reflect (think) deeply on a subject -- perhaps aloud
CHAPTER XX PERPLEXITY—GRINDING THE SHEARS—A QUARREL "He is so disinterested and kind to offer me all that I can desire," Bathsheba mused.
Gabriel remained musing and said nothing, for he was in doubt.
Lingering and musing here, he heard the steps of a horse at the foot of the hill, and soon there appeared in view an auburn pony with a girl on its back, ascending by the path leading past the cattle-shed.
He worked in a reverie now, musing upon her story, and upon the contradictoriness of that feminine heart which had caused her to speak more warmly to him to-night than she ever had done whilst unmarried and free to speak as warmly as she chose.
"Dear me—Casterbridge Union—and is Fanny come to this?" said Bathsheba, musing.
The position of this having been marked, he hastened on to Casterbridge, only pausing and musing for a while at the hill whereon he had last seen Fanny alive.
But Bathsheba, though she could feel, was not much given to futile dreaming, and her musings under this head were short and entirely confined to the times when Troy’s neglect was more than ordinarily evident.
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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.