reflect (think) deeply on a subject -- perhaps aloud
Newland Archer, as he mused on these things, had once more turned his eyes toward the Mingott box.
"Never, if we won’t let them, I suppose," he mused, and recalled his mad outburst to Mr. Sillerton Jackson: "Women ought to be as free as we are—"
He slouched off across Broadway, and Archer stood looking after him and musing on his last words.
"I don’t care which of their visions comes true," Archer mused, "as long as the tunnel isn’t built yet."
The vision had roused a host of other associations, and he sat looking with new eyes at the library which, for over thirty years, had been the scene of his solitary musings and of all the family confabulations.
"That’s it: they feel equal to things—they know their way about," he mused, thinking of his son as the spokesman of the new generation which had swept away all the old landmarks, and with them the sign-posts and the danger-signal.
Shouldn’t I know if she came up behind me, I wonder?" he mused; and suddenly he said to himself: "If she doesn’t turn before that sail crosses the Lime Rock light I’ll go back."
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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.