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.
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.
There are no more uses of "muse" identified with this meaning in the book.
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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.