Surprise


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Surprise

Henry, O
. his plots characterized by unexpected dénouements. [Am. Lit.: Benét, 457]
Operation Z
Japanese plan for Pearl Harbor attack. [Jap. Hist.: Toland, 177–178, 183–187]
Pearl Harbor
site of surprise attack on American fleet by the Japanese (December 7, 1941). [Am. Hist.: Fuller, III, 455–456]
thief in the night
analogy to the Lord’s unexpected coming. [N.T.: I Thessalonians 5:2]
truffle
indicates the unexpected. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 178]
References in classic literature ?
"His surprise will be short-lived," replied the ape-man grimly, and there was that in his tone that made her look up into his face in alarm.
"Why, about where we're going to live, of course," rejoined Pollyanna, in obvious surprise. "I THOUGHT you meant here, at first.
Marianne looked again; her heart sunk within her; and abruptly turning round, she was hurrying back, when the voices of both her sisters were raised to detain her; a third, almost as well known as Willoughby's, joined them in begging her to stop, and she turned round with surprise to see and welcome Edward Ferrars.
The only person who deplored his fate was poor Nina Alexandrovna, who wept bitter tears over him, to the great surprise of her household, and, though always in feeble health, made a point of going to see him as often as possible.
But to his surprise Willarski soon noticed that Pierre had lagged much behind the times, and had sunk, as he expressed it to himself, into apathy and egotism.
It is written that the noble savage must never express surprise in the presence of the white.
Think how great was his surprise when he saw that the donkey was weeping--weeping just like a boy!
At every step he found his former dreams disappointed, and new, unexpected surprises of happiness.
It was remarkable, too, that whenever they happened to stand where there was any press of people, and Hugh chanced to be looking downward, he was sure to see an arm stretched out--under his own perhaps, or perhaps across him--which thrust some paper into the hand or pocket of a bystander, and was so suddenly withdrawn that it was impossible to tell from whom it came; nor could he see in any face, on glancing quickly round, the least confusion or surprise. They often trod upon a paper like the one he carried in his breast, but his companion whispered him not to touch it or to take it up,--not even to look towards it,--so there they let them lie, and passed on.
"Madame!" said George, with a strong accent of surprise.
He recalled Old Beatson in the past - that merry and affectionate lad - and their joint adventures and mishaps, the window they had broken with a catapult in India Place, the escalade of the castle rock, and many another inestimable bond of friendship; and his hurt surprise grew deeper.
Perhaps, deep down, the reason is that there still vibrates in the masculine blood the thrilling surprise of the moment when man first realised that the angel woman was built upon the same carnivorous principles as his grosser self.