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muse
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He mused aloud about the afternoon’s developments.
  reflect (think) deeply on a subject — perhaps aloud
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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.
  • I muse we met not with the Dauphin’s grace,
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry VI, Part 1
  • ...from behind his slack-faced astonishment he muses as though from beyond time, upon the ultimate outrage.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying

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  • "What will Annabeth’s makeover be?" Circe mused.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • She shakes her head, musing to herself.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • Everyone has a secret life, she mused.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • musing upon the king my brother’s wreck
    T.S. Eliot  --  The Waste Land
  • "Hmmm…" he mused.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • Well, college is supposed to be broadening, he muses, and there’s no doubt he’ll get broadened this year with a roommate like Cedric.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen

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  • He seemed to muse awhile, holding his lip in his hand, and looking now at me and now upon the causeway of the street.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • Nice life if you can get it, she mused,
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • The way the mind of a cop worked was a marvel, he mused.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • Still Theresa mused all night, and the next day too.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • We mused over the thought for a while and soon the quiet stretched into long minutes
    Maureen Daly  --  Seventeenth Summer
  • He was obviously morning irritable, and none of that, she mused, made him any less attractive.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • "It’s just so difficult to understand, even now," Aro mused,
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • Not Shade’s usual style, she mused...
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • "Ain’t many guys travel around together," he mused.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • "Maybe Monique has already left us," Gerald mused.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
  • "Perhaps it is for the best," Chiron mused.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • "Perhaps," Mr. Crepsley mused, tugging at his chin and stroking his scar.
    Darren Shan  --  A Living Nightmare
  • "He’s better than I’d thought," Roarke mused.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • "Tell me this," Mr. Crepsley mused. "What happens when..."
    Darren Shan  --  A Vampire’s Assistant
  • An hour passed, maybe two with Max sitting quietly and musing on his life.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Before Max could muse on this, the door opened and the figure slipped inside the cell.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • "A painless death," Daedalus mused.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • "Stanley had the highest historical motives for his excavations," mused Dr. Finch, "but their minds worked exactly alike.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Cook’s eyes are quiet, as if she’s lost in an inner musing.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Of course, I didn’t share any of these musings with Amy, so I’m sure I came off as the goldbricker I so often am.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • She was musing over these questions in a warm and peaceful haze, on the verge of dozing, when Luke’s voice broke the silence.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • I thought back to the interviewer, musing over how funny it was that I’d been taught plenty of disarming techniques for interviews or negotiations, but when it came to boys, I was left to figure it out alone.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • "Yes," Raphael mused.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • "Good times," Mark mused as he got more comfortable.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • "Vosch could have been lying, I guess," Ben mused.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Matzoh was the only edible thing they gave us," she mused, rolling her cigarette thoughtfully between her fingers.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • I went through a range of ridiculous musings that yielded nothing from Charlie.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • His own life had been the best story ever, he mused, the kind of story that should have ended on a happy note.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • In the middle of my musing she turned to look in my direction and caught me staring at her.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Aside from the lyrical; impassioned musings, there are unlikely pauses in the piece, near-silences that make it seem as if the performer has suddenly decided to cease, cannot go on, even has disappeared.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • "I wonder if we’ll get to visit the White House while we’re there," Amanda mused.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Out of My Mind
  • Percy mused.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • "At least it doesn’t say die," Kate mused.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Then Judith emerged from her own musings long enough to explain.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much for coming out on this cold November night, this night that will live in history, this night that for the first time on any stage anywhere, you have listened to the smooth saxophonical musings of that prodigy of the reed, Mr. Sleepy LaBone!
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  Bud, Not Buddy
  • "I don’t need to worry," the woman mused.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Musing, lost in the scene, I did not notice that the dogs were slowing and had stopped until my stomach rammed into the handlebar of the sled.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Woodsong
  • As I mused upon the plastic flowers, an attractive black man darted from the viewing line, grabbed a handful of plastic flowers from Blossom’s stockpile, and walked swiftly to a grave fifty yards away.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • As I led Mr. Smit into the back hall, we heard him musing to himself, "I once knew a Smit on Koning Straat…."
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • "Ah, how I wanted to write," he mused.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
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