Circumstances, and a certain bias of mind, have led me to take interest in such riddles, and it may well be doubted whether human ingenuity can construct an enigma
of the kind which human ingenuity may not, by proper application, resolve.
Ginevra's behavior was an enigma
to all her companions; her friends and enemies were equally surprised; for the former claimed for her all good qualities, except that of forgiveness of injuries.
Africa is, at length, about to surrender the secret of her vast solitudes; a modern OEdipus is to give us the key to that enigma
which the learned men of sixty centuries have not been able to decipher.
Beloved by one, a sort of instinctive and savage half-man, for its beauty, for its stature, for the harmonies which emanated from its magnificent ensemble; beloved by the other, a learned and passionate imagination, for its myth, for the sense which it contains, for the symbolism scattered beneath the sculptures of its front,--like the first text underneath the second in a palimpsest,--in a word, for the enigma
which it is eternally propounding to the understanding.
If most men were like a fellow I saw on the Yarmouth boat one day, I could account for the seeming enigma
Elation must have been in his heart, but his face did not reflect it: ever a dark and solitary enigma
, he stood aloof from his followers in spirit as in substance.
Heaven knows, unless it is that the persistent clicking of that unfathomable enigma
out there in the vast silences of the Sahara has so wrought upon my nerves that reason refuses longer to function sanely.
When he was not looking at her, and it was seldom that he did, the girl found her eyes wandering toward him, and at such times there was always a puzzled expression upon her face as though she found in him an enigma
which she could not solve.
The baffling enigma
of the Chinese character to the West was no baffling enigma
to the Japanese.
Plainly, madam, you come to me as an enigma
, and you leave me to make the right guess by the unaided efforts of my art.
After binding his wife, daughter, and son-in-law to the deepest secrecy,--for, however petty the gossip, their places, as he thought, depended on their discretion,--he related the incomprehensible enigma
of the resignation of a deputy, the very legitimate desire of the general-secretary to get elected to the place, and the secret opposition of the minister to this wish of a man who was one of his firmest supporters and most zealous workers.
The longer I talked with her the more hopeful I became of finding here, among her people, some records, or traditions, which might assist in clearing up the historic enigma
of the past two centuries.