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muse
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Jane Eyre
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as in: her musings Define
reflect (think) deeply on a subject -- perhaps aloud
  • "I should indeed like to go to school," was the audible conclusion of my musings.
  • I hardly know whether I had slept or not after this musing; at any rate, I started wide awake on hearing a vague murmur, peculiar and lugubrious, which sounded, I thought, just above me.

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  • I was pondering these things, when an incident, and a somewhat unexpected one, broke the thread of my musings.
  • I mused on the funeral day, the coffin, the hearse, the black train of tenants and servants — few was the number of relatives — the gaping vault, the silent church, the solemn service.
  • Habitually obedient to John, I came up to his chair: he spent some three minutes in thrusting out his tongue at me as far as he could without damaging the roots: I knew he would soon strike, and while dreading the blow, I mused on the disgusting and ugly appearance of him who would presently deal it.
  • But when St. John had mused a few moments he recommenced as imperturbably and with as much acumen as ever.
  • Having brought my eventide musings to this point, I rose, went to my door, and looked at the sunset of the harvest-day, and at the quiet fields before my cottage, which, with the school, was distant half a mile from the village.
  • I think those day visions were not dark: there was a pleasurable illumination in your eye occasionally, a soft excitement in your aspect, which told of no bitter, bilious, hypochondriac brooding: your look revealed rather the sweet musings of youth when its spirit follows on willing wings the flight of Hope up and on to an ideal heaven.
  • "Well," said he, "what are you musing about?
  • "She is far better as she is," concluded Adele, after musing some time: "besides, she would get tired of living with only you in the moon.

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  • He mused — for ten minutes he held counsel with himself: he formed his resolve, and announced it — "Enough! all shall bolt out at once, like the bullet from the barrel.
  • "Ere many days," I said, as I terminated my musings, "I will know something of him whose voice seemed last night to summon me.

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  • He mused aloud about the afternoon’s developments.
  • Let me muse on it on a while and I’ll get back to you.

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as in: her musings Define
reflect (think) deeply on a subject -- perhaps aloud
as in: She was his muse Define
the source of an artist's inspiration - especially a person or mythological goddess
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