to think about or discuss -- especially with great care
"But, I say, Bob," said Tom, in a tone of deliberation, "ferrets are nasty biting things,—they’ll bite a fellow without being set on."
"Oh, pretty well, Mrs. Moss, pretty well," answered the brother, with cool deliberation, as if it were rather too forward of her to ask that question.
"In the same way?" said Mr. Deane, eyeing Tom with quiet deliberation.
He laid his plan and calculated all his moves with the fervid deliberation of a chess-player in the days of his first ardor, and was amazed himself at his sudden genius as a tactician.
Mr. Tulliver, when under the influence of a strong feeling, had a promptitude in action that may seem inconsistent with that painful sense of the complicated, puzzling nature of human affairs under which his more dispassionate deliberations were conducted; but it is really not improbable that there was a direct relation between these apparently contradictory phenomena, since I have observed that for getting a strong impression that a skein is tangled there is nothing like snatching…
Mr. Riley took a pinch of snuff, and kept Mr. Tulliver in suspense by a silence that seemed deliberative, before he said,— "I know of a very fine chance for any one that’s got the necessary money and that’s what you have, Tulliver.
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We deliberated into the evening.
We need to deliberate on this further before making a decision.
Aunt Pullet half-opened the shutter and then unlocked the wardrobe, with a melancholy deliberateness which was quite in keeping with the funereal solemnity of the scene.
Plotting covetousness and deliberate contrivance, in order to compass a selfish end, are nowhere abundant but in the world of the dramatist: they demand too intense a mental action for many of our fellow-parishioners to be guilty of them.
"You’ll just step up to Torry’s now, Mr. Spence, will you?" said Mr. Deane, and the clock suddenly became less loud and deliberate in Tom’s ears.
The swiftest pace and the shortest road took him to the gate, and he was pausing to open it deliberately, that he might walk into the house with an appearance of perfect composure, when Maggie came out at the front door in bonnet and shawl.
I have caused sorrow already—I know—I feel it; but I have never deliberately consented to it; I have never said, ’They shall suffer, that I may have joy.’
How had she sunk into this struggle with a temptation that she would once have thought herself as secure from as from deliberate crime?
Tom waited less nervously than he had done on a former occasion in this apartment, while his uncle took out his snuff-box and gratified each nostril with deliberate impartiality.
There was at least this fruit from all her years of striving after the highest and best,—that her soul though betrayed, beguiled, ensnared, could never deliberately consent to a choice of the lower.
Kept aloof from all practical life as Philip had been, and by nature half feminine in sensitiveness, he had some of the woman’s intolerant repulsion toward worldliness and the deliberate pursuit of sensual enjoyment; and this one strong natural tie in his life,—his relation as a son,—was like an aching limb to him.
It is clear to you, I hope, that Stephen was not a hypocrite,—capable of deliberate doubleness for a selfish end; and yet his fluctuations between the indulgence of a feeling and the systematic concealment of it might have made a good case in support of Philip’s accusation.
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"Yes, sister," she said deliberately, "this is a changing world, and we don’t know to-day what may happen tomorrow.
"I will not begin any future, even for you," said Maggie, tremulously, "with a deliberate consent to what ought not to have been.
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