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Definitions of 'muse'
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[Middle English musen, from Old French muser (possibly from mus, snout) (from Medieval Latin mūsum), or of Germanic origin.]
(verb: mused, mus·ing, mus·es.)
To be absorbed in one's thoughts; engage in meditation.
To consider or say thoughtfully: mused that it might take longer to drive than walk.
A state of meditation.
So you admit that Ridge was thinking political considerations was a possibility?