to raise the bar. Then with his lens he tested the hinges, but they were of solid iron, built firmly into the massive masonry. “Hum!” said he, scratching his chin in some perplexity, “my theory certainly presents some difficulties. No one could pass these shutters if they were bolted. Well, we shall see if the inside throws any light upon the matter.”
        Мисс Стоунер исполнила его просьбу. Холмс предварительно осмотрев окно, употребил все усилия, чтобы открыть ставни снаружи, но безуспешно: не было ни одной щелки, сквозь которую можно было бы просунуть хоть лезвие ножа, чтобы поднять засов. При помощи лупы он осмотрел петли, но они были из твердого железа и крепко вделаны в массивную стену. — Гм! — проговорил он, в раздумье почесывая подбородок. — Моя первоначальная гипотеза не подтверждается фактами. Когда ставни закрыты, в эти окна не влезть… Ладно, посмотрим, не удастся ли нам выяснить что-нибудь, осмотрев комнаты изнутри.
        Приключения Шерлока Холмса. Пёстрая лента. Артур Конан-Дойл, стр. 15

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