Baffled” in literature

“You’ve got to start with material things,” said Gerald. Which statement Birkin ignored. “And we’ve got to live for SOMETHING, we’re not just cattle that can graze and have done with it,” said Gerald. “Tell me,” said Birkin. “What do you live for?” Gerald’s face went baffled. “What do I live for?” he repeated.

David Herbert Lawrence – Women in Love

“No, sir, I have not. I confess I’m baffled. The secret has been well kept. The publishers have shut up like a clam. There’s only one thing that I’m pretty well sure of.” “What’s that?” demanded Ryder, interested. “That no such person as Shirley Green exists.” “Oh,” exclaimed the financier, “then you think it is a mere nom de plume?” “Yes, sir.”

Charles Klein – The Lion and The Mouse: A Story Of American Life

“Am I never to advise?” asked her husband, baffled, and even awed, by this extraordinary revelation of a woman he had supposed himself to know thoroughly. “Oh, that’s a very different thing from forbidding and commanding!” she laughed.

George Gissing – The Odd Women

Perché non lasci nei commenti
una tua frase che utilizza baffled?

Puoi trovare altre parole interessantiQUI

Your comments are always very welcome.


Author: Tony

Born and raised in Malaysia between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Educated at Wycliffe College in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, England. Living in the foothills of Mount Etna since 1982 and teaching English at Catania University since 1987.

9 thoughts on “Baffled”

    1. I’m not sure if we would use “baffled” for somerthing that is just really a question of free choice, Claudio.
      BTW – it should be IN August.


  1. A recent, groundbreaking sentence issued by a court in Alabama (US) left me quite baffled. A pregnant woman had been shot during a scuffle. She survived but the unborn child perished. The mother has been charged with manslaughter because she willingly had endangered the creature she was keeping inside her womb. In fact, she had sparked the fight.


    1. Top marks, Giuseppe! That is quite a thought-provoking sentence. Mind you, in Alabama they have some pretty strange jurisdiction by our standards! 👍


      1. Non sono sicuro di quello che vuoi dire. Intanto ricordati di non usare “all” come pronome ma solo come aggettivo (non è una regola ma è una buona guida). Forse vuoi dire, “While all the others were greeting each other, she remained baffled.” Something like that?


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