Such are his loose and rambling modes of thought that he has taken this very singular step with the consciousness of a purpose, indeed, but without being able to define it sufficiently for his own contemplation
Turning quickly, therefore, from this barren contemplation
to one better suited to her inclinations, Julia's thoughts resumed the agreeable reverie from which she had been awakened.
Entertain hopes; mirth rather than joy; variety of delights, rather than surfeit of them; wonder and admiration, and therefore novelties; studies that fill the mind with splendid and illustrious objects, as histories, fables, and contemplations
And is there anything surprising in one who passes from divine contemplations to the evil state of man, misbehaving himself in a ridiculous manner; if, while his eyes are blinking and before he has become accustomed to the surrounding darkness, he is compelled to fight in courts of law, or in other places, about the images or the shadows of images of justice, and is endeavouring to meet the conceptions of those who have never yet seen absolute justice?
This is the way in which the study of the one has a power of drawing and converting the mind to the contemplation of true being.
But while the captain was one day busied in deep contemplations
of this kind, one of the most unlucky as well as unseasonable accidents happened to him.
The only apparent fruits of the adventure in which they had been engaged, were occasional upliftings of the eyes, on the part of the Doctor, which were mistaken by the observers for some of his scientific contemplations
of the heavens, but which, in reality, were no other than furtive glances at the fluttering walls of the proscribed tent.
The round-game table, on the other hand, was so boisterously merry as materially to interrupt the contemplations