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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]