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Seed of reflection

Posted by Natty on November 02, 2004

Nicholas, an old man, loves young Christina.
He thinks that she loves him as well.
But old Dame says to him:

"She'll fool you for the sake of her friends till you
haven't a cent left, and then she'll laugh at
you. Girls for boys, and old women for old men."

And then the author says:

"Girls for boys, and old women for old men." The phrase kept ringing in his ears. Hitherto his new-found happiness had filled his life, leaving no room for thought. But the old Dame's words had sown the
seed of reflection... Was Christina fooling him?

What exactly is the meaning of "seed of reflection"? A second thought? A doubt? A suspicion? A consideration?

Thank you in advance!