’Whether,’ said Gradgrind, pondering with his hands in his pockets, and his cavernous eyes on the fire, ’whether any instructor or servant can have suggested anything?
A rather stooping man, with a knitted brow, a pondering expression of face, and a hard-looking head sufficiently capacious, on which his iron-grey hair lay long and thin, Old Stephen might have passed for a particularly intelligent man in his condition.
’My dear, I have remained all night at my table, pondering again and again on what has so painfully passed between us.
And he sat for a little while pondering.
In another moment, he stood as he had stood all the time — his usual stoop upon him; his pondering face addressed to Mr. Bounderby, with a curious expression on it, half shrewd, half perplexed, as if his mind were set upon unravelling something very difficult; his hat held tight in his left hand, which rested on his hip; his right arm, with a rugged propriety and force of action, very earnestly emphasizing what he said: not least so when it always paused, a little bent, but notů