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  • She reflected, and smiled again, vaguely.
  • "Won’t you be ashamed, afterwards, to reflect that your wife very nearly ran away with Rogojin?"

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  • Then he reflected, blinked his eyes, stared at his guest once more from head to foot; then abruptly motioned him to a chair, sat down himself, and waited with some impatience for the prince to speak.
  • This last fact could, of course, reflect nothing but credit upon the general; and yet, though unquestionably a sagacious man, he had his own little weaknesses-very excusable ones,—one of which was a dislike to any allusion to the above circumstance.
  • The prince reflected, and then mounted the stairs once more.
  • He wished to reflect, and to make up his mind as to a certain "step."
  • They always try to bury me underground when there’s anything going on; they don’t seem to reflect that it is unpleasant to a man to be treated so!
  • Mrs. Epanchin reflected a moment.
  • He pulled the note out and kissed it; then paused and reflected.
  • These easily-ignited natures, if they are wise, are always full of remorse afterwards, when they reflect that they have been ten times as angry as they need have been.

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  • The prince seemed surprised that he should have been addressed at all; he reflected a moment, but did not seem to take in what had been said to him; at all events, he did not answer.
  • He took her hand and seated her on the bench; then sat down beside her and reflected.
  • The prince was startled, and reflected for a moment.
  • Napoleon started, reflected, and said, ’You remind me of a third heart which loves me.
  • "Gania, Gania, reflect!" cried his mother, hurriedly.
  • She threw the letter in my face; she seemed to reflect first, as if she would have liked to keep it, but thought better of it and threw it in my face instead.
  • The prince reflected.
  • When his attack was over, and the prince reflected on his symptoms, he used to say to himself: "These moments, short as they are, when I feel such extreme consciousness of myself, and consequently more of life than at other times, are due only to the disease—to the sudden rupture of normal conditions.
  • Rogojin stopped and looked at him; then reflected, and replied as though he had not heard the question: "Look here, Lef Nicolaievitch, you go straight on to the house; I shall walk on the other side.
  • The prince reflected a little, but very soon he replied, with absolute conviction in his tone, though he still spoke somewhat shyly and timidly: "I only wished to say that this ’distortion,’ as Evgenie Pavlovitch expressed it, is met with very often, and is far more the general rule than the exception, unfortunately for Russia.

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as in: reflect in the mirror Define
show an image back (on a mirror or other shiny surface)
as in: reflect American Values Define
represent, demonstrate, or express
as in: I want to reflect on it. Define
think carefully -- possibly aloud or in writing
as in: reflect poorly on the school Define
influence opinion
as in: reflect the light/heat/sound Define
bounce back (rather than absorbing)
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