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speculate -- as in: don't know, but I'll speculate
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The Count of Monte Cristo
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  • It is time now to proceed to the last part of the speculation.
  • Why, upon my soul, my dear fellow, it strikes me that our elegant and attentive neighbor must either be some successful stock-jobber who has speculated in the fall of the Spanish funds, or some prince travelling incog.
  • More likely he has been speculating on the Bourse, and has lost money.
  • "So," said Andrea, "you are speculating upon me?"
  • On this conviction I allow her to speculate, she having her bank and her stockbroker; she speculated and lost.
  • For the demon of speculation drew a line, or in other words projected a street, at the farther side of the kitchen-garden.
  • On this conviction I allow her to speculate, she having her bank and her stockbroker; she speculated and lost.
  • Then you do not speculate?
  • It is true she speculates with her own money, not mine; nevertheless, you can understand that when 700,000. francs leave the wife’s pocket, the husband always finds it out.
  • —do I speculate?
  • In matters of speculation, however, though "man proposes,"
  • —How could I speculate when I already have so much trouble in regulating my income?
  • "Ma foi," said Danglars, "it would not be a bad speculation, I fancy, and you know I am a speculator."
  • "He is speculating in railways," said Lord Wilmore, "and as he is an expert chemist and physicist, he has invented a new system of telegraphy, which he is seeking to bring to perfection."
  • The whole of the property, consisting of an immense workshop, two pavilions at the bottom of the garden, and the garden itself, had been purchased by Emmanuel, who had seen at a glance that he could make of it a profitable speculation.
  • That M. Danglars speculates, whereas he never does.
  • She will remain at home, read novels, and speculate at cards, since she can no longer do so on the Bourse.
  • During the war with Spain he was employed in the commissariat of the French army, and made a fortune; then with that money he speculated in the funds, and trebled or quadrupled his capital; and, having first married his banker’s daughter, who left him a widower, he has married a second time, a widow, a Madame de Nargonne, daughter of M. de Servieux, the king’s chamberlain, who is in high favor at court.
  • "Without reckoning," added Monte Cristo, "that he is on the eve of entering into a sort of speculation already in vogue in the United States and in England, but quite novel in France."
  • Fortune is precarious; and if I were a woman and fate had made me a banker’s wife, whatever might be my confidence in my husband’s good fortune, still in speculation you know there is great risk.
  • Debray had told you"— "Ah, yes; he told me it was you who sacrificed to the demon of speculation."

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  • philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years
  • We were speculating as to whether a president would have to resign after that kind of scandal.

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