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muse
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The House of Mirth
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as in: her musings Define
reflect (think) deeply on a subject -- perhaps aloud
  • The words roused Selden from the musing fit into which he had fallen.
  • The sound of wheels roused her from these musings, and leaning behind her shutters she saw the omnibus take up its freight.

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  • She was roused from her musings by the approach of her cousin Jack Stepney who, at Gwen Van Osburgh’s side, was returning across the garden from the tennis court.
  • Lily mused.
  • The terrace at Bellomont on a September afternoon was a spot propitious to sentimental musings, and as Miss Bart stood leaning against the balustrade above the sunken garden, at a little distance from the animated group about the tea-table, she might have been lost in the mazes of an inarticulate happiness.
  • Left to herself, Gerty mused distressfully upon her friend’s plight, and her own inability to relieve it.
  • That evening in her own room Miss Bart—who had fled early from the heavy fumes of the basement dinner-table—sat musing upon the impulse which had led her to unbosom herself to Rosedale.
  • Mrs. Fisher mused.
  • Gryce and Miss Van Osburgh were, in short, made for each other by every law of moral and physical correspondence——"Yet they wouldn’t look at each other," Lily mused, "they never do.
  • If I inherit, I shall have to be careful of my figure," she mused, while the lawyer droned on through a labyrinth of legacies.

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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.

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  • But meanwhile she had the morning to herself, and could muse pleasantly on the disposal of its hours.
  • Miss Bart, on her way to the station, had leisure to muse over her friend’s words, and their peculiar application to herself.

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  • And so he had leisure to muse on all its exquisite details, as a hard worker, on a holiday morning, might lie still and watch the beam of light travel gradually across his room.

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as in: her musings Define
reflect (think) deeply on a subject -- perhaps aloud
as in: She was his muse Define
the source of an artist's inspiration - especially a person or mythological goddess
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