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She had little time to ruminate.
  to think again and again about something
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  • She had little time to ruminate.
  • cows ruminate
  • ...there is no other way but to meditate, and ruminate well upon the effects of anger, how it troubles man’s life.
    Bacon, Sir Francis  --  The Essays
  • Seeder quietly ruminates about how, back in District 11, everyone assumes President Snow is all-powerful.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire

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  • I was afraid I’d deliberate, ruminate, agonize, rationalize, and talk myself into not going.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • While I’ve been ruminating on the availability of trees, Peeta has been struggling with how to maintain his identity.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • I pr’ythee, speak to me as to thy thinkings
    As thou dost ruminate; and give thy worst of thoughts
    The worst of words.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • Stendabi ruminated. Night after night he...
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • He remained in this state of empty and peaceful rumination until he heard the clock tower strike three in the morning.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • my often rumination
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It

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  • That you may ruminate.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • They sat for a long time. The dark indian face ruminating. Reflective. As if the complexities of this piece of business dragged after it every sort of consequence.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • ’tis a studied, not a present thought, by duty ruminated.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • what I know Is ruminated, plotted, and set down
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • Writers (my kind of writers: aspiring novelists, ruminative thinkers, people whose brains don’t work quick enough to blog or link or tweet, basically old, stubborn blowhards) were through.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Judge Green ruminated for a few minutes, then looked down at Baker.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • After a scientific expedition to America, Aronnax ruminates over the true nature of the incidents.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Every once in a while guilt would cause Joe to make an attempt to organize a softball game or a kickball game, but after his efforts had melted into mere remembrances of things past, he returned to his seesaw and ruminated upon the folly of the recreation program.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Hiss ruminated, scratching his rather peninsular jaw; Sophie waited.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • His lovemaking these days is ruminative, as if he is thinking of something else.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • "While reading up on his life in preparation for this award, I came upon a passage that he wrote that seemed particularly consistent with the themes I touched on earlier, themes I’ve been ruminating upon all year long.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • As I watched him walk up the steps to the landing, I saw him retrieve the joint-end from his jacket pocket and run it under his nose again, ruminatively.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • "Job ought to be easy enough," he ruminated.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • He reached for the water pitcher, ruminating about the elf and Shade.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • "True," replied Danglars; "the French have the superiority over the Spaniards, that the Spaniards ruminate, while the French invent."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The scout ruminated, like a man digesting his newly-acquired knowledge, and once more stole a glance at the horses.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Mr. Hickock ruminated.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • These innumerable multitudes of ruminating beasts often form an insurmountable obstacle to the passage of the trains; thousands of them have been seen passing over the track for hours together, in compact ranks.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • At one end a ruminating tar was still further adorning it with his jack-knife, stooping over and diligently working away at the space between his legs.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Matthew ruminated.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Stepping outside, he pulled his vest tight around himself and paced away from the tavern, ruminating the whole way.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Having smoked his pipe out, and ruminated a little longer, he turned himself about, that he might appear, before the hour of closing, on his station at Tellson’s.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Utterson ruminated a while; he was surprised at his friend’s selfishness, and yet relieved by it.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • ’Well, he is just the size I want,’ said Mr. Sikes, ruminating.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He put away the soma bottle, and taking out a packet of sex-hormone chewing-gum, stuffed a plug into his cheek and walked slowly away towards the hangars, ruminating.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Again I sat ruminating what I should do.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • You wouldn’t believe it, Yossarian,’ he ruminated, raising his voice deliberately to bait Doc Daneeka, ’but this used to be a pretty good country to live in before they loused it up with their goddam piety.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • And for a little while she hoped he would not talk of it, and that a silent rumination might suffice to restore him to the relish of his own smooth gruel.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • When we had done, he brought me a pudding, and having set it before me, seemed to ruminate, and to become absent in his mind for some moments.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • No longer is Leopold, as he sits there, ruminating, chewing the cud of reminiscence, that staid agent of publicity and holder of a modest substance in the funds.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He grew restless as he ruminated, and then decided that perhaps it was nothing.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Subsequent to this epiphany, Stephen begins to ruminate on his namesake, the crafter of wings for escape from a different island, whom he comes to think of as "hawklike."
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • With that, Dunstan slammed the door behind him, and left Godfrey to that bitter rumination on his personal circumstances which was now unbroken from day to day save by the excitement of sporting, drinking, card-playing, or the rarer and less oblivious pleasure of seeing Miss Nancy Lammeter.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • It has , ’ She ruminated, feeding him the soup automatically, wiping his mouth when he dribbled almost without looking, the way an experienced typist rarely looks at the keys; so he came to understand, effortlessly, that she had been a nurse.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Having, then, thoroughly ruminated Quasimodo’s affair, he threw back his head and half closed his eyes, for the sake of more majesty and impartiality, so that, at that moment, he was both deaf and blind.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • As always their demeanor was formally respectful; they took the law seriously and felt its majesty emanating toward them from the bench where Lew Fielding sat with his eyes half-shut, inscrutable and meditative, and from the way in which the jurors sat ruminating in rows on their elevated podium.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • The child’s black eyes, after slow, round, ruminating gazes at the candles when they were lighted, fell together; then they opened, then shut again, and she slept.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • I now had time to ruminate on my situation.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
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