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to think again and again about something; or to think about something in a sustained (continuing) manner
  • Such ruminations naturally produced a streak of misanthropic bitterness.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (99% in)

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  • Here Mr. Featherstone pulled at both sides of his wig as if he wanted to deafen himself, and his sister went away ruminating on this oracular speech of his.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (89% in)
  • "You have come all the way from Paris to find me?" she said to him the next day, sitting before him with folded arms, and looking at him with eyes that seemed to wonder as an untamed ruminating animal wonders.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (30% in)
  • It had not occurred to Lydgate that he had been a subject of eager meditation to Rosamond, who had neither any reason for throwing her marriage into distant perspective, nor any pathological studies to divert her mind from that ruminating habit, that inward repetition of looks, words, and phrases, which makes a large part in the lives of most girls.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (42% in)
  • Do you imagine that her rapid forecast and rumination concerning house-furniture and society were ever discernible in her conversation, even with her mamma?
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (44% in)
  • Old Featherstone had often reflected as he sat looking at the fire that Standish would be surprised some day: it is true that if he had done as he liked at the last, and burnt the will drawn up by another lawyer, he would not have secured that minor end; still he had had his pleasure in ruminating on it.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (11% in)
  • She did not answer at once, but after looking down ruminatingly she said, with some earnestness, "Mr.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (41% in)
  • "I am sure Mrs. Garth would agree with you there," said Mr. Farebrother, who for some reason seemed more inclined to ruminate than to speak.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (80% in)
  • The arrangements made by Mr. Casaubon on his marriage left strong measures open to him, but in ruminating on them his mind inevitably dwelt so much on the probabilities of his own life that the longing to get the nearest possible calculation had at last overcome his proud reticence, and had determined him to ask Lydgate's opinion as to the nature of his illness.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (94% in)
  • At home, that same evening when he had been chatting with Mr. Farebrother, he had his long legs stretched on the sofa, his head thrown back, and his hands clasped behind it according to his favorite ruminating attitude, while Rosamond sat at the piano, and played one tune after another, of which her husband only knew (like the emotional elephant he was!
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (26% in)
  • Much of Fred's rumination might be summed up in the words, "It certainly would have been a fine thing for her to marry Farebrother—but if she loves me best and I am a good husband?"
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (41% in)
  • Since then the troubles of her married life had deepened, and the absence of other relief encouraged her regretful rumination over that thin romance which she had once fed on.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (22% in)

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