"I shall never practice medicine again," he reflected.
"Meaning," Martin reflected, "that she can’t even pass the Mugford entrance exams!"
He saw himself, under the sheets, reflected in the polished wooden ceiling of his berth like a corpse in a coffin.
"Oh, you got to expect that," he reflected, feeling that he was being tactful and patient and penetrating.
Leora surprisingly reflected, after the Pickerbaughs had gone, "Sandy dear, I know how you feel about losing your Orchid.
Over a rum swizzle at the Ice House, Sondelius reflected, "I wonder how many men I murder, Martin?
He held out a newspaper clipping in which, above a pen-and-ink caricature portraying him with large mustached head on a tiny body, was the headline: DOC PICKERBAUGH BANNER BOOSTER OF EVANGELINE COUNTY LEADS BIG GO-TO-CHURCH DEMONSTRATION HERE Pickerbaugh looked it over, reflecting, "That was a dandy meeting!
Nobody would ever stand by him as she had, and he loved her— He dried himself violently; he dashed in with repentances; they told each other that they were the most reasonable persons living; they kissed with eloquence; and then Leora reflected: "Just the same, my lad, I’m not going to help you fool yourself.
He reflected (it was an international debate in which he was joined by a few and damned by many) that half a dozen generations nearly free from epidemics would produce a race so low in natural immunity that when a great plague, suddenly springing from almost-zero to a world-smothering cloud, appeared again, it might wipe out the world entire, so that the measures to save lives to which he lent his genius might in the end be the destruction of all human life.