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How could I speculate when I already have so much trouble in regulating my income?
Every vehicle that passes he expects is going to run into him; and he never finds himself ascending or descending a hill without immediately beginning to speculate upon his chances, supposing--as seems extremely probable--that the weak-kneed controller of his destiny should let go.
Of course the dilemma was purely hypothetical; since he wasn't a blackguard Polish nobleman, it was absurd to speculate what his wife's rights would be if he WERE.
He had as much right as anybody else to speculate upon the admiration and curiosity of his contemporaries.
When, with closed eyes, she commenced to speculate upon the future, and terrifying fears were conjured by a vivid imagination, she had but to raise her lids and look upon that noble face so close to hers to dissipate the last remnant of apprehension.
Katharine stirred her tea, and seemed to speculate, so Denham thought, upon the duty of filling somebody else's cup, but she was really wondering how she was going to keep this strange young man in harmony with the rest.
From its construction Carthoris could but dimly speculate upon its unthinkable antiquity.
Then we began to speculate as to whether it had been an ape-man or a Prussian that had abducted Lys.
I intended you to speculate, and you did speculate.
In a pampero off the River Plate we speculate, if we are disabled, of running in to Buenos Ayres, the "Paris of America," and I have visions of bright congregating places of men, of the jollity of raised glasses, and of song and cheer and the hum of genial voices.
Speculate comes from the Latin speculari, to spy out.
It would be idle to speculate as to the date of this work.