Most bafflingly, the story is technically not fairytale at all, but a historical drama.
They were such eyes as could be dogged and stern as flint or deep and bafflingly gentle like mossy waters.
Seen near at hand, it was observed to be bafflingly simple in appearance.
One or two hurled their tomahawks, but Kiopo's movements were so bafflingly swift that it was like trying to wound the wind.
Her eyes, over which heavy lashes drooped diffidently, were bafflingly deep, as with rich colour drowned in duskiness.
One of these caught his eye; it took on a bafflingly familiar appearance.
Over her face crept one of those mysterious transformations that made her so bafflingly fascinating to him.
1540s, "to disgrace," perhaps a Scottish respelling of bauchle "to disgrace publicly" (especially a perjured knight), which is probably related to French bafouer "to abuse, hoodwink" (16c.), possibly from baf, a natural sound of disgust, like bah (cf. German baff machen "to flabbergast"). Meaning "to bewilder, confuse" is from 1640s; that of "to defeat someone's efforts" is from 1670s. Related: Baffled; baffling.
"shielding device," 1881, from baffle (v.).