An analogy between the exhibition and the tedium of quotidian domestic life is (literally) drawn on many of the black columns, which feature at their bases miniature sketches in white felt-tip of a beaked, anthropomorphic figure--the artist, we are told in a wall text, in the guise of a raven--ritualistically killing time with empty activity: ruminatively
chewing cereal, smoking a cigarette, and staring at a mirror and a clock.
However, both tortured characters too often stare ruminatively
off into the middle distance, making it difficult for auds to sympathize with their plight.
In fact what we read in the modality of that ruminatively
extended phrase, "the strange mixture which might have been called the soul of the returned Peyrol," is a dry refusal of transcendental vision accommodating an acknowledgment of human regions too obscure easily to illuminate in words, a configuration that Conrad builds into the narrative structure, plot, and even the setting of the novel.
And he adds, ruminatively
, "It'd also be nice to pay the actors.
He glosses the exempla for his wife, allowing no variant readings of for example, the tale of Griselda, in effect teaching her to read morally and ruminatively
, that falcon returning to the tether.
The passage must be read ruminatively
as he intended.