reflect (think) deeply on a subject -- perhaps aloud
’Quite a young woman,’ said Mr. Gradgrind, musing.
With these musings in his mind, and his bundle under his arm, Stephen took his attentive face along the high road.
I ask myself,’ said Mr. Gradgrind, musing, ’does the real culprit know of these accusations?
’It theemth to prethent two thingth to a perthon, don’t it, Thquire?’ said Mr. Sleary, musing as he looked down into the depths of his brandy and water: ’one, that there ith a love in the world, not all Thelf-interetht after all, but thomething very different; t’other, that it bath a way of ith own of calculating or not calculating, whith thomehow or another ith at leatht ath hard to give a name to, ath the wayth of the dogth ith!’
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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.