He was puzzled because he did not know what to do. Neither did he want to leave Maggie alone, nor did he wish to send her to the poor house. When he went into the hovel, he supported Maggie and told her she would not be left there alone. He wrapped her with his hands and bore her out into the air across the field.
The man stood with a “puzzled air” because he was confused and unable to decide whether to leave Maggie alone in the hovel or take he with him. ... When he went into the hovel he assured Maggie that he is not going to leave her alone.
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