But my mind was already in revolution; my guesses
and impressions were slipping and sliding to a new adjustment.
I believe her thoughts are better than our guesses
, let 'em be what they may.
I knew that you could not say to yourself'stereotomy' without being brought to think of atomies, and thus of the theories of Epicurus; and since, when we discussed this subject not very long ago, I mentioned to you how singularly, yet with how little notice, the vague guesses
of that noble Greek had met with confirmation in the late nebular cosmogony, I felt that you could not avoid casting your eyes upward to the great nebula in Orion, and I certainly expected that you would do so.
Resuming existence at the expiration of this time, he would invariably find his great work converted into a species of hap-hazard note-book -- that is to say, into a kind of literary arena for the conflicting guesses
, riddles, and personal squabbles of whole herds of exasperated commentators.
You shall have three guesses
as to what was the cry.
Ten to one but he guesses
the reason, and that is exactly what I want to avoid, so I shall insist on his keeping his conjecture to himself.
I'll give you twenty guesses
, and the twentieth will be no nearer than the first"
With the help of the great dictionary and the active intelligence of a healthy mind endowed by inheritance with more than ordinary reasoning powers he shrewdly guessed at much which he could not really understand, and more often than not his guesses
were close to the mark of truth.