• The hussar points his pistol at the mysterious women
    The hussar points his pistol at the mysterious women
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Mysterial Mysterious.
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One of the intriguing mysteries of Jamestown is how the left leg and left half of a human pelvis came to be thrown with other refuse into a well behind the row house. The logical inference is that a rebel or criminal had been hanged, drawn, and quartered One of the intriguing mysteries of Jamestown is how the left leg and left half of a human pelvis came to be thrown...
Mysterious Mysterious
Webster discovers a mysterious package. P. 475 Webster discovers a mysterious package. P. 475

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Edgar Allan Poe introduced mystery fiction's first fictional detective, Auguste C. Dupin, in his 1841 story, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue."
    • mysterial Containing a mystery or an enigma.
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  • Jules Renard
    “We spend our lives talking about this mystery. Our life.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “Now comes the mystery.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalized.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    “The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Mysteries are due to secrecy.”
  • Jean Cocteau
    “Mystery has its own mysteries, and there are gods above gods. We have ours, they have theirs. That is what's known as infinity.”


In literature:

As the first pink light crept up the sky, Grom set forth on his mysterious venture.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
That's why this man deserves such extraordinary credit for being interesting and mysterious.
"The Lightning Conductor Discovers America" by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
A mystery, a ghost, a secret chamber and all those beautiful things.
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
The Bible is a great and mysterious book, written by God himself.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
The Mystery of Suffering XXXIV.
"The Thread of Gold" by Arthur Christopher Benson
What was a mystery of London was to me no longer a mystery!
"The Sign of Silence" by William Le Queux
There were other things besides which were a mystery to her.
"Sir Tom" by Mrs. Oliphant
By some kind of mysterious intuition I became aware that we were in peril.
"The Count's Chauffeur" by William Le Queux
With respect to Mystery, everything we behold is, in one sense, a mystery to us.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
The Commandant, obeying some mysterious inspiration, has left his khaki suit behind.
"A Journal of Impressions in Belgium" by May Sinclair

In poetry:

For standing where we heard it,
I hear again the strain;
It wakes my heart, but thrills it
With sad, mysterious pain.
"An Old Memory" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Yet so it is, for ev'ry throb
That man's pulsating bosom gives,
And ev'ry smile, and ev'ry sob
Speaks of a mystery that lives.
"Things Mysterious" by Thomas Frederick Young
He only knows—for He can read
The mystery of the wicked heart -
Why vainly oft our arrows speed
When aimed with most unerring art;
"St. Luke" by John Keble
We met—we loved—one year ago,
Beneath the stars of summer skies;
Alas! I knew not then, as now,
The darkness of life's mysteries.
"One Year Ago" by Adah Isaacs Menken
"Whom eternal mystery shroudeth,
Unapproached, untracked, unknown;
Whom the Lord of heaven encloudeth
With the curtains of His throne;
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
The world was like a shell to me,—
Its voice with distant song was low;
But now its mysteries I know:
I hear the turmoil of the sea.
"The Shell and The World" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop

In news:

Daybreak Daily's afternoon sparring session in the pop-culture ring finds a fake fight, a renowned recording artist, other things, and the mystery music video.
The messages, from mysterious email addresses, attack the president on Medicare, abortion, and more.
Blue crab parasite mystery solved.
That's one mystery I'd like to unravel.
A mystery over Seattle's celebrity gorilla, Bobo , is finally put to rest.
Although it's been almost 18 months since Bobo mysteriously disappeared, Duncan and her family have not given up hope in finding her.
If icy ghosts, serial killings, a fiery train wreck and club-wielding children suit you, you are in for one thrilling night at the Second Stage Theater's stylish, spine-tingling production of "The Mystery Plays" by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
The Cozy, Soft- Boiled Mystery.
This week's look at what's new, bountiful or mysterious in the produce aisles.
Minneapolis bookstore publishes mystery anthology.
Book -vending machine deals in mystery.
If you love mysteries, like the board game Clue, and just can't get enough of them, TriBeCa has the bookstore for you.
Chechen warlord's death cloaked in mystery.
The Mystery of the Little Norwegian Chessmen.
After Bo's ouster, a mysterious death adds to China's churning rumor mill.

In science:

Smoothness Donaldson, cf. [DK], has shown that not all 4-manifolds have smooth structures, and when they do the set of such structures is quite mysterious.
Dual 2-complexes in 4-manifolds
Although a solution was found to two loops [12, 16], the many loop structure remains mysterious.
Functional renormalization group at large N for random manifolds
There is also a mysterious relation with E8 Dynkin diagram, which was observed by McKay.
VOAs generated by two conformal vectors whose $\tau$-involutions generate $S_3$
The statement of Theorem 1 seems considerably less mysterious (to me at least!) in the setting of queues and non-colliding processes.
Random matrices, non-colliding processes and queues
The nature of these dual dimensions remained slightly mysterious, however.
Conformal Fractal Geometry and Boundary Quantum Gravity