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While she had been speaking he had wandered on the track of the enigma, out of the world of senses into the region of feeling.
Then something--something strug- gling violently--was lifted high against the sky, a black, vague enigma against the starlight; and as this black object came down again, I saw by the green brightness that it was a man.
A problem, my dear count, for every one -- for my mother as well as others; much studied, but not solved, you still remain an enigma, do not fear.
This is an enigma," said Athos, "but it matters not; since you know the solution of it I ask no further.
But his thoughts seemed to stumble in the darkness of some not-solved enigma, and soon he fell silent.
Were all the jewels of Golconda awaiting me upon my solution of this enigma, I am quite sure that I should be unable to earn them.
The whole history of the aboriginal population of this country, however, is an enigma, and a grand one - will it ever be solved?
It was no business of mine, to be sure, but with none the less pertinacity did I occupy myself in attempts to resolve the enigma.
I WILL now play the Oedipus to the Rattleborough enigma.
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.