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Newman readily availed himself of the permission, and, shutting himself up in his little office, remained there, in very serious cogitation, all day.
After looking about for Lady Bareacres, who cut him, thinking the card was quite enough--and after placing Amelia on a bench, he left her to her own cogitations there, thinking, on his own part, that he had behaved very handsomely in getting her new clothes, and bringing her to the ball, where she was free to amuse herself as she liked.
These thoughts took me up many hours, days, nay, I may say weeks and months: and one particular effect of my cogitations on this occasion I cannot omit.
In the middle of these cogitations, apprehensions, and reflections, it came into my thoughts one day that all this might be a mere chimera of my own, and that this foot might be the print of my own foot, when I came on shore from my boat: this cheered me up a little, too, and I began to persuade myself it was all a delusion; that it was nothing else but my own foot; and why might I not come that way from the boat, as well as I was going that way to the boat?
These were the subject of the first night's cogitations after I was come home again, while the apprehensions which had so overrun my mind were fresh upon me, and my head was full of vapours.
In his sinister relish of the scheme, as he stood above her, making it the subject of his cogitations, he seemed to have twice as much nose on his face as he had ever had in his life.
Happening, in the midst of these cogitations, to raise his hand, he was astonished to find how heavy it seemed, and yet how thin and light it really was.
Unless they're animated by the performers' spirit, illuminated by some kind of inner fire, these lengthy conversations and cogitations on Roman Catholic theology can seem numbingly dry--especially when they're delivered in a language most of their audience can't easily understand.
13) "What I chiefly portray is my cogitations, a shapeless subject that does not lend itself to expression in actions.
In the first epistle, Speght again describes Swetnam's text as an "illeterate Pamphlet," and in the epistle addressed to Swetnam Speght reiterates the charge, writing to The Araignment's author that in the "excrement of your roaving cogitations you have used such irregularities touching concordance, and observed so disordered a methode, as I doubt not to tell you, that a very Accidence Schollar would have quite put you down in both" (7).
If man's grasp of literature, in it not being her handiwork, reveals to us the passivity that our actions and cogitations are, then, wherein lies the possibility of man, by herself alone and for all times, actively constituting and controlling the essence of literature; wherein lies the sense of a critique that attributes to man the power to fashion her own and a people's way of thinking--and by an extension of that logic, the power to amend and abolish thinking by means of a new, "enlightened" way of thinking?
Alas, there is no evidence directly on point, but her cogitations are valuable.