There is no steady unretracing progress in this life; we do not advance through fixed gradations, and at the last one pause:--through infancy's unconscious spell, boyhood's thoughtless faith, adolescence' doubt (the common doom), then scepticism, then disbelief, resting at last in manhood's pondering repose of If.
For a long while after he had gone, Pierre did not go to bed or order horses but paced up and down the room, pondering over his vicious past, and with a rapturous sense of beginning anew pictured to himself the blissful, irreproachable, virtuous future that seemed to him so easy.
Because the major technological advances occurring in those eras were related to transportation, that's what they thought of when pondering technological advance.
And here, his mad mind would run on in a breathless race; till a weariness and faintness of pondering came over him; and in the open air of the deck he would seek to recover his strength.
Great numbers of monks, each in solitary cell, spent lonely lives, scorched by the sun, ill-clad and scantily fed, pondering on portions of Scripture or copying MSS.
She stepped into the dairy, leaving him pondering over one of the goats.
He had begun to think of the last station and was still pondering on the same question--one so important that he took no notice of what went on around him.
If Ed could actually talk, she wouldn't be spending so much time pondering about Alex.
She chewed her lip, pondering the change.