But now Thou hast seen these "free" men,’ the old man adds suddenly, with a pensive smile.
People who saw something pensive and sullen in his eyes were startled by his sudden laugh, which bore witness to mirthful and light-hearted thoughts at the very time when his eyes were so gloomy.
Look," said I, "at the horse, that great beast that is so near to man; or the lowly, pensive ox, which feeds him and works for him; look at their faces, what meekness, what devotion to man, who often beats them mercilessly.
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She paced back and forth in the hospital waiting room—looking pensive.